Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Interdisciplinary Practices

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Theatre Studies

DESCRIPTION The study-unit gives students the opportunity to research a specific interdisciplinary topic that involves the performing arts and/or performance studies. The topic will be chosen in consultation with the coordinating lecturer. Students will either (1) participate in an existing interdisciplinary project, or (2) embark on an individual interdisciplinary research investigation.

In both cases, students will write an initial research proposal that includes: title of research project, aims and objectives, methodologies involved, a bibliography, programme of work, and tentative results/conclusions. The study-unit is conducted on an individual basis, with students working largely on their own or, in the case of an existing project, in a supervised environment, without the need to attend formal lectures (unless specified and directed by the lecturer). Tutorials will be held to monitor the student’s development. In these tutorials, students will be expected to provide a short report on the current stage in their research. The first tutorial will deal with the initial research proposal. These reports will contribute to the final assessment. Due to its nature, this study-unit can only be taken after consultation with the coordinating lecturer. The unit can also be held in collaboration with other departments, in particular with Music and Dance.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit focuses on interdisciplinary processes and practices that involve the performing arts with the aim of exploring intersections and possibilities of overlap, development, and application, thereby extending the remit of the study and research of performance.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Select, contextualise, and relate practical and theoretical aspects of the performing arts with other disciplines;
- Carry out research through fieldwork using the appropriate methodologies;
- Comprehend aspects of another specialised discipline;
- Demonstrate critical and comparative analytic skills, in written form, on the topic chosen.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Identify links and the application potential of performance practices;
- Conduct interdisciplinary observation, analysis, and critiquing;
- Demonstrate skills in planning and overseeing a research project/task that involves more than one discipline.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the study-unit, students will be asked to compile a reading list as part of their research in consultation with the coordinating lecturer.

Indicative titles:

- M. Franko ed., Ritual and Event Interdisciplinary Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2007)
- R. Schechner, Performance Studies: An Introduction (London: Routledge, 2002)
- J. Turner and J. Stets, The Sociology of Emotions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit can only be taken after consultation with the Theatre Studies Head of Department. Students are to send the confirmation email to the THS departmental secretary for record purposes.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Fieldwork, Independent Study & Tutorials

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%


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