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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PECI2714 Politics, Identity and Performance

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Ruth Daly

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module will explore theoretical engagement with politically-oriented 21st century performance practice texts. It will offer the opportunity to reflect on how identity is constructed and experienced through the intersections of gender, sexuality, class, disability, race, and ethnicity. Considering performance as political protest and an exploration of identity, the module maps key texts, practitioners and practices onto contemporary political discourse.


Students will typically be presented with a range of case studies in weekly lectures that address different aspects of the relationship between politics and identity in contemporary performance practice, informed by historical precedents where appropriate. Case studies will focus on key recent examples of protest and global protest movements, as well as concrete examples of trends in contemporary performance work and related popular culture ranging from commercial musicals to live art and body-based performance. Ideas about how personal as well as public identities are formed and performed, along with the power relations between these, will guide much of the thinking and analysis. The notion of performance as a critical lens through which we might analyse political protest and identity will be central.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. evaluate and engage with the political and cultural frameworks that contextualise 21st century political performance practice;
2. critically engage with a diverse range of texts, practitioners and cultural practices drawn from global contexts;
3. demonstrate a critical vocabulary through which to analytically relate theory and practice
4. apply in-depth knowledge of various theoretical constructs in relation to selected practitioners and performance texts.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
5. Effectively communicate critical arguments
6. Effectively engage with texts embedded in different cultural contexts


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment14.004.00
Private study hours174.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

• Contribution to classes.
• Discussion with tutors (as appropriate)
• Specific assignment support in small group seminars

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000-3,500 word essay70.00
Presentation15 minute presentation30.00
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: 29/04/2024 16:18:56


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