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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PECI5602M Critical Concepts in Applied Theatre and Intervention

30 creditsClass Size: 18

Module manager: Dr Aylwyn Walsh

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module will introduce students to a range of critical concepts that underpin applied theatre and interventionist practice. The module will explore a set of key theoretical principles and provide opportunity for students to critique a variety of perspectives and consider how core debates and discourse have shaped and influenced contemporary Applied Theatre practice. The module requires students to select one area for further development and investigation to be assessed in a presentation format.


• This module will explore the key theoretical concepts that underpin applied theatre and interventionist practice.
• Students will examine the development of applied theatre practice and interrogate the critical and conceptual frameworks that have shaped and continue to influence contemporary practice.
• Students will develop an understanding of key concepts such as identity, social exclusion, efficacy and impact, social justice, pedagogy, ethics and aesthetics in relation to different applied theatre practices.

Learning outcomes
1. Develop an understanding of the critical concepts that underpin applied theatre and interventionist practice; 

2. Identify, discuss and critique the core debates and discourses relating to applied theatre and 
interventionist practice; 

3. Select and apply appropriate theoretical frameworks to interrogate a defined aspect of applied 
theatre and interventionist practice; 

4. Present a developed argument in presentation and in written form that relates to their chosen
area of investigation. 


The syllabus will include investigation of the following:

• Consideration of definitions and history of Applied Theatre
• Notions of Community, Culture and Social Change;
Critical considerations related to Identity and Representation; transformation; intervention
• Consideration of Applied Theatre Communities and Contexts;
• Ethics, managing expectations

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment14.004.00
Private study hours275.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students spend private study time engaging with readings, conducting online research into existing companies and practices, engaging with documentation of practice and meeting reading groups to discuss readings in advance of class.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored formatively through observation of seminar participation and tutorials, and, summatively through the two assessment activities.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2500 words40.00
Presentation15 minute presentation60.00
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: 30/06/2021 13:18:26


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