Pretexts and Contexts of Drama 1 (DRA1010)

StaffProfessor Jerri Daboo - Lecturer
Professor Jane Milling - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15.00
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module aims

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Utilise a range of critical and analytical approaches to performance and theatre studies
  • 2. Employ and evaluate a range of performance analysis methodologies.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Utilise basic research tools effectively and develop appropriate academic writing skills, demonstrating basic library and IT skills in independent additional research.
  • 4. Contribute confidently to research in small groups in effective presentations and to analyse and critique complex material.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Demonstrate basic personal research skills, and identify and evaluate personal learning strategies, at a basic level.
  • 6. Demonstrate confidence in communication skills and simple analytic abilities in discussions.
  • 7. Demonstrate self-management, undertake basic problem solving and critical analysis, and learn to value your own and others' ideas and beliefs
  • 8. Collaborate in various groups and group sizes and develop confidence in aspects of teamwork and presentation.

Syllabus plan

The module looks at ways of approaching theatre as an artform and a cultural practice.The module will introduce students to different ways of talking and thinking about performance in the light of contemporary theoretical and analytical approaches.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities11lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities11seminars
Scheduled learning and teaching activities11reading groups
Guided independent study267independent study: primary and secondary reading, preparation for lectures, seminars and reading groups, and follow-up work after these sessions.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
One presentation 10 minutes1,2,4,5,6,7,8formative feedback within tutorials
Continuous assessmentcontinuous1,2,4,5,6,7,8formative feedback within tutorials

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Pair Presentation3015 minutes1,2,4,5,6,7,8written feedback
Essay 1301,500 words1,2,3,4,6written feedback
Essay 240 2,000 words1,2,3,4,6written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Pair PresentationIndividual presentation OR a piece of written work1,2,4,5,6,7,8Referral/deferral period
Essay 1Essay1,2,3,4,6Referral/deferral period
Essay 2Essay 1,2,3,4,6Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Balme, Christopher B. (2008) The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Davis, Tracy C. (ed.) (2008) The Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Counsell, Colin and Wolf, Laurie (2001) Performance Analysis. An Introductory Handbook. London: Routledge.

Elam, Keir (1980) The Semiotics of Theatre and Drama. London: Routledge. Greetham.

Bryan (2008) How to Write Better Essays (Palgrave Study Skills), Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan

Martin, Jacqueline & Sauter, Willmar (1995) Understanding theatre : performance analysis in theory and practice. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell.

Pavis, Patrice (1998) Dictionary of the Theatre: Terms, Concepts, and Analysis, Toronto and Buffalo, University of Toronto Press.

Pickering, Kenneth (2005) Key Concepts in Drama and Performance (Palgrave Key Concepts), Houndmills: Palgrave

Macmillan Schecher, Richard (2002) Performance Studies. An Introduction. London: Routledge.

Warburton, Nigel (2007) The Basics of Essay Writing, London: Routledge Additional reading material provided on the Electronic Learning Environment

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Last revision date

March 2013

Key words search

Performance Analysis, contexts, theatre, performance, drama