Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Advanced Topic in Theatre Studies 2

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


DEPARTMENT Theatre Studies

DESCRIPTION The study-unit complements THS3112 Advanced Topic in Theatre Studies 1 and gives students the opportunity to carry out further independent research on a specific topic in theatre and performance studies. The topic will be chosen in consultation with the coordinating lecturer, but an emphasis will be made on a topic that is distinct from that chosen for THS3112.

A comparative study between two theatre and performance concepts/realities will be suggested, e.g. (i) the application of a theoretical frame to a particular historical period, (ii) a critical comparison of two historical practices.

The student will be asked to write a research proposal that includes: title of research project, aims and objectives, methodologies involved, programme of work, and tentative results/conclusions. The 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 a comparative research that is relevant to the field of Theatre Studies;
- To present the findings in a written form (assignment);
- To create an appropriate research proposal;
- To provide students with new comparative 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 comparative area of studies in theatre and performance;
- Apply material generated from their research to written assignments;
- Comprehend, contextualise, and relate practical, historical, theoretical aspects of theatre and performance.

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;
- Reflect analytically, 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 coordinating lecturer 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 SEM2 Yes 30%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Vicki Ann Cremona

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