Theatre Dissertation (DRA3094)

30 credits

The concept of theatre dissertation lies at the heart of the pedagogical principles espoused by the Drama Department at the University of Exeter. We observe the necessity for placing theory and practice in dynamic dialogue. This independent research module invites students to critically explore an area of theatre or performance practice and produce a detailed scholarly essay on their chosen subject within the field of theatre and performance studies. Students will be guided through a series of group research activities before delineating their own research topic. Students will then work one-to-one with their tutor to develop an 8000 word research essay. Writing a sustained investigative scholarly essay will further students’ dynamic understanding of the interrelationship between theory and practice, between thinking and doing.

Incoming international students welcome, subject to taking all 120 credits in Drama at level 3.  In addition to drama, theatre, and performance students, this module will engage the interest of students from English literature, history, philosophy, and politics.