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Debating Dramaturgy THEATRE5001

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Debating Dramaturgy is a critical and, where appropriate, practical exploration of dramaturgy in a range of historical contexts and frames. The course reviews dramaturgy and dramaturgical practices from the Classical world up to the contemporary period - by way of key theatre debates - and requires students to explore, in a seminar context, a range of primary and secondary texts.


Weekly three hour sessions

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to College at Masters level.

Excluded Courses





One 3500 word critical essay - 70%
one oral presentation of CA -
 20 minutes (30%)

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ develop and expand students' understanding of dramaturgical ideas and practices from the Classical context to contemporary theatre cultures and practices;

■ engage with a range of critical writing regarding dramaturgical ideas and practices from the Classical context to the present day; and,

■ explore the role of the dramaturge and where appropriate the role of the playwright and/or the theatre critic in a range of theatre making contexts and in a range of historical and geographical locations with reference to a critical literature and, as appropriate, works by and on professional practitioners.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On the successful completion of this course students will be able to:

■ apply a critical knowledge and understanding of the changing role and the work of a dramaturge and as appropriate the playwright and the theatre critic in a range of historical contexts;

■ utilise a critical knowledge and understanding of the changing form and purpose of the play text and its dramaturgies in a range of historical contexts;

■ move effectively between practical and theoretical analysis of all forms of the play text and of historical textual practices;

■ engage critically and analytically with the processes and the impacts of historical dramaturgical practices and debates, both orally and in writing.

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.