HM6817: Modern Drama

HM6817: Modern Drama

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Modern Drama
Module Code HM6817
Module Tutor Paul Innes
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

The purpose of this module is to gain an understanding of drama's engagement with contemporary culture from the late nineteenth century to the present day by focusing on the representation of social conflict in modern drama.

Indicative Syllabus

In this module students will have the opportunity to explore how great playwrights engage with political and cultural issues on the stage. Emphasis will be placed on the theatrical experience as a whole; so you will not only analyse texts from a literary point of view but consider the performance and staging of plays, and acquire a sense of major developments and change within theatre history.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

1. summarise and relate a detailed working knowledge of a wide range of dramatic texts and analyse their key themes and issues

2. critically explore these texts with an informed understanding of the challenges of their political, social and cultural contexts

3. produce a nuanced understanding of the continuities and innovations of theatre history during this period

4. develop their critical vocabulary as appropriate for the sophisticated study of drama.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Assignment: Individual: 1500 words or equivalent
002: 50% Assignment: Individual: 1500 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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