|Semester 1, 2022 Online|
|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 :||30 June 2022|
Examiner: David Burton
Graduates should have an understanding of the historical and current influences on the industry in which they seek to pursue their careers. This course is designed to survey the multi-faceted nature and the development of Australian drama and theatre since the beginning of white settlement. By tracing the notion of identity through major movements (both mainstream and marginalised) within the Australian theatre industry, students will be equipped to engage critically with the issues facing the industry today.
The course commences with an historical overview of Australian theatre and concludes at the beginning of the 21st century with an exploration of contemporary theatre. Throughout the course, students will study some of the social, political, economic and artistic elements and key artists and companies that have shaped Australian theatre. The course attempts to represent a diversity of "voices" in Australian theatre, and will draw upon plays, articles and other secondary materials to explore various relevant socio-political and economic issues as they relate to identification.
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- discuss the way national identity has shaped Australian playwriting and theatre-making since white settlement [TLO1];
- research and evaluate play scripts and/or other theatre-making practices in terms of their relationship to the prevailing cultural, social, and economic contexts of their creation [TLO2];
- present a cogent argument regarding contemporary industrial debates, based on an understanding and interpretation of the historical and contemporary influences shaping the situation [TLO4];
- recognise and reflect on the way that social, cultural, political, industrial and economic factors produce both hegemonic and marginal perspectives, with a particular focus on theatre’s role in these processes [TLO6].
|1.||Analysis of selected plays and playwrights||50.00|
|2.||Understanding the contemporary Australian theatre industry||50.00|
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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.
|TAKE HOME EXAMINATION||40|