THE GREEKS - 2023/4
Module code: TDLM008
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 diverse global historical and contemporary productions. 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.
Guildford School of Acting
MCNAMARA Anna (GSA)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: W440
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 74
Seminar Hours: 2
Guided Learning: 35
Captured Content: 39
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Students will take this module alongside the following modules: Theories of Performance
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, Global perspectives
- Seminar sessions (available remotely and online) to include writing skills, personal tutorials and target setting and the study of Greek theatre text, traditions and performance
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||Essay (2,500 words)||100|
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 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)
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.
- 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
|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|
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:
- 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.
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: TDLM008
GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.
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.