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THT1001 Making Theatre History 1: Classic Plays in Context

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 : 21 March 2023


Enrolment is not permitted in THT1001 if THE1001 has been previously completed.


The study of the performance event, dramatic texts, and theatre theories, provides insights into human experience and modes of critical thinking that will be useful throughout a student’s program of study and beyond. To do this effectively a student of theatre requires foundational skills in reading, researching and analysing plays, and the ability to formulate and present academic arguments about drama in its historical contexts. A broad knowledge of pre-modern playtexts from the Western classical tradition (from ancient Greece to early modern Europe), is central to the knowledges required for theatre, arts, communication, humanities and education students.

This course offers the student an historical and theoretical journey through theatrical and dramatic literature. Through a contextual study of some of the most read and performed plays from the classical tradition, covering ancient Greek, Shakespearean, and neo-classical drama, this course provides students with foundational techniques in textual analysis, academic debate, research, essay writing and scholarship in drama. It will include a focus on the ways in which these stories continue to be staged, adapted, and re-written in early twenty-first century contexts.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 21 March 2023