Module code: APP1003

Module Overview

This module will engage students in the study of the history, impact and ethos of theatre by focusing on key ideas and approaches that have formed its development. Topics to be studied include, but are not limited to theatre history, theories of performance and exploration of the political, social and ethical response, role, responsibility and impact of theatre in relation to communities and societies globally. This module seeks to empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status. 

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader

WAGNER Matthew (GSA)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 84

Seminar Hours: 108

Guided Learning: 54

Captured Content: 54

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Each teaching block, students will undertake two weekly two hour seminars building on structured materials provided via the VLE that the students will engage with independently prior to each seminar.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Written Assessment - Essay 50
Coursework Presentation Assessment - Case Study 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a practical evidence of a developing methodology as a creative practitioner.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

• Written assessment (Essay) – 50% 2,000 words. Typically to be submitted toward the end of teaching block 2

• Presentation assessment (Case Study) – 50% 15 minutes or equivalent. Typically to be presented toward the end of teaching block 3

Formative assessment

Continuous formative assessment occurs in every class and students will be guided to understand and recognise formative verbal feedback in addition to formal written feedback as essential to their development and learning journey.


These are assessments that provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and receive feedback from teachers, from peers and of self as directed. Students receive informal and formal verbal and written feedback and also benefit from personal tutorials/feedback panels where this feedback can be discussed after reflection and grading has taken place. Formal feedback will be published via SurreyLearn by a published date within three teaching weeks.

Module aims

  • This module aims to equip the student with an understanding of the key theatrical historical movements, moments and trends and to work to the following programme aims:
    To facilitate students' independent learning, self-management and creative entrepreneurship
  • To enable engagement with a critical understanding of context, style, genre and idiom in the diverse practices of contemporary theatre
  • To enable the student to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, research and independent practice
  • To empower students who can contribute creatively, innovatively, inclusively and intelligently to their chosen professional field

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Knowledge and understanding of key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre K
002 Apply critical thought and understanding to key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre C
003 Draw from the working practice of established practitioners and companies and apply to personal creative practice C
004 Knowledge and understanding of how to problem solve and project manage within a professional creative context T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

• Enable active and critical engagement with key theatrical concepts and histories

• Engage students through blended and flipped learning

• Enable the articulate, reflective, inclusive practitioner

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
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Other information

GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Applied and Contemporary Theatre BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% 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 2023/4 academic year.