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DTS4000 - Dramatic Theory, Criticism and Research Methods

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Rob Baum


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This class grounds and equips students for future performance study, practice and critique by locating principal touchstones in the history of world theatre. Study of seminal
historical and theoretical innovations from Plato and Aristotle to feminist, postcolonial
and queer theorists engages students in investigation of theatre chronology, while situating events in the context of geography, genre and text. The class additionally encompasses
key aspects of research methodology and methods germane to performance and arts study.


  1. Understanding and integration of major concepts within dramatic theory, history and literature
  2. Appreciation of the qualitative and critical significance of key thinkers within the discipline of theatre and performance studies
  3. Critical tools to interpret and engage with complex ideas about theatre criticism, theory and performance-making
  4. Awareness of diverse research methods and methodology appropriate to arts research, and experience in their practical application
  5. Development of research and writing skills


Methods research (1500 words): 20%; Investigation and presentation on an issue (2500 words): 30%; Subjective exercise (1000 words): 15%; Long research paper (4000 words): 35%

Contact hours

2.5 hours per week