THTR13126 - Theatre Studies 5
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit you will study the development and structure of various theatre styles from the mid nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century. You will analyse important primary sources while studying the broader political, social and cultural contexts as they apply to the history of theatrical performance practice.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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. Presentation 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. In-class Test(s) 40%

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the development and structure of various theatre styles from the mid nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century.
  2. Articulate attributes of performance practice relating to various theatre styles from the mid nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century.
  3. Relate the performance practices of the various theatre styles from the mid nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century to their broader political, social, and cultural contexts.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Presentation    
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - In-class Test(s)  

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 - Presentation          
2 - Written Assessment          
3 - In-class Test(s)            

Prescribed Textbooks

The Enjoyment of Theatre
Author/s: Patterson, J., and Donahue, T. Year: 2014
Edition: 9th edition Publisher: Allyn and Bacon
City: Boston
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

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: Music for the stage 1900 - 1945

Week 2 13-03-2017

Topic 2: Theatre of paradox and social commentary

Week 3 20-03-2017

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

Week 4 27-03-2017

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

Week 5 03-04-2017

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

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

Topic 3: Early 20th century realism

Week 7 24-04-2017 Topic 3: Early 20th century realism
Week 8 01-05-2017 Topic 4: Oriental theatre
Performance and written paper Due Monday (01 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Topic 5: Symbolism in the theatre

Week 10 15-05-2017

Topic 6: Expressionism

Week 11 22-05-2017

Topic 7: Epic theatre

Written assessment Due Monday (22 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Topic 7: Epic theatre

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017
In class test Due Friday (16 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST

1 Presentation

Assessment Title Performance and written paper
Task Description

Topic: European cabaret up to World War II

Music Theatre Specialisation:

Task Part A: Performance (Week 7 - exact date TBA)

You are to perform two contrasting European cabaret songs by different writers, that were written before World War II, in either the original language or an English translation. These are to be performed with piano accompaniment only, and will be presented in a public performance. Use of microphone is optional. You should include appropriate costume and movement. Staging and use of props is to be kept to a minimum in keeping with the cabaret style. The two songs should be linked with a small amount of patter. The total length of this performance is to be 7 minutes maximum.

Task Part B: Written paper (Week 8 - as per unit profile)

Length: 1000 - 1500 words

The written paper will provide the historical background to these two songs, the writers and society at the time. You will also discuss the place of these two songs in the history of cabaret and political theatre between the wars.

Technical Theatre Specialisation:

Task Part A: Performance (Week 7 - exact date TBA)

You are to stage manage the cabaret performance and to create and implement a suitable sound and lighting design for the public performance.

Task Part B: Written paper (Week 8 - as per unit profile)

Length: 1000 - 1500 words

The written paper will discuss the staging design elements for European cabaret before World War II. This will be contextualised within the history of cabaret and political theatre between the wars.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment Criteria:

Music Theatre specialisation performance:

  • Clarity of diction. 10%
  • Accuracy of musical elements. 10%
  • Appropriate interpretation of the songs. 15%
  • Effective use of patter. 5%
  • Effective use of costume and movement. 10%

Technical Theatre specialisation performance:

  • Effective stage management of the cabaret performance 25%
  • Presentation of stage manager book 25%
  • Creation and implementation of sound design suitable to the cabaret setting 25%
  • Creation and implementation of lighting design suitable to the cabaret setting 25%

Written paper:

  • Appropriate introduction and conclusion. 10%
  • Accuracy of information and depth of treatment of topic. 25%
  • Correct spelling, punctuation and grammar. 5%
  • Correct use of APA 6th edition referencing style. 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

2. Articulate attributes of performance practice relating to various theatre styles from the mid nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century.

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: Write an essay on ONE of the topics provided below:

Length: 2000 words

Topic 1: The foundations of modern scenic design

Discuss the ways that scenic designers, lighting designers and directors sought to revolutionise the theatre from its traditional stylistic conventions of the 19th century to the new demands of the non-realistic stage during the early decades of the 20th century. Compare and contrast the work of at least two designers of this period. Support your argument with examples from primary sources: text and images where appropriate. All images must be correctly referenced.

Topic 2: The modern actor

Bertolt Brecht and Constantin Stanislavski both rebelled against 19th century theatrical conventions, developing new methodologies in acting, rehearsal technique, and approaches to play production. Compare and contrast their theories and practices, and how they differed from established theatrical conventions. Support your argument with examples from primary sources: text from specific plays and excerpts from the original theories where appropriate.


  • Please note: 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 websites are not to be used under any circumstances.
Assessment Due Date Week 11 Monday (22-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment Criteria:

  • Clear introduction and conclusion (10%)
  • Accuracy of information and depth of treatment of the topic (25%)
  • Appropriate use of primary and secondary sources to support the argument (20%)
  • Ability to present the argument clearly and logically (25%)
  • Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and clear lay-out (10%)
  • Correct use of APA style for the in-text referencing and reference list (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.


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 various theatre styles from the mid nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century.

3. Relate the performance practices of the various theatre styles from the mid nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century 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



3 In-class Test(s)

Assessment Title In class test
Task Description
The in-class test will take place during the end of term examination period. It will consist of short-answer questions based on the lecture topics covered in this unit.

Assessment Due Date Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After the completion of assessent.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The following criteria are equally weighted:

  • Accuracy of factual information
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Depth of treatment of topics
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

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

1. Discuss the development and structure of various theatre styles from the mid nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century.

3. Relate the performance practices of the various theatre styles from the mid nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century 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




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