Contextual Studies II

The details
East 15 Acting School
East15 (Loughton) Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
31 March 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W411 Acting,
BA W83A Acting (International)

Module description

This is a compulsory second year course for students on the BA Hons Acting programme. The module examines how changes in society are reflected in theatre.

Module aims

To encourage students to:

1. develop the ability to present, discuss and defend ideas in seminar and/or written contexts
2. consider how theatres reflect their own era
3. gain an understanding of the relevance of commedia and other theatres to contemporary practice

Module learning outcomes

1. Clear grasp of subject matter set
2. Evidence of research to support arguments/ideas
3. Use of appropriate language in written work and presentations
4. Ability to structure ideas coherently
5. Personal progression (extending range, willing to take risks)
6. Ability to understand theories and apply to practice-based projects

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

- Normally 2 hours of Contextual Studies lectures, seminars or tutorials per week except during acting priority weeks - 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   Written Assignment    30% 
Coursework   Personal Record    40% 
Practical   Presentation    30% 

Additional coursework information

- Presentation (20 – 30 mins) – weighted 30%. Students work in small groups to prepare the presentation on a topic or brief selected from a list provided by and at times set 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 (1,500 words) – weighted 30%. On a topic selected from a list provided by the tutor at the end of Term Two. Assignments are submitted at the beginning of Term Three. - Personal Record of Analysis and Reflection – weighted 40%. End of Term 3. Students are given copies of the Personal Record format which they will use to prepare and submit their work for assessment. - Compliance with the 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

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 staff
East 15 Acting School



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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