Theatre Dissertation (DRA3094)

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Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesDRA1004, DRA1012
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to allow you to:

  • Critically reflect on a research topic of their own design
  • Delineate an area of independent research in consultation with your tutor and peers
  • Complete an in-depth piece of intellectual research in any area of theatre and performance
  • Engage in a scholarly investigation of theatrical practice

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Engage with a focussed topic over a sustained period, developing writing skills and approaches to analysis
  • 2. Develop advanced analytical skills and the confidence to approach complex and challenging materials

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Engage critically and analytically from different theoretical perspectives to explore performance practice through theoretical concerns, and to synthesise findings in written tasks.
  • 4. Apply a wide range of library and IT skills in detailed independent research
  • 5. To work independently and within seminar groups to refine research skills, and to assess and apply feedback to develop ability to write and think about performance in complex ways

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Develop advanced personal research skills using personal initiative; to set personal objectives that are linked to a sense of challenge and extending boundaries and to identify and evaluate personal learning strategies that are self-critical as much as self-reflective
  • 7. Develop group cooperation skills, including the ability to give and receive constructive critical feedback, and to improve communication skills and advanced analytic abilities in discussions
  • 8. Plan and execute a complex written project in a limited timeframe

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Introduction to advanced level research and development of writing skills to a high level
  • You will be guided through a range of research and writing tasks in large groups, smaller groups, and independently with their tutor
  • Preparatory lectures to support you starting early in developing their projects
  • Detailed individual presentations, peer feedback, and one-to-one tutorials
  • You will have completed a plan and a short piece of draft material before the Term 2 vacation and received tailored feedback from your tutor on this work
  • You will submit your 8000 word projects following the Term 2 break
  • You can expect a wide range of teaching and detailed feedback throughout the module. The emphasis is, however, on independent learning and research

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching10.5Seminar activities
Scheduled Learning and Teaching9Writing enrichment workshops
Scheduled Learning and Teaching2Tutorials
Guided Independent Study100Reading research and prep for annotated bibliography
Guided Independent Study178.5Research and writing of essay

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral presentation20 minutes1-9Oral feedback from tutor
Draft materialUp to 1000 words1-9Oral feedback from tutor

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Annotated bibliography25A bibliography, containing between 10-15 relevant academic sources (books, book chapters, journal articles) including 1 source on methodology and 3 monographs. Each entry annotated by between 100-300 words to demonstrate student engagement with, and understanding of material, maximum of 3500 words.1, 3-5, 7Written feedback from tutor
Essay 758000 words (or equivalent)1-9Oral and written feedback in tutorials and on drafts and written feedback on final submission

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Annotated bibliographyAnnotated bibliography as above1, 3-5, 7Referral/Deferral period
Essay Essay 1-9Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

In conjunction with the tutor you will devise a personal reading and research programme.

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Drama, praxis, theatre, performance, research, independent