Contextual and Community Studies

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
28 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement

Module description

Actors spend their entire careers speaking words of others and trying to imagine how other people think. Contextual Studies is intended to help students to observe, to make rational sense of their observations and to put their own ideas into their own words as part of seminar discussion and in writing. Community studies introduces students to the principles of community and theatre and the theoretical underpinnings of theatre work in the community.

Module aims

To encourage students to:
1. Develop an understanding of theatre history and of how theatre reflects its times
2. Understand texts of community theatre and theatre in the society
3. Express themselves objectively in oral and written form
4. See, read and discuss plays
5. Formulate objective criticism of theatre and cultural policy.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:
1. prepare a creative scene presentation to an original story or assignment brief
2. work as part of an ensemble/ team-work
3. present a structured argument and express ideas in class and in writing
4. demonstrate critical evaluation orally and in written form
5. use appropriate research effectively to prepare written and practical assignments.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lecture/seminars
  • Independent study for research, class preparation and for producing/preparing assignments
  • Presentations and attending performances for review
  • Feedback from peers and tutors on a series of short formative essays which will include comment on argument, assertion, opinion, research and bibliography.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Essay    25% 
Coursework   Red Book: Part 1 TEST    25% 
Practical   Scene Presentation    25% 
Written Exam  Context Essay    25% 

Additional coursework information

Assessment - The final module mark will be the average of the three term marks. End of Term 1: Presentation to a specific theatre history/story brief. Assessment will be based on preparation, creativity within presentation, relevance to the original text and team work. Term 2: Essay (1000 words) Play text presentations Term 3: Personal Development Journal Play text presentations

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Ainslie Masterton, email: amast@essex.ac.uk.
Ainslie Masterton, Zois Pigadas, Rosie Klich
East 15 Acting School Gateway Building Elmer Approach Southend-on-Sea SS1 1LW



External examiner

Dr Katie Beswick
University of Exeter
Senior Lecturer in Drama
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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