Theatre Studies MA

Shaping Futures: Theatre and Cultural Policy THEATRE4083

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Taking Scottish theatre and cultural institutions as a case study, this course thinks through the relationship between creative practice and cultural policy. How are theatres influenced by their material conditions and institutional frameworks, e.g., regarding their position within specific national contexts? What is the role of cultural policy for shaping the future of theatrical practice and/or society?


10 x 2h lectures, as scheduled on MyCampus; 3 x 2h field trips, as scheduled on MyCampus; 1 x 4h workshop, 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.

Excluded Courses





1 x report (6,000-9,000) word group-authored report; there will be a group mark for this piece of work) - 50% 

1 x oral presentation of the report's findings (20 minutes plus 20 minutes Q&A) - 20%

1 x research trail OR critical reflection (2,000 word (or equivalent)) - 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:

■ examine the relationship between creative practice and cultural policy in general, and with a specific focus on current issues in the Scottish theatre and cultural environment;

■ gain deeper knowledge of Glasgow's cultural sector and cultural policy frameworks;

■ provide an understanding of the material conditions and institutional frameworks within which theatre is produced, presented and consumed;

■ develop skills and an understanding of how to use academic research in an applied setting, e.g., when working on cultural policy reports

■ consider post university options within a guided and supportive environment

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ work effectively in groups to review evidence and information from a range of sources including qualitative interviews and archival research;

■ demonstrate the ability to reflect on and articulate graduate attributes;

■ use academically informed research to prepare reports for a non-academic audience;

■ analyse how creative practice is shaped by its material conditions and institutional frameworks;

■ write critically and analytically in a manner that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of a selected aspect of creative practice and cultural policy

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.