Independent Theatre Studies Project

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
05 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for


Module description

This module is designed to allow Drama students to carry out an independent, written study on an agreed topic within Theatre Studies. Students will produce a 10,000 word dissertation on an area of particular interest to them. This may be the work of a specific playwright, or group of playwrights; a movement, mode or style of theatre; the work of a particular practitioner, theatre or theatre company; a theme within dramatic literature; or a period of theatre history.
Students will have regular meetings with a supervisor, to ensure that they make appropriate progress and to guide and steer the direction of their study.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

• To enable students to follow a tailor-made programme of study, exploring a topic of particular interest to them
• To empower students to design, execute and deliver an independent research project
• To encourage the development of transferable research skills
• To prepare students for post-graduate study, should they wish
• To develop self-motivation, self-discipline and independence in their studies
• To demonstrate all of the above to potential future employers

Module learning outcomes

On completing this module, students will be able to:

1. Plan and execute a research project
2. Structure and organise a 10,000 word dissertation
3. Articulate their ideas and produce a convincing, reasoned argument
4. Analyse research material
5. Create a bibliography; demonstrate research skills and knowledge
6. Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in a field of Theatre studies scholarship
7. Independently research a wide variety of materials
8. Self-motivate and organise their own time

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

For 2020-21, we will offer a mixture of tailored online, digital, and campus-based teaching where it may be possible and as appropriate, along with personalised one-to-one consultation with academic staff.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Field of interest 100-word document    0% 
Coursework   Proposal     0% 
Coursework   Outline and bibliography (formative)    0% 
Coursework   Project (7,500 words)    80% 
Practical   Slides for Presentation (presentations to take place on week 18)    20% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Elizabeth Bennett, email:
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr Karen Savage
University of Lincoln
Head of School
Available via Moodle
Of 12 hours, 7 (58.3%) hours available to students:
5 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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