Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Advanced Topic in Theatre Studies 1

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Theatre Studies

DESCRIPTION The study-unit gives students the opportunity to carry out independent research on a specific topic in theatre and performance studies. The topic will be chosen in consultation with the coordinating lecturer. Students will be asked to write an individual research proposal that will include: title of research project, aims and objectives, methodologies involved, programme of work, and tentative results/conclusions.

The study-unit is conducted on an individual basis, with students working largely on their own, without the need to attend formal lectures (unless specified and directed by the lecturer), although 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 be assessed and will contribute to the final assessment. Due to its nature, this study-unit can only be taken after consultation with the coordinating lecturer.

Study-unit Aims:

- To carry out research on a theatre and performance topic;
- To present the findings in a written form (assignment);
- To create an appropriate research proposal;
- To provide students with new perspectives on the complexities that characterise acting, theatre, and performance processes, enabling them to approach the practice and study of theatre in a more knowledgeable way.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

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

- Write research proposals;
- Put the proposal to practice and conduct in-depth research on a specific area of studies in theatre and performance;
- Apply material generated from their research to the written assignments for this and other units.

2. Skills:

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

- Comprehend the mechanics necessary in the design and application phases of a research proposal;
- Carry out research using the appropriate research methodologies;
- Demonstrate critical and analytic skills, in written form, on the topic chosen.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Due to the unique nature of each topic that will be chosen, the reading list will be agreed upon by the study-unit coordinator and student(s) during one of the tutorial sessions.

Indicative titles include:

- R. Schechner, Performance Studies: An Introduction (London: Routledge, 2002)
- P. Allain and J. Harvie, Theatre and Performance (London: Routledge, 2005)
- S. Murray and J. Keefe, eds. Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction (London: Routledge, 2007).

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 Independent Study and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Report SEM1 Yes 30%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Stefan Aquilina

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