Approaching Drama, Theatre and Performance (Q3278F)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

In this module, you are introduced to two forms of art and culture - drama and film.
You explore how these mediums have played a key role in shaping how we think.

You develop a working knowledge of the expressive processes of the two media, as well as the key representational practices they have in common.
For example, you study:

  • negotiation and construction of gender and sexuality
  • race and ethnicity
  • social class
  • cultural identity.

You investigate various ways of thinking about each medium, as well as possible intersections between them.

In your studies, you encounter diverse forms of dramatic practice and distinct forms of cinema - from, for instance, theatrical realism to contemporary experimental performance, from the Hollywood mainstream to films from around the globe.

In addition, you're also introduced to a range of critical, contextual and theoretical approaches that will help prepare you for degree-level study in the humanities.

In this module, you're taught through:

  • lectures
  • screenings
  • seminars - during which you're expected to actively participate.

In your assessments for this module, you're expected to demonstrate engagement with a range of appropriate critical practices and frameworks, from medium-specific analysis to cultural and/or ideological critique.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 33 hours of contact time and 117 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.