Theatre Studies MA

Theatre Studies 1: Theatre And Society THEATRE1002

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This 20 credit course aims to guide the student towards a critical awareness of the multiple relationships between theatre and society, both historically and in contemporary practices


2 lectures per week (M, W, 4-5pm); plus one 1.5 hour seminar per week for 10 weeks at times to be arranged. No lectures on: M and W of week 5 or 6 (reading week); No seminars in week 5 or 6 (reading week).


1 x 2000 word essay (weighted 40% of the course); plus, 1 x 60 minute exam (consisting of 1 comparative question) scheduled in the April/May diet (weighted at 40% of the course) and seminar contribution mark of 20%.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

Overall Level 1 Theatre Studies offers a foundational study of theatre as an aesthetic, cultural and institutional form. It aims to:
1. provide an introduction to the academic study of theatre;
2. provide an introduction to a critical methodology for the anal
ysis of theatrical performances; 
3. promote an understanding of the social and cultural contexts in which theatrical performances are produced;
4. encourage a critical knowledge of theatrical activity in the past and present, in a variety of geographically and historically different locations;
5. encourage a critical understanding of theatre arts and their practice, and the institutional and personal frameworks which affect them.
In particular the Theatre and Society course aims to:
1. guide the student towards a critical awareness of the multiple relationships between theatre and society, both historically and in contemporary practices;
2. encourage an understanding of some of the social, political and economic issues affecting theatre practice in Scotland and in Britain whilst also providing appropriate comparators from other countries;
3. open up some of the major cultural debates in contemporary theatre.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On the successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. recognise some of the cultural, political, institutional, and economic factors underlying the operation of different types of theatrical presentation, both in contemporary society and historically;
2. demonstrate an appreciation the meaning and significance of theatre in different societies and be able to engage critically with cultural debates related to theatre;
3. read the subject and contextualising literature critically, and be able to identify problems clearly for discussion in seminars;
4. use seminars with confidence as a way of clarifying and evaluating ideas, and as a means to exploring theoretical issues through practical application; and,
5. present ideas critically, clearly and coherently in academic essays, developing well-structured arguments, and observing the disciplines of referencing, footnoting and bibliography.

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.