THE GREEKS - 2018/9

Module code: TDLM008

Module Overview

This module will engage students in the study of Ancient Greek Theatre, examining its origins, influence and impact. Topics to be studied include, but are not restricted to: Myth, Ritual, Performance Space, Politics, The Actor and The Playwright. Original performance contexts will be studied alongside historical and contemporary productions.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

MCNAMARA AM Mrs (GSA)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: W440

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students will take this module alongside the following modules: Theories of Performance

Module content

Indicative content includes: 


Online and Distance study arising from the module material and Essential Reading texts, as laid out in the module reading list. Topics to be studied include, but are not restricted to: Myth, Ritual, Performance Space, Politics, The Actor and The Playwright 
Seminar sessions amounting to two full days at GSA (also available remotely and online) to include writing skills, personal tutorials and target setting and the study of Greek theatre text, traditions and performance

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Essay (2,500 words) 100

Alternative Assessment

n/a

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following through their formal written summative submission, in addition to their engagement with the formative assessment, module content and associated activities: 


Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and process information and to communicate clearly in writing (T) 
Knowledge and understanding of key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre, key influential theatrical texts and their contexts (K) 
Apply critical thought and understanding to key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre (P) 
Analyse and evaluate the impact of past traditions and contexts upon contemporary theatrical practices (C) 
Evaluate the work of others with critical objectivity (T)


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of: 


2,500 word essay in response to a set question/task


Formative assessment

Formative Assessment consists of an outline plan for the summative assignment in the students own choice of form, which may include, but is not restricted to an essay plan, poster, PowerPoint or equivalent software presentation, podcast (1000 words or equivalent) Feedback Informal formative feedback from tutors will be provided via, but is not restricted to, the virtual learning environment, email exchange, personal tutorials in person or via Skype, or equivalent software.

Ongoing informal formative feedback from the tutor is facilitated by, but not restricted to, structured discussion boards on the virtual learning environment and email exchange. Summative formal written feedback will follow submission of the summative assessment.

Module aims

  • Theatre as a political, moral, ethical and cultural platform
  • The role of the chorus as a device for cultural, moral and ethical critique
  • The relationship between the actor and audience
  • The construction of stages and performance platforms across cultures and societies
  • The construction of theatrical and social meaning across cultures and societies

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and process information and to communicate clearly in writing T
002 Knowledge and understanding of key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre, key influential theatrical texts and their contexts ( K
003 Apply critical thought and understanding to key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre P
004 Analyse and evaluate the impact of past traditions and contexts upon contemporary theatrical practices C
005 Evaluate the work of others with critical objectivity T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 143

Seminar Hours: 7

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: 


Actively engage online and distance learners with Greek Theatre across multiple contexts through a range of learning and teaching strategies 
Enable the online and distance learner to access core concepts studied and apply these to selected contexts 
Allow the online and distance learner to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the core concepts Greek Theatre through the structured exploration of performance possibilities and production history of selected texts


The learning and teaching methods include: 


Study based on module content and associated activities via the virtual learning environment (83 hours). 
Seminar weekend (7 hours). 
Tutor guided distance learning/independent study based on required purchase texts and online Library resources (60 hours).

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for THE GREEKS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/tdlm008

Other information

None

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Theatre MA 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.