UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ENGL2502 World Theatre: Cultures and Contexts

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the English and Cultural Studies major sequence
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Science students
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
Content This unit introduces students to a diversity of theatre and performance forms across cultures and periods. Students study particular theories and practices concerning the development of theatre cross-culturally, drawing on particular play texts, video and DVD material, critical and contextual readings and ongoing workshop discussion and activities. The unit aims to build on students' skills in research, critical analysis and oral and written communication and the ways in which knowledge in English and Cultural Studies is organised, towards developing an in-depth and critical understanding in specific areas of cross-cultural and historical theatre and performance theories and practices. Successful completion through all facets of assessment in the unit serves students who proceed to Level 3 studies in English and Cultural Studies and more specifically for those enrolling in ENGL3502 Making Theatre and Performance.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) independently identify and interpret the conventions of particular cross-cultural theatre and performance practices through an appropriate analysis of relevant scholarly information and creative material concerning theatre and performance; (2) have an historicised understanding of fundamental critical concepts that allow them to recognise and discuss the relationship between the formal, thematic and functional aspects of specific cross-cultural theatre and performance practices; (3) gain useful relevant skills in selective theatre practices through workshop activities, and in-house and public performances; (4) learn how to work effectively on projects involving complex ideas (a) both independently and collaboratively; and (b) in workshop, rehearsal and performance contexts; (5) express ideas, information and argument coherently and logically in written and oral forms; (6) work effectively as a member of a collaborative group in a tutorial context; (7) enhance research skills in locating and assessing critical writing in traditional and digital media; (8) gain a critical understanding of the role played by ideologies of race, gender, and class in literary and cultural contexts; (9) refine and demonstrate highly developed skills of textual analysis and critical reasoning; and (10) further develop and practise enquiry-based learning and research and communication acquired at Level 2 into Level 3 units in English and Cultural Studies, with applications across a broader field of study at UWA.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a critical exercise/review; (2) a research essay; and (3) tutorial/workshop participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Stephen Chinna
Unit rules
Prerequisites: any Level 1 English unit
Contact hours 3 hours per week

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