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THE8002 The Body: Representation and Imposition (Masters)

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: The Body: Rep & Impos(Masters)
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
ASCED code : 100103 - Drama and Theatre Studies
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Janet McDonald


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MARA or BCAH or MSTA.
Enrolment is not permitted in THE8002 if THE4002 has been previously completed.


This course is designed to interrogate the centrality of the body as image and material reality in performance in order to advance the understanding of body contexts in professional performance practice and critique. How the body is framed as a mediated body for public display creates complex ethical, aesthetic, and cultural issues and insights that are key to the analysis of and reflection on performance.


This course seeks to engage students in the application of theory to research and practice through demonstration and analysis of the body as a vehicle for complex and transmutable expression. The body is very often the locus of meaning for performative texts. The social, cultural and political framing of the how the body might be read, embodied, queered, transformed, and imposed upon will be explored in this course in order to engage students with their own creative performance practice. An awareness of the body as a key indicator of performance (and performance as indicator of the body rendered visible) is central to all discussions in this course.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. advance and integrate a variety of theoretical positions about the body and performance using advanced written and oral communication to engage scholarly reflection of the body in the creative arts;
  2. apply theoretical positions to the analysis of performance within specific or hybrid creative arts discipline/s in order to demonstrate adaptability of theory in practice;
  3. engage in advanced cross-disciplinary debate and discussions as to the nature of contemporary notions of “the body” and its use in professional creative practice for the creation of performance/artefacts for public and private consumption.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The actual body and the virtual/fictionalised body 25.00
2. The performance of the body: transgressions and transformations 25.00
3. Desire and the body: the body rendered invisible 25.00
4. The mediated body: the body rendered visible 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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As directed by the lecturer. Readings and activities will appear in 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.
Auslander, P 2008, Liveness: performance in mediatized culture, 2nd edn, Routledge, New York.
Baker, B 2006, Masculinity in fiction and film: representing men in popular genres, 1945-2000, Continuum, New York.
Broadhurst, S 1999, Liminal acts: a critical overview of contemporary performance and theory, Cassell, New York.
Butler, J 2004, Undoing gender, Routledge, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 65.00
Private Study 100.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
SEMINAR PAPER 1 100 30 16 Aug 2021
SEMINAR PAPER 2 - GROUP 100 30 07 Sep 2021
MAJOR ESSAY 100 40 29 Oct 2021

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:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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.

Date printed 14 April 2021