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 THEATRE4082

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Applied Theatre broadly describes the use of creative and performance-based practices in social, educational and/or political contexts. This course will introduce and critique some of the key histories, theories and contemporary practices in this complex and expanding field.


10 sessions of 3 hours duration as scheduled in MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Theatre Studies, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses

EDUC4088 Applied Theatre and Social Arts




Essay (3,500 words) - 50%

Seminar presentation of 10 minutes - 15%

Group presentation of 20 minutes - 35% group mark

Main Assessment In: April/May

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

This course will provide the opportunity to:


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

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

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

■ Develop interdisciplinary analytic and research skills for students to examine applied theatre and 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 applied theatre and social arts and apply theories and models of practice;

■ Analyse how applied theatre and 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;

■ Develop 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.