MODERN THEATRE - 2019/0

Module code: TDLM013

Module Overview

This module will allow students to engage in study of contemporary theatre movements and traditions from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. Practitioners and movements studied may include, but are not restricted to, Expressionism, Surrealism, Meyerhold, Agitprop, American Political Theatre of the 20th Century, Brecht and Epic Theatre, Documentary Theatre, In-Yer-Face Theatre, Kitchen Sink Theatre, Feminist Theatre, Theatre of the Absurd, Theatre of the Oppressed, Verbatim Theatre, Immersive Theatre, Site-Specific Theatre, Applied Theatre.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

DAVIDSON AJ Mr (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 following these modules: The Background to Theatre, The Greeks, Shakespeare in Performance, Naturalism and the Actor.

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. Practitioners and movements studied include, but are not restricted to Expressionism, Surrealism, Meyerhold, Agitprop, American Political Theatre of the 20th Century, Brecht and Epic Theatre, Documentary Theatre, In-Yer-Face Theatre, Kitchen Sink Theatre, Feminist Theatre, Theatre of the Absurd, Theatre of the Oppressed, Verbatim Theatre, Immersive Theatre, Site-Specific Theatre, Applied Theatre.
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 contemporary theatre making

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 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)
Apply key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique to own critique of theatrical productions (P)
Apply critical thought and understanding to analyse and evaluate key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre (P, C)
Analyse and evaluate a broad range of influential theatrical texts and their contexts (K, C)
Analyse and evaluate key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique (C)
Analyse and evaluate the impact of past traditions and contexts upon contemporary theatrical practices with critical objectivity (C,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

  • This module aims to enable students to engage in the study of modern theatre making, in order to gain and evidence a knowledge of:
  • • Theatre as a political, moral, social, cultural, ethical voice
  • • Critical analysis of theatre
  • • The relationship between the actor and audience
  • • The construction of stages and performance platforms
  • • The construction of theatrical and social meaning

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and process information and to communicate clearly in writing T
002 Apply key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique to own critique of theatrical productions P
003 Apply critical thought and understanding to analyse and evaluate key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre CP
004 Analyse and evaluate a broad range of influential theatrical texts and their contexts CK
005 Analyse and evaluate key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique C
006 Analyse and evaluate the impact of past traditions and contexts upon contemporary theatrical practices with critical objectivity CT

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 modern theatre making 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 contemporary theatre making through the structured exploration of performance possibilities and production history of selected texts, movements and practitioners 


The learning and teaching methods include:


Study based on module content and associated activities via the virtual learning environment during Teaching Block 1 (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 MODERN THEATRE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/tdlm013

Other information

Under the three term structure that commences from academic year 2019/0 – this module’s delivery falls in Semester 1 due to the teaching occurring in Teaching Block 1.

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 2019/0 academic year.