Level 3: Performance Theory and Analysis THEATRE3001
- Academic Session: 2020-21
- School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
- Credits: 30
- Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: No
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
Level 3 Performance Theory and Analysis if offered to non-Honours Theatre Studies students as part of their General Humanities degree. It introduces students to a range of theoretical approaches to performance analysis.
8 x 3 hour seminar sessions.
Attendance at 3 performances during the course.
Requirements of Entry
Successful entry to Theatre Studies Level 3 according to specified tariffs advertised, i.e. students require a D3 minimum pass in Theatre Studies Level 2
1,500 word critical reflection on one of the performances seen (40%)
2,500 word analytical essay (60%)
The course aims to:
1. examine a variety of different types of performance (both within the theatre and beyond), and their significance within the contemporary cultural context;
2. introduce a range of theoretical and critical perspectives on performance, in order to show a variety of tools available for use in performance analysis, and a range of issues currently being debated by scholars;
3. encourage students to pursue further reading and investigation into the critical areas that interest them most, and actively to adapt the tools available to their own concerns;
4. provide a forum in which to analyse live performances according to different perspectives
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
1. critique performance events and performance theories in a seminar context and through oral presentations;
2. demonstrate an ability to question/critique the assumptions underlying both the performances they view, and the ways in which they themselves habitually view them.
3. use seminars with confidence as a way of clarifying and evaluating ideas, and as a means to exploring theoretical issues through practical application; and,
4. present ideas critically, clearly and coherently in written essays, developing well-structured arguments, and observing the disciplines of referencing, footnoting and bibliography.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.