Contextual Studies III

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
28 March 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W411 Acting,
BA W411MV Acting,
BA W83A Acting (International)

Module description

This is final year module concentrates on contemporary theatre. Students are encouraged to reflect on their course experiences and training and to prepare themselves for further professional and cultural challenges after graduation. You will use the research and writing skills you have learned in years one and two to consider new ideas in greater depth and to develop the ability to express arguments through a process supported by relevant research and source materials. This process will culminate in the third term when you will present your Personal Development Journal.

Module aims

To encourage students to:

  • Reflect on the training process and preparation for the professional theatre

  • Research an area of personal interest in depth

  • Participate in fully group discussion

Module learning outcomes

  1. Analytical approach to subject matter set

  2. Substantial evidence of research to support arguments/ideas

  3. Effective use of language in written work and presentations

  4. Ability to express well-structured ideas and arguements 

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Lectures, seminars or tutorials.
  • Students are expected to use independent study for research, class preparation and for producing/preparing assignments.
  • Learning will be supported by appropriate screenings.
  • Formative feedback and tutor comments on essay and presentation evaluation reports.


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   Presentation    30% 
Coursework   Written assignment     30% 
Coursework   Red Book    40% 

Additional coursework information

- Presentation (35 – 45 mins) - weighted 30%. Term One. Students work in small groups to prepare the presentation on a topic or brief selected from a list provided by the tutor. Each member of the group is responsible for an individual aspect of the presentation research and preparation. Students are individually assessed on their contribution to the group presentation. - Written assignment (2,000 words) – weighted 30%. On a topic selected from a list provided by the tutor at the end of Term One. Assignments are submitted in Term Two. - Personal Record of Analysis and Reflection – weighted 40%. End of Term 3. Students are given copies of the Personal Record which they will use to prepare and submit their work for assessment.

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
Mr Zois Pigadas, email: zpigadas@essex.ac.uk.
Zois Pigadas and Eirini Kartsaki



External examiner

Ms Lucy Skilbeck
Mr Michael Andrew Hayden
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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