Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Applied Theatre and Social Arts EDUC4088

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

In recent years the role performance arts can play in society has come increasingly to the fore. Student interest in the various ways theatre-based practices can intervene in social processes has equally increased and with this course both subject areas intend to fill an important gap in their provision.


10 sessions of 3 hours duration.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry in any subject comprising the School of Culture and Creative Arts and the School of Education, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes.

Excluded Courses





1. The assessment consists of a 1,500 word analytic essay (50%)

2.  in the five minute mini presentation students will briefly introduce one applied theatre/community arts project in Glasgow (or wider afield) (15%)

3. in the longer 15 minute pitch towards the end of the class students will present a hypothetical project to a hypothetical group of the public/stakeholders/funders - (35%) 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:


■ Introduce students to histories, theories and methodologies of social arts;

■ Familiarise students with a range of practical approaches to social arts;

■ Encourage critical exploration of concepts and practices of social arts and discourses around their role in society;

■ Develop interdisciplinary analytic and research skills for students to examine social arts practices in contemporary societies.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Critically analyse key issues of social arts and apply theories and models of practice;

■ Analyse how social arts approaches relate to and inform wider political and social debates;

■ Present ideas critically, clearly and coherently in an academic essay, developing well-structured arguments, and observing the disciplines of referencing, footnoting and bibliography;

■ Demonstrate an ability to produce a presentation on a chosen subject within the parameters of the course that stimulates group discussion and facilitates and encourages further study.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

80% attendance

Each element of the course assessment must be passed