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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PECI1711 Performance Perspectives

20 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Dr Fiona Bannon

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary



On completion of this module, students should be able to ...
- engage with contemporary issues in performance theory and relate them to practice;
- mobilise key performance theories and models and use them in both presentation and written work;
- develop an understanding of a range of performance forms from historical, contemporary, documented and live sources;
- communicate ideas clearly and incisively, using a variety of oral, visual and written skills;
- competently research an area of practice using library and on-line learning resources.

Learning outcomes
Knowledge of
- key theories, issues, debates and concepts in relation to performance;
- the historical, political and cultural contexts of these theories and practices;
- how to apply these theories in the analysis of the work of selected practitioners and theorists;
- appropriate critical vocabulary for relating theory and practice.


Performance Perspectives is one of two parallel core modules in the first semester, providing a foundation for the degree using lecture, seminar and research skills tasks. It will typically focus on the study of key performance perspectives drawn from concepts such as body, space, time, technology, interactivity and organisation.
Selected texts, performances, events and cultural organisations will be closely examined within the appropriate historical, political and cultural contexts of their production. Seminars will be used to debate concepts and performance practices introduced in the lectures but also to develop foundation skills in sourcing and critiquing materials, ethics, presentation, critical thinking and writing.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment13.003.00
Private study hours171.50
Total Contact hours28.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparatory reading for weekly lecture/ seminar: 36 hours
Further reading/ research after each session: 27 hours
Research, drafting and essay writing: 70 hour
Individual research and preparation for group presentation: 34

Individual research and preparation for group presentation: 34

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral Presentation20 minutes50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Alternative assessment is set according to individual circumstances and approved via Exams Tutor and Pro Dean SE

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 13:18:26


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