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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL1286 Drama: Reading and Interpretation

20 creditsClass Size: 70


Module manager: Dr Lourdes Orozco

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module aims to give you a solid foundation for the study of drama at university level through the analysis of a number of distinctive dramatic with distinct modes of theatrical expression. You will have the opportunity to explore, in depth, plays from a range of historical periods, and you will be introduced to the critical skills required for the study of dramatic works. This module enables you to examine and understand dramatic genres and forms. You will have the opportunity to read play texts and to think about them as performance, as well as studying metatheatre. As part of this, you will study these texts in practical workshops which will focus on dramaturgy, scenography, staging and other technical aspects.


On completion of this module, students should be able to read dramatic texts with an awareness of historical, social and intellectual contexts. They will have developed the fundamental critical skills and terminologies required to produce close textual readings of drama and be familiar with a range of critical and theoretical approaches to dramatic works, and to literature and culture more generally.

Learning outcomes
Students will develop:
1. their abilities in working towards critically informed theatre analysis;
2. the ability to use written communication effectively;
3. the capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse;
4. apply key strategies for exploring and analysing contemporary theatre practice;
5. the ability to come to creative solutions,
6. the ability to critique and reflect upon performance methods in critical prose.


There will be a close focus on five dramatic texts, which will be introduced individually and examined in relation to their critical, intellectual, historical, linguistic and social contexts. The texts are drawn from a variety of cultures and historical periods and demonstrate the cosmopolitan dimension of the development of theatre in English, including important dramatic works in translation. There will be at least two texts chosen from periods before 1900, and the others from the 20th or 21st century.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning52.0010.00
Independent online learning hours75.00
Private study hours99.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students are expected to devote 99 hours of private study time to this module, with the following suggested breakdown:
- Reading, preparation and follow-up for lectures, seminars and practicals: (26x1.5=) 39 hours;
- Preparation for essay assignment: 30 hours
- Preparation for exam: 30 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Fortnightly discussion in seminars; fortnightly discussion and tutor response to group collaboration in workshops; opportunity to meet tutors during consultation hours; opportunities to develop skills with writing mentors; written feedback on essay and on exam.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment1,000 words33.30
Essay2,000 words66.70
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/02/2021 10:23:39


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