Contextual Studies

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
31 March 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W496 Acting and Community Engagement

Module description

In this BA Hons Acting and Community Theatre Year 3 module students will concentrate on the application of theatre in specific social and cultural contexts: health care, work with socially-excluded groups, education, regeneration and evaluation.

Students will be encouraged to reflect on their experiences during their training and to prepare themselves for future professional and cultural challenges. A written rationale for a community theatre project will be developed, relating the project to its social and legal context, developing the language to clarify aims, objectives and outcomes

Module aims

1. to reflect on training processes and professional preparation
2. to articulate the differences between theatre as propaganda, education and empowerment
3. to investigate contemporary community theatre projects with socially excluded groups
4. to evaluative the effectiveness of community theatre

Module learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate ability to:

1. Use research to develop understanding of theatre in a range of social and political contexts
2. Present complex ideas and arguments clearly and coherently
3. Use documentary evidence and texts to support arguments
4. Understand the processes of evaluating the effectiveness of community theatre
5. Employ effective use of a range of presentational techniques
6. Design and execute an evaluation of the workshops/performance
7. Apply creative and lateral thinking.

Module information

Module Content

Term One
- Historical context and development of theatre in prisons and in health promotion
- Drama as therapy
- Inclusion, exclusion and access to theatre
- Contemporary case studies of community theatre projects with socially excluded groups, and theatre for well-being.
- Responding to Cultural and Social Policy
- The role of theatre in mobilising and clarifying opinion, action and reflection
- Theatre for Development

Term Two
- The philosophy and value of community media: radio, television and web media
- Creative industries and economic regeneration
- The role of culture in community regeneration
- Evaluating the impact of community theatre projects
- Research on evaluative approaches and practices

Term Three
- Development and execution of a project evaluation

Learning and teaching methods

Seminars and independent study.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Project Brief    40% 
Coursework   Project Evaluation    60% 

Additional coursework information

The elements below will make up the final module mark with the following weightings applied:- - Project brief with extended rationale for a project related to social exclusion, theatre for well-being or community regeneration (40%) - Research, development and execution of project evaluation (60%) - Compliance with Professional Code of Conduct

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



External examiner

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Further information
East 15 Acting School

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