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THT1002 Making Theatre History 2

Semester 2, 2023 Online
Units : 1
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 30 September 2023


Course Coordinator: David Fenton


Enrolment is not permitted in THT1002 if THE1002 has been previously completed.


The study of the performance event, and of dramatic texts and theatre theories, provides insights into human experience. Knowing more about human beings through the dramatic literature of the twentieth century relies on the notion of “posts” (things that occur after significant events). Significant historical aspects of the twentieth century will be considered so that students may gain a foundational knowledge of the dynamics relationship between history, theory and drama. The material studied here is central to the broad knowledges required for theatre, arts, communication, humanities and education students.

This course provides students with an introductory overview of some of the major plays, theories and historical features of the twentieth century. Texts will be drawn mostly from European, American and Australian performance traditions, as well as discussions around colonial processes (including, Indigenous, female and queer absence) to capture a wide variety of playwriting styles and comparisons between works. Continuing on from THE1001, this course further develops students' written skills and knowledge about the construction of dramatic literature and its historical context. Using essays, quizzes, and debates, students will read a wide variety of materials to promote a wide consideration of how the theatre is dynamic.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. explain how aspects of twentieth century drama were shaped by socio-cultural changes and how this might influence other how theatre is made
  2. identify specific dramatic texts and theoretical contexts from Western traditions of theatre in the twentieth century
  3. Compare and contrast theatrical styles in order to understand the dynamic applications of theatre performance embedded in dramatic literature
  4. interpret and communicate ideas in writing using the essay genre and format


Description Weighting(%)
1. Laying the Foundations 10.00
2. Post-WW1 14.00
3. Post-WW2 14.00
4. Post-Colonial 14.00
5. Post-Patriarchy 14.00
6. Post- Pandemic 12.00
7. Post-911 12.00
8. Post- Feminism 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Enoch, W. and Mailman, D 1995, The 7 Stages of Grieving.
Treadwell, S 1928, Machinal.
White, P 1947, The Ham Funeral.
Plays required for this course appear in the Selected Readings..

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.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz 1 No 5 2
Assignments Written Quiz 2 No 5 2
Assignments Oral Presentation (ind, grp, mltmd) Yes 20 1,2
Assignments Written Quiz 3 No 5 2
Assignments Written Essay 1 No 20 2,3,4
Assignments Written Quiz 4 No 5 2
Assignments Written Essay 2 No 40 3,4
Date printed 30 September 2023