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THE1002 Theatre in Context 2: Bourgeois to Broken

Semester 2, 2016 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100103 - Drama and Theatre Studies

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Examiner: Janet McDonald

Other requisites

It is desirable that students have completed THE1001.

Students must have access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.


This course is the second instalment of an historical and theoretical journey through Western theatrical dramatic literature.


The study of the performance event, and of dramatic texts and theatre theories, provides insights into human experience. This course provides students with an introductory overview of some of the major plays, theories and historical features of the 20th century. Texts will be drawn mostly from European performance traditions. Continuing on from THE1001, this course will develop students' ability to formulate and present academic arguments about drama.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. explain how aspects of twentieth century dramatic literature were shaped by socio-cultural changes (TLO 1)
  2. research and evaluate specific dramatic and theoretical texts from Western traditions of theatre in the twentieth century (TLO 2)
  3. apply fundamental principles of scholarly method to the writing of essays and examinations (TLO 3)
  4. analyse trends in dramatic literature of the twentieth century (TLO 2)
  5. interpret and communicate ideas in writing using the essay genre and format (TLO 4).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Bourgeois theatre: Ibsen, Chekhov and Shaw 17.00
2. Between the wars: theatrical '-isms (Jarry and Artaud) 17.00
3. Epic theatre: Brecht 17.00
4. Existential and absurd: Beckett 17.00
5. Where are the girls? feminist theatre: Caryl Churchill 16.00
6. Postmodern, postcolonial fragments: Yukio Mishima and Heine Muller 16.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Plays required for this course appear in the Selected Readings. Hard copies may be ordered and purchased from the USQ Bookshop. Alternatively, all course materials are available on Study Desk.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Bate, W J (ed) 1970, Criticism: the major texts, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego.
    (Enlarged edition.)
  • Berthold, M 1991, A history of world theatre, Continuum, New York.
  • Brockett, O 2008, History of the theatre, 10th edn, Allyn and Bacon Inc, Boston.
  • Harwood, R 1984, All the world's a stage, Little Brown and Co, Boston.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 126.00
Tutorials 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE QUIZZES 100 10 14 Jul 2016 (see note 1)
ESSAY 1 100 25 26 Aug 2016
ESSAY 2 100 25 10 Oct 2016
EXAM 100 40 End S2 (see note 2)

  1. Quizzes are ongoing throughout the semester. Information on assessment will be given to students in the first lecture and on Study Desk.
  2. This will be a closed exam. The total working time for the exam is 2 hours. The exam date will be available via UConnect when the official exam timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    The exam for this course is a CLOSED examination, and candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any deferred or supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.