1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 2-hour film screening weekly
Assignment(s); Tutorial participation.
Topic description
This topic must be taken by all students who intend to major in Drama. It is also available as a cognate topic. The topic builds on students' knowledge base and encourages fluency in the analysis of performance issues across media. The topic provides an introduction to future specialist study in Second and Third Years, offering opportunities to examine a wide range of modern and post-modern texts for the stage, television and film. The topic examines critical questions of gender and identity and aims to develop analytic and critical skills and provides opportunities for practical and creative activity.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • introduce students to a range of historically and stylistically significant 20th Century texts including film and television and demonstrate their implications in performance as well as their cultural contribution

  • develop students' critical thinking and their ability to consider key issues in both group settings and individual study

  • develop students' research and writing skills in a variety of forms
Expected learning outcomes
For successful completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a close knowledge of the set texts and understand their significance within the recent history of drama, television and film

  • contribute to group discussions including presenting seminars

  • research and formulate both an essay and a seminar paper

  • produce a written review of a theatre or cinema performance