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Research Methods THEATRE5009

  • 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: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

An exploration of key research methodologies relevant to the critical and practical study of performance and leading to the scoping of a research project.


A series of seminars offered by members of staff and/or visiting practitioners.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.


One formally assessed assignment: one 2500 word essay or practical project in response to the course (and as agreed upon between tutor and student) or a scoping report for an actual or speculative research project/dissertation. This is weighted at 100% of the assessment. Note that for students to complete this course successfully, the following minimum requirements must be met: submission of the written assignment; satisfactory attendance at classes, at least 90% of scheduled activities; satisfactory preparation for and participation in classes; prescribed reading; active participation in seminars and workshop sessions.

For students to complete this course successfully, the following minimum requirements must be met -
- submission of the written assignment
- satisfactory attendance at classes - at least 90% of scheduled activities
- satisfactory preparation for and participation in classes - prescribed reading; active participation in workshop session

Course Aims

■ The course aims to:

■ introduce a variety of interdisciplinary methodologies for the study of performance;
alert students to the most recent critical interventions in performance practice, drama
turgy and critical theory; and,

■ explore contemporary methods of practice as research.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the key methodologies that shape contemporary theatre and performance studies;

■ demonstrate an ability to evaluate and synthesise relevant methodologies drawn from a range of disciplines;

■ demonstrate a critical engagement with a range of theoretical texts, both historical and contemporary in provenance;

■ demonstrate an ability to contribute to contemporary theoretical debates in respect of theatre and performance;

■ demonstrate an understanding of the place of research in professional practice.

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.