THTR12123 - Theatre Studies 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit you will study the history of music theatre from the late nineteenth century to the present day. You will analyse important primary source materials as you study the various changes that occurred in music theatre style, form and performance practice. You will also contextualise these developments within the important technological, social and political movements of this period.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Anti-Requisite for Term 1 2017 only: MUSC14048 History of Music Theatre

Attendance Requirements

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Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance
  • Mackay

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate the principal stylistic characteristics of music theatre forms and performance practice from the late nineteenth century to the present day
  2. Analyse and evaluate the effect of important technological, social and political movements on the development of music theatre forms and performance practice from the late nineteenth century to the present day

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work    
6. Information Technology Competence    
7. Cross Cultural Competence    
8. Ethical practice    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment          
2 - Written Assessment          
3 - Written Assessment          

Prescribed Textbooks

Musical Theater An Appreciation
Author/s: McLamore, Alyson Year: 2004
Edition: Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall
City: Upper Saddle River State: New Jersey
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorJudith Brown - browj1 (J.Brown@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Topic 1: Operetta in the 19th century

Week 2 13-03-2017

Topic 2: Operetta in the 20th century

Week 3 20-03-2017

Topic 3: Early book musicals of the 1920s and 1930s

Week 4 27-03-2017

Topic 4: Book musicals of the early 1940s

Written assessment Due Friday (31 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

Topic 5: Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Topic 6: Music theatre in the 1940s and 1950s

Week 7 24-04-2017

Topic 7: Music theatre in the 1960s and 1970s

Week 8 01-05-2017

Topic 7: Music theatre in the 1960s and 1970s

Week 9 08-05-2017

Topic 8: The late 20th century

Written assessment Due Friday (12 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Topic 8: The late 20th century

Week 11 22-05-2017

Topic 9: Australian music theatre

Week 12 29-05-2017

Revision

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Written Assignment Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written assessment
Task Description

Task Description

Length: 1500 - 2000 words

Topic: Operetta and its links to the book musical

Compare and contrast one operetta from the 19th century/early 20th century by Gilbert and Sullivan, Franz Lehar or Johann Strauss Jnr with any book musical written in the 1940s or 1950s. The assignment must be based on the stage version of these musicals. As part of this analysis of these two pieces of music theatre consider the following characteristics and their differences and similarities:

  • the plot and structure of the works
  • the types of characters and their relationships
  • the styles of music sung by each of the main characters
  • role of the chorus
  • use of dance

Assignment presentation:

  • Use 12 point Times New Roman font
  • 1.5 spacing for the body of the assignment
  • You may use sub-headings to organise your assignment clearly
  • You should refer to Youtube clips to demonstrate aspects of your discussion
  • You should include excerpts from the score and script to demonstrate aspects of your discussion
  • Include in-text references
  • Include a comprehensive reference list in APA style
  • All excerpts from URLs for film excerpts, music scores, diagrams and pictures should include an in-text reference, and full details included in the Reference List.
Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
Assessment criteria:
  • Appropriate introduction and conclusion (10%)
  • Detailed comparison of the plot and structure of the works (10%)
  • Detailed comparison of the characters and their relationships (15%)
  • Detailed comparison of the music sung by each of the main characters (15%)
  • Detailed comparison of the role of the chorus in the two works (15%)
  • Detailed comparison of the use of dance in the two works (15%)
  • Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; clarity of writing style (10%)
  • Correct use of academic referencing for in-text references and reference list (10%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit online through the Moodle website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Critically evaluate the principal stylistic characteristics of music theatre forms and performance practice from the late nineteenth century to the present day

2. Analyse and evaluate the effect of important technological, social and political movements on the development of music theatre forms and performance practice from the late nineteenth century to the present day

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written assessment
Task Description

Task Description

Length: 1500 - 2000 words

Juke-box musicals and biographical musicals have become a phenomena in music theatre since the late 20th century, incorporating many styles of popular songs that were not originally written for the musical. Choose 4 different juke-box or biographical musicals (including at least one written/produced by an Australian) and discuss:

  • How the songs within each musical have changed (if at all) from their original context of a popular song to becoming songs within a musical (think about possible changes to the musical style, lyrics, arrangement)
  • How the songs have been used in the musical (do the songs develop character and plot, are they used as spectacle, or a combination of both).

To support your discussion, include URLs of Youtube performances of these songs in their original pop song context and also within the juke-box or biographical musical, as well as excerpts from lyrics as appropriate.

Assignment presentation:

  • Use 12 point Times New Roman font
  • 1.5 spacing for the body of the assignment
  • You may use sub-headings to organise your assignment clearly
  • Include in-text references
  • Include a comprehensive reference list in APA style including the Youtube clips and excerpts from the lyrics.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
  • Appropriate introduction and conclusion (5%)
  • Musical 1: Accuracy of information and depth of discussion (20%)
  • Musical 2: Accuracy of information and depth of discussion (20%)
  • Musical 3: Accuracy of information and depth of discussion (20%)
  • Musical 4: Accuracy of information and depth of discussion (20%)
  • Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; clarity of writing (7.5%)
  • Correct use of academic referencing for in-text references and reference list (7.5%)
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit online through the Moodle website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Critically evaluate the principal stylistic characteristics of music theatre forms and performance practice from the late nineteenth century to the present day

2. Analyse and evaluate the effect of important technological, social and political movements on the development of music theatre forms and performance practice from the late nineteenth century to the present day

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assignment
Task Description
Task Description

Length: 2000 - 2500 words

Discuss the innovations that have occurred in music theatre in the latter half of the 20th century. You should include specific references to at least 5 different writers and their musicals that have changed the format of music theatre from the integrated musical of the 1950s. Please refer only to stage versions of musicals, not film versions. Do not include juke-box musicals or biographical musicals in your discussion. Innovations that you should discuss include:

  • Style/organisation of the plot
  • Cultural diversity & themes explored in the musicals
  • Staging (not to include the film version of musicals)
  • Music style & instrumentation

You must support your argument with reference to various primary sources including excerpts from scripts, music scores, images, videos (from Youtube), as well as books, journal articles, articles from Grove Music Online.

All of these sources must be included in the Reference List and have in-text references if they are cited within your paper.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

  • Appropriate introduction and conclusion (10%)
  • Musical 1: Depth of treatment & support of argument (15%)
  • Musical 2: Depth of treatment & support of argument (15%)
  • Musical 3: Depth of treatment & support of argument (15%)
  • Musical 4: Depth of treatment & support of argument (15%)
  • Musical 5: Depth of treatment & support of argument (15%)
  • Accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar; clarity of presentation (7.5%)
  • Correct use of academic referencing for in-text references and reference list (7.5%)



Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Submit online through the Moodle website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Critically evaluate the principal stylistic characteristics of music theatre forms and performance practice from the late nineteenth century to the present day

2. Analyse and evaluate the effect of important technological, social and political movements on the development of music theatre forms and performance practice from the late nineteenth century to the present day

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy




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