Theatre History in a Global Context

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
06 June 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W495 World Performance

Module description

This module provides students with a grounding in the development of theatre and performance throughout the world, and approaches to studying and analysing theatre movements and events in their specific social, political and cultural contexts.

It includes a survey of the development of theatre and performance from pre-literate oral cultures to the present day, as well as an introduction to historiography and key theories and methodologies related to the study of performance.

The module also develops research, reading, writing, time-management and organisation skills. It introduces the use of relevant IT and Library resources and provides specific learning on study skills including the form and use of citations (references), footnotes and bibliographies. The module will also provide guidance on avoiding plagiarism and other academic offences.

Students will deepen their knowledge through practical seminars, research projects presented in the first and second terms, and a critical and analytical research project in Term Three.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To develop a knowledge of the history of theatre and performance throughout the world.

  • To introduce anthropological and intercultural approaches to understanding theatre and its relationship to its wider context.

  • To identify patterns of development and divergence across geographical and cultural boundaries, and over time.

  • To develop students analytical abilities.

  • To improve students' practice in managing their time and workloads.

  • To allow students to reflect on and improve their writing and oral presentation skills.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge and understanding of key movements and practices in World Theatre history.

  2. Knowledge of a range of research resources and how best to access them.

  3. Ability to assimilate complex material, to summarize it clearly verbally and in writing, and to comment upon it critically.

  4. Ability to construct and present a clear argument, verbally and in writing, relevant to the module content.

  5. Knowledge and understanding of the roles of communities and theatre professionals in determining and influencing the development of theatre forms.

  6. Ability to conduct detailed and critical research into historical movements in the theatre.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered via:

  • Lectures and seminars with independent research


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   Term 1 Research Paper    20% 
Practical   Oral Presentation    40% 
Practical   Group Performance Project    40% 

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

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
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External examiner

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Further information
East 15 Acting School

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