Theatre Praxis (DRA3062)

StaffProfessor Kate Newey - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesFor Drama Single and Combined Honours: DRA2064 Performance and Interpretation
Co-requisitesFor Drama SH: DRA3061 Practical Essay;  For International Students, all 120 credit points must be taken in Drama modules
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to allow students to critically reflect on a research topic of their own design. Students will delineate an area of research that emerges from their practical experiments in Practical Essay. The module allows students to use their practical project as a starting point for an in-depth piece of intellectual research. The module aims to facilitate a scholarly investigation of theatrical practice.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Develop advanced writing and research skills.
  • 2. Engage creatively and intellectually with their own work and the work of their peers and offer constructive peer-to-peer feedback.
  • 3. Develop advanced analytical skills and create imaginative approaches to complex and challenging materials.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Demonstrate the ability to engage critically and analytically from different theoretical perspectives, to explore theoretical concerns through practice, and vice versa, and to synthesise findings in practical and written tasks. The ability to interpret research into physical practice and vice versa.
  • 5. Demonstrate the ability to apply a wide range of library and IT skills in detailed independent research
  • 6. Demonstrate the ability to contribute research to small groups in effective presentations, to evaluate visual evidence and to develop advanced confidence in the ability to analyse, critique and manipulate complex material.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Develop advanced personal research skills using personal initiative; to set personal objectives that are linked to a sense of challenge and extending boundaries and to identify and evaluate personal learning strategies that are self critical as much as self reflective.
  • 8. Develop group cooperation skills, including the ability to give and receive constructive critical feedback, and to improve communication skills and advanced analytic abilities in discussions.
  • 9. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate in various groups and group sizes, to learn elements of teamwork and presentation, to negotiate and manage conflict when appropriate and to demonstrate leadership skills when appropriate.

Syllabus plan


The module will introduce students to advanced level research and develop their writing skills to a high level. Students will be guided through a range of research and writing tasks in large groups, smaller groups, and independently with their tutor. There will be two preparatory lectures in Term 1 to support students starting early in developing their projects. In Term 2, weeks one to three will involve lectures, small group teaching, and one to one tutorials. Weeks four to twelve will involve detailed individual presentations, peer feedback, and one-to-one tutorials. Students will have completed a plan and a short piece of draft material before the Easter vacation and received tailored feedback from their tutor on this work. Students will submit their 8000 word projects following the Easter break. Students can expect a wide range of teaching and detailed feedback throughout the module. The emphasis is, however, on independent learning and research. 


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 activities12Lectures, seminars, research project sessions and tutorials
Guided independent study288Preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral presentation20 minutes1-9Verbal feedback from tutors and peers
Draft materialup to 1,000 words1-9Verbal feedback from tutor

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
Annotated bibliograpy252,000 words1, 3-5, 7Written feedback from tutor
Essay758,000 words or equivalent1-9Verbal and written feedback in tutorials and on drafts and written feedback on final submission

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Annotated bibliographyAnnotated bibliography1-9Referral/deferral period
Essay Essay1-9Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

 In conjunction with the tutor each student devises a personal reading and research programme.

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Available as distance learning?


Origin date


Last revision date

March 2012

Key words search

drama, praxis, theatre, performance, research, independent