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THT1002 Making Theatre History 2

Semester 2, 2022 Online
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
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022

Staffing

Examiner: David Burton

Requisites

Enrolment is not permitted in THT1002 if THE1002 has been previously completed.

Overview

The study of the performance event, and of dramatic texts and theatre theories, provides insights into human experience. Knowing more about human beings through the dramatic literature of the twentieth century relies on the notion of “posts” (things that occur after significant events). Significant historical aspects of the twentieth century will be considered so that students may gain a foundational knowledge of the dynamics relationship between history, theory and drama. The material studied here is central to the broad knowledges required for theatre, arts, communication, humanities and education students.

This course provides students with an introductory overview of some of the major plays, theories and historical features of the twentieth century. Texts will be drawn mostly from European, American and Australian performance traditions, as well as discussions around colonial processes (including, Indigenous, female and queer absence) to capture a wide variety of playwriting styles and comparisons between works. Continuing on from THE1001, this course further develops students' written skills and knowledge about the construction of dramatic literature and its historical context. Using essays, quizzes, and debates, students will read a wide variety of materials to promote a wide consideration of how the theatre is dynamic.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. explain how aspects of twentieth century drama were shaped by socio-cultural changes and how this might influence other how theatre is made
  2. identify specific dramatic texts and theoretical contexts from Western traditions of theatre in the twentieth century
  3. Compare and contrast theatrical styles in order to understand the dynamic applications of theatre performance embedded in dramatic literature
  4. interpret and communicate ideas in writing using the essay genre and format

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Laying the Foundations 10.00
2. Post-WW1 14.00
3. Post-WW2 14.00
4. Post-Colonial 14.00
5. Post-Patriarchy 14.00
6. Post- Pandemic 12.00
7. Post-911 12.00
8. Post- Feminism 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Bovell, A 2015, When the rain stops falling, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills, New South Wales.
Finnigan, D, Hobba, J & Griffin Theatre Company 2018, Kill climate deniers, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills, New South Wales.
Lui, N 2019, Black is the new white, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, New South Wales.
Wright, T & Enoch, W 2015, Black diggers, Playlab, South Brisbane B.C. Queensland.
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.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Assessment
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Oral Presentation (ind, grp, mltmd) Yes 20 1,2
Assignments Written Essay 1 No 20 2,3,4
Assignments Written Essay 2 No 40 3,4
Assignments Written Quiz No 20 2
Date printed 27 June 2022