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.

Modern German Theatre THEATRE4008

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

German drama and theatre after the Second World War has been highly influential. This course will examine the most important dramatic developments and will also look at the theatre system for which they were produced. We will also discuss the specific and crucial historical, political, and socio- economic background in post- war Germany. This will also facilitate drawing comparisons to the situation in Britain


Weekly 3 hour seminars over ten weeks.

Requirements of Entry

Successful entry to Honours level according to specified tariffs advertised.

Excluded Courses





1 x 20 minute oral presentation (25%) supported by a detailed handout on a topic chosen from a list provided by the tutor

1 x 3,500 word essay (75%)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ develop the students' understanding of key issues in post-war German theatre and drama, an area which for many seems difficult to access

■ explore the different contexts in which theatre in Germany has been operating

■ examine differences to the situation in the UK

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ demonstrate understanding of major trends in German theatre history in general and theatre and drama in post- 1945 Germany in particular

■ explain and assess the major differences between theatre provision in Germany and the UK

■ 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

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.