2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
ENGL1295 Approaches to Theatre and Performance 1
20 creditsClass Size: 24
Module manager: Dr Lourdes Orozco
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryApproaches in Theatre is structured in two units running through the teaching year. This is the first of these units, with the second following in the second semester. The module introduces some key strategies for exploring and analysing contemporary theatre practice. It considers both written plays and live performances as 'texts' to be compared, contrasted, re-interpreted and (where appropriate) re-worked. As such it provides excellent preparation for the forms of coursework that are undertaken in module's second unit. Because of the significant intellectual synergies between theatre studies and creative writing at Level One.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate understanding of key moments, movements and issues in contemporary theatrical performance; be familiar with a range of examples of textual and non-textual work and able to discuss these critically and engage with them effectively on a practical level; know how to take responsibility for their own learning, and to reflect on the development of their own critical and creative skills; work effectively in teams, negotiating outcomes and collaborating towards performance deadlines.
Students will develop:
1. their abilities in working collaboratively towards critically informed creative work;
2. the ability to use written and oral 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 work collaboratively to come to creative solutions, and to use performance methods as a mode of research and enquiry.
This module will develop foundational skills that will be further developed and tested in subsequent years of the QW34 degree programme that pertain to team work within practice: working collaboratively toward a common goal and deadline; negotiating input; selecting and prioritising input from a range of contributions; delegating and adopting responsibility for different aspects of the same task; defining collective objectives and ambitions; supporting one another's effort with sensitivity and collegiality; recognising the diversity of contribution, of working methods, of skill-sets and maximising their combination.
There will be a close focus on selected dramatic texts, texts on or by notable theatrical practitioners, texts that introduce theoretical or contextual perspectives, performances at local professional theatres. The module will offer students a broad consideration of how theatre is made today in professional and other contexts, modes of making theatrical performances, modes of reading and analysing live performance.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||50.00|
|Private study hours||100.00|
|Total Contact hours||50.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyStudents are expected to devote 100 hours of private study time to this module, with the following suggested breakdown:
- Reading, preparation and follow-up for lectures and seminars (20 x 1.5): 25 hours
- Preparation for group work and practicals (30 x 1): 30 hours
- Preparation for presentation: 15 hours
- Preparation for essay/assignment: 30 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackWeekly discussion in seminars; weekly 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 the essay and on the practical work.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Assignment||2,750 word critical analysis||66.70|
|Presentation||10-15 minute group practical performance||33.30|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
In the event of a lockdown, the practical assessment will shift to the preparation of a 'live' online event.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:36:18
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