THTR13124 - Theatre Studies 3
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit you will study the development and structure of theatre styles from the European Renaissance period and ancient Asian theatres. You will also analyse relevant performance practices while you study the broader political, social and cultural contexts as they specifically relate to the theatrical performance practice and dramatic literature of these periods.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance
  • Mackay

Website

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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. Presentation 40%
3. Written Assessment 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the development and structure of theatre styles from the European Renaissance period and ancient Asian theatres.
  2. Articulate various attributes of performance practice relating to the European Renaissance period and ancient Asian theatres.
  3. Relate the performance practices of the European Renaissance period and ancient Asian theatres to their broader political, social, and cultural contexts.

N/A

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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 - Presentation        
3 - Written Assessment        

Prescribed Textbooks

Commedia dell'Arte: An Actor's Handbook
Author/s: John Rudlin Year: 1994
Edition: Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd.
City: London
Country: UK
The Japanese Theatre
Author/s: Benito Ortolani Year: 1995
Edition: Revised Edition Publisher: Princeton University Press
State: New Jersey
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
The Actor's Secret: Techniques for Transforming Habitual Patterns and Improving Performance
Author/s: Betsy Polatin Year: 2013
Edition: Publisher: North Atlantic Books
City: Berkeley State: CA
Country: USA
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library. Note:

The prescribed texts for this course are: Commedia dell'Arte: An Actor's Handbook by John Rudlin and The Japanese Theatre by Benito Ortolani. These texts will be available through open source web links and the university bookshop.

The following supplementary text will be available in the university bookshop:

The Actor's Secret: Techniques for Transforming Habitual Patterns and Improving Performance by Betsy Polatin.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • 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 CoordinatorPaula Dawson (p.dawson@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: Introduction to Mask, Mime and Ritual

N/A

Week 2 13-03-2017

Topic 2: The Ancient World and the Performance of Everyday Life

N/A

Week 3 20-03-2017

Topic 3: Japanese Theatre I

Intensive production period: no classes, lessons, workshops in discipline areas

N/A

Week 4 27-03-2017

Topic 3: Japanese Theatre II

Intensive production period: no classes, lessons, workshops in discipline areas

N/A

Week 5 03-04-2017

Topic 3: Japanese Theatre III

Intensive production period: no classes, workshops, lessons in discipline areas

N/A

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

Topic 4: The Renaissance, Restoration, and Revelry

N/A

Submission of Research Project 1

Week 7 24-04-2017

Topic 5: Commedia dell' Arte I

N/A

Submission of Research Project 1

Research Project 1 Due Friday (28 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Topic 5: Commedia dell'Arte II

N/A

Week 9 08-05-2017

Presentations

N/A

Presentations and submission of written documentation

Research and Presentation Project 2 Due Friday (12 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Topic 6: The Resurgence of Ritual

N/A

Week 11 22-05-2017

Topic 7: Mask and Mime: Lecoq and Decroux

N/A

Week 12 29-05-2017

Topic 7: Mask and Mime II: Clown, 'Bouffon', and Performing Identity

N/A

Submission of written assignment

Written Assignment Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Research Project 1
Task Description

Research project on traditional Japanese Theatre

Length of written documentation:1000-words

Task:

Student will prepare and submit a written/visual exploration of a theatre piece based on one of the following Japanese performance traditions: Noh, Kyogen, Kabuki or Bunraku. Students will approach the project from the perspective of director, designer and actor. This project must include appropriate historical and academic documentation, as well as a 1000 word written articulation of process and research. Students may focus on one character for their analysis within an overarching examination of the selected performance genre. Additional documentation should include visual representations: sketches, photos, etc. There is no physical performance component to this assessment.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment Criteria:

  • Ability to fulfill the requirements of the role. 25%
  • Historical accuracy and/or commitment to vision. 25%
  • Ability to clearly articulate your process/participation with regard to the assigned project. 30%
  • Depth/quality of research and documentation. 20%
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. Discuss the development and structure of theatre styles from the European Renaissance period and ancient Asian theatres.

3. Relate the performance practices of the European Renaissance period and ancient Asian theatres to their broader political, social, and cultural contexts.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence



2 Presentation

Assessment Title Research and Presentation Project 2
Task Description

Length of performance project: One Commedia dell'Arte scenario of up to 10 minutes to be performed in Week 9 during class time

Length of written documentation: 500 - 750 words

Task:

Students will, in assigned groups, present a Commedia dell' Arte Scenario. Each member of your group will take on an assigned role: director, designer (set, costume, lighting, props, sound etc.) and every student in the group will perform. Exceptions may be made for directors. The goal of each project is to create a historically informed presentation of the selected text with respect to the performance conventions of Commedia dell' Arte including: accurate portrayal of stock Commedia characters relevant to the scenario, use of masks and appropriate costumes, incorporation of lazzi, and moments of improvisation. In-depth research is essential to the project. Each student will also submit a 500-750 word analysis of their assigned character including: specific character traits, mask design, physical representation and use of lazzi, as well as a reflection on what purpose the character serves within the world of Commedia. The written assessment must be accompanied by appropriate historical and academic documentation. Students must also submit a peer review through Moodle on the day of the presentation.

Distance Learning:

In the case of distance students, the individual student will prepare and submit a written/visual exploration of a scenario as director, designer and actor. This presentation must be accompanied by appropriate historical and academic documentation, as well as a brief written articulation of process. Students will choose one stock Commedia character to analyze. See above for required length of documentation. Additional documentation may be submitted in the form of sketches, visual representations, etc. Internet links to Commedia scenarios will be made available on Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment Criteria:

  • Ability to fulfill the requirements of the role. 20%
  • Historical accuracy and/or commitment to vision. 25%
  • Participation in process. 10%
  • Ability to clearly articulate your process/participation with regard to the assigned project. 30%
  • Depth/quality of research and documentation. 15%
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

2. Articulate various attributes of performance practice relating to the European Renaissance period and ancient Asian theatres.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assignment
Task Description

Write a 2000-word research essay on the following topic:

The Resurgence of Ritual and Mask in 20th Century Theatre

  • In the 20th Century many theatre practitioners turned away from Realism and Naturalism and began to experiment with masks, puppetry, and ritual, often inspired by traditional and non-Western performance practices. These art forms were adopted for the creation of avant-garde work and as a tool for actor training. Choose two of the following theatre practitioners: Alfred Jarry, Jacques Copeau, Peter Brook, Jerzy Grotowski, Peter Schumann, or Ariane Mnouchkine and compare and contrast their use of mask or puppetry in their creative and training processes. Include examples from specific productions. Discuss their influences and inspirations, cultural appropriation, and re-engagement with ritual in the creation of new theatre and the re-imagination of classic texts. You must include primary source materials (specific productions) to support your argument as well as secondary sources, e.g. Academic analysis and contemporaneous critique and discussion.

N.B.: This is an academic paper. Do not rely solely on web-based sources. On-line research sources obtained from peer reviewed journals or academic databases are acceptable. Any internet sources used must be scholarly and accredited. Citations from Wikipedia, Sparksnotes, or similar web-sites are not to be used under any circumstances. Inclusion of these sources will be penalized.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria:

  • A clearly defined thesis. 10%
  • Orderly progression of argument. 10%
  • Development of argument including relevance of material. 10%
  • Use of primary sources to support argument or theme. 5%
  • Independent and original thought and analysis. 5%
  • Effective and consistent synthesis of ideas, arguments, and supporting evidence 10%
  • A clear conclusion, connected to the initial thesis. 5%
  • Legitimacy of sources. 5%
  • Correctly formatted reference list and bibliography. 5%
  • Appropriate and correct use of in-text referencing. 10%
  • Depth of reading/research 5%
  • Grammatical accuracy and spelling 10%
  • Presentation and organisation, including appropriate sentence construction and word choice 10%
Presentation:
  • This assignment is to be saved as a Word document and submitted online through the course website.
  • Use 12 point Times New Roman font.
  • This paper must be double-spaced.
  • Sub-headings may be used as appropriate.
  • All excerpts from primary sources, including diagrams and pictures should include an in-text reference, and full details included in the Reference List.

Reference List:

  • Every assignment should include a reference list. This reference list can include the textbook as well as other readings you may have used.
  • The Reference List is an important part of your assignment and must be presented correctly. It should include all book, journal articles (including electronic journal articles from databases), newspaper articles, scores, scripts, music recordings, video recordings and references from electronic sources.
  • The referencing style is the APA Style, 6th Edition.
  • The CQU library website has sections of referencing using this style.

Before you submit your assignment:

Please make sure your name and student number is clearly marked on the assignment.

Assessment Value: 100%

Final Weighting: 40%

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. Discuss the development and structure of theatre styles from the European Renaissance period and ancient Asian theatres.

3. Relate the performance practices of the European Renaissance period and ancient Asian theatres to their broader political, social, and cultural contexts.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence




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