Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Specialised Studies in Theatre and Performance

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Theatre Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit enables students to join experienced and international specialists in order to examine current issues and approaches to theatre and performance studies. Visiting specialists will have a '21st century' dimension to their research and areas of expertise, one which will be applied to a variety of contexts, practices, or historical eras.

In the weeks leading to the specialists' visits, students will prepare for these sessions through a series of tutor-led seminar-based discussions where recommended preliminary material will be discussed and/or presented. Course material will vary depending on the visiting lecturer but one will expect to tackle such material as new dramaturgies, post-dramatic theatre, embodied practices, and performance hybridity.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to:
(a) draw upon the international expertise of visiting theatre and performance specialists through prior preparation, class engagement, and subsequent application;
(b) carry out research and study on a specialised theatre and performance topic that will lead to informed and sustained analysis rather than description;
(c) contextualise the specialised topic within broader theoretical/historical/practical paradigms, depending on each specific case;
(c) link with other units of the MA in order to deepen the 21st-century dimension of the study.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

(a) synthesise the specialised material and content that (i) is discussed with the visiting lecturer, (ii) emerges from the literary sources, and (iii) is elaborated upon in the seminars;
(b) analyse a specialised aspect in theatre and performance through relevant methodologies, depending on the visiting lecturers and the chosen topic;
(c) add a further layer to their understanding of 21st-century studies in theatre and performance, enabling them to approach the practice and study of theatre and performance in a more knowledgeable and contemporary manner.

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

(a) reflect analytically on the material generated in the course of the unit;
(b) synthesize literary sources, lecture material, and seminar discussion;
(c) express own ideas in verbal and written forms;
(d) work individually and in a group.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Reading list will be set by the visiting lecturers and/or practitioners.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar & Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork Yes 40%
Assignment Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Marco Galea

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