Making Theatre for Philosophers THEATRE4089

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course seeks to allow students both to read and make theatre from essays written by leading philosophers about performance, implying a creative relationship with that text, a pedagogical approach that allows for experimentation, disagreement or critique.


5 x 3hr seminars; 5 x 3hr workshops over ten weeks, as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Theatre Studies and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Theatre Studies.

Excluded Courses





Devised performance and framing statement - 70%. (The performance [20 mins] is weighted at 50%, and the framing statement [1,500 words] is weighted at 20%). Critical Reflection (3,500 words) - 30%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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:

■ enhance students critical understanding of key philosophical texts about theatre

■ explore and interrogate how theatre 'thinks' as a medium

■ expand knowledge of the possibilities of what theatre is and how it can be made

■ improve close reading skills and ability to make sense of complex ideas

■ experiment with how to work in interdisciplinary ways

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ critically evaluate key philosophical texts about theatre through close reading, written argument, oral presentation and creative practice

■ devise theatre from a creative and critical engagement with philosophical texts

■ have a greater understanding of what theatre is historically, theoretically, and practically

■ work in an interdisciplinary manner of engaging with philosophical ideas

■ reflect critically on their creative practice in ways that promote problem solving and foster mode of collective participation, thus enhancing skills that can be used for future employment

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.