There are three compulsory modules which focus on a range of issues concerning performance as a sociocultural practice. They involve:
- conceptual and theoretical material, their interweave and their relationship to performance
- historiographical methodologies and textual issues
- analysis of live performances
- cultural difference, ethnicity and cross-culturalism
- questions to do with corporeality, alternative spaces and performance in terms of social inclusivity
A choice of options or independent study constitutes the fourth component, and a dissertation on your individual research completes your programme of study.
The three compulsory modules consist of:
Cultural Theory, Performance, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
This module is an introduction to the whole programme and focuses on the interdisciplinary use of a range of theories from sociology, anthropology, theatre and other areas to understand live performance. As part of this module you are expected to see as many performances as possible.
This module is concerned with exploring the problems and possibilities of theatre history, and the relationship between theatre, text and cultural context.
Corporeality, Embodiment, Alternative Spaces
This module includes work on rituals, shamanism, dance, hybrid forms, site-specific, multi-ethnic performance and theatres of exclusion.
Each compulsory module and the option module carry equal weight, each representing 15% of the overall mark. The dissertation is worth 40%.
Download the programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.