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Drama and Modern Languages

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Drama and Modern Languages
Withdrawn
University of Essex
University of Essex
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Languages, Cultures and Societies
Dance, Drama and Performance
BA RW94
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
19/03/2014

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eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 TH141-4-FY Introduction to Theatre Compulsory 30
02 TH142-4-FY Introduction to Theatre Making Compulsory 30
03 Language (advanced) or (part 1 intensive) option(s) from list Core with Options 30
04 2nd part Intensive language or second language option(s) from list Compulsory with Options 30
05 LA099-4-FY Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics Compulsory 0

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

This scheme aims to:
Enable students to become proficient in one or more modern languages, developing an appropriate level of fluency and accuracy in using the language(s) as a medium of understanding, expression and communication (both oral and written), with awareness of stylistic and sociolinguistic variation, and (where relevant higher-level courses are taken) developing a corresponding level of proficiency in translation, interpreting, and creative writing.
Develop students' understanding of aspects of the culture and society of one or more countries which use the chosen modern language(s) as a medium of communication, enabling them to draw comparisons with their own culture and observe contrasts, and (through the year abroad) to experience, engage with and integrate into another culture.
Enable students to study a wide range of dramatic texts (ranging from Ancient Greek times to the present day), acquiring an understanding of the principal developments in European Theatre, and of the relationship between the various theatre forms of the past and the theatre of the present.
Enable students to examine in detail the history, function and structure of Comedy and an acquire an overview of Contemporary Writing and Performance Art, becoming familiar with a variety of primary and secondary sources of Drama material, and creating their own group performance Drama projects.
Develop a range of transferable cognitive skills (including skills of analysis, argument and rational thinking), practical skills and key skills, and a acquire foundation for further study, employment and lifelong learning.
The outcomes listed below represent the minimum expected of a graduate on this scheme; it is anticipated that the vast majority of graduates will achieve significantly more.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, usage, and socio-stylistic variation in the chosen modern language(s), and (on relevant higher-level courses) techniques of translation, interpreting, and creative writing
A2 Aspects of the culture and society of one or more countries which use the chosen modern language(s) as a medium of communication, drawing comparisons with their own culture and observing contrasts.
A3 Linguistic concepts and metalanguage used to describe and analyse the chosen modern language(s), and analytic methods and techniques used to analyse texts and other authentic modern language materials from a variety of perspectives
A4 A selection of dramatic texts from Ancient Greek times to the present day
A5 Major theatre genres which might include: Didactic Theatre, Expressionism, Naturalism, Surrealism, and Theatre of the Absurd.
A6 A range of Western theatre theorists which might include Aristotle, Artaud, Brecht, Grotowski and Stanislavski
A7 The various forms of Theatre Comedy including an introduction to key secondary critics e.g. Bakhtin and Freud.
A8 Performance Art
A9 Contemporary Theatre writing
Learning Methods: Modern language proficiency A1 is developed through classwork, homework, use of dedicated software and Web materials, and the year abroad.
Cultural awareness A2 is developed through class and web materials, and the year abroad (during which students experience, engage with and integrate into another culture, either by a period of study at a partner institution offering the opportunity to operate in a different academic, linguistic and cultural environment, or by working as a language assistant and thereby acquiring valuable vocational experience of working abroad).
Skills of linguistic analysis A3 are developed through study of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class.
A1-A3 are reinforced by feedback from staff in class, in office hours, or by email.
In Drama, the principal methods of delivery for A4 to A7 are lectures, seminars, and practice-based theatre seminars.
Understanding is reinforced by a combination of class assignments, group project work and continually assessed course work.
A8 and A9 are developed through a programme of seminars and workshops delivered by academic staff and theatre practitioners.
Assessment Methods: A1-A3 are assessed on Modern Languages courses by a range of methods which typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework, e.g.
Essays, book reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials.
A4-A9 are assessed on Drama courses through closed-book examinations, written course work, group practical projects, and oral presentations.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Abstract and synthesise information from authentic written and spoken language materials
B2 Interact in the chosen languages, expressing one's own ideas (and responding to those put forward by others) coherently and articulately
B3 Analyse authentic modern language materials from a variety of perspectives
B4 Integrate and evaluate information obtained from a variety of sources including books, journal papers, the Internet and theatre performances
B5 Analyse and evaluate a wide range of dramatic texts
B6 Synthesise relevant information in order to develop a rational, coherent argument
Learning Methods: B1-B3 are developed on Modern Languages courses by a range of methods which typically include: group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class; laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and Web materials; and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in office hours and via email.
B4-B6 are developed on Drama courses through seminars, practice based seminars and workshops.
Final year projects allow students to apply these skills.
Assessment Methods: B1-B3 are assessed on Modern Languages courses by a range of methods which typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework, e.g.
Essays, book reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials.
B4-B6 are assessed on Drama courses through written examinations and course work.

C: Practical skills

C1 Organising and presenting (orally and in writing) ideas and materials in the specialist languages
C2 Gathering and processing information from different sources, e.g. doing a bibliographic search in the library, accessing material from online databases and locating and downloading appropriate foreign language materials from the Web
C3 Apply a critical methodology to the analysis of playtexts
C4 Produce a bibliography using standard conventions
C5 Develop an individual style of writing
C6 Be able to present effective practical theatre projects
C7 Plan, manage and conduct a group activity
Learning Methods: C1 and C2 are developed on Modern Languages courses by a range of methods which typically include: group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class; laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and Web materials; and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in office hours and via email.
C3-C7 are developed on Drama courses during workshops.
Students develop their creative practice and production skills through a cycle of practice, feedback and critical reflection.
Assessment Methods: C1 and C2 are assessed on Modern Languages courses by a range of methods which typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework, e.g.
Essays, book reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials.
Skills C3-C7 are assessed on Drama courses, mainly through marked practical theatre course work, but C7 involves Peer group assessment.

D: Key skills

D1 Present ideas, information and arguments (both orally and in writing) effectively and clearly in English and the chosen modern language/s (with the level of modern language fluency depending on the level of the courses taken)
D2 Demonstrate IT skills which will typically include the ability to do word processing, use Powerpoint and e-mail, conduct bibliographic searches, locate and download internet materials, and utilise software packages.
D4 Analyse relevant materials, identifying problems and creatively discussing solutions
D5 Collaborate with others to work creatively and flexibly as part of a team (including, in the case of Drama, contributing to the management of practice-based projects)
D6 Work autonomously showing organisation, self-discipline and time management; reflect on their own work and respond constructively to the comments of others; learn new material; adapt to new ways of learning.
Learning Methods: Methods employed to develop key skills on Modern Languages courses typically include: group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class; laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and Web materials; and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in office hours and via email.
In Drama, generic skills are taught and learned throughout the degree through a range of strategies.
These include: requiring students to give oral presentations; specific assignments requiring bibliographic and web searches; class discussion; class preparation; essay preparation.
Students have the opportunity to discuss essay plans with staff and are given feedback on all their course work which encourages them to reflect on their own work and improve it.
Students also have the opportunity to develop skills by working in groups and through participation classes For every course specific assignments essays and dissertations are assessed for qualities that implicitly incorporate all these skills
Assessment Methods: Methods employed to assess key skills on Modern Languages courses typically include: role-play activities; class presentations which may involve the use of Powerpoint; oral exams; written coursework, e.g.
Essays, book reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials In Drama, key skills are assessed throughout the degree through continuous assessed course work and examinations.
Communication skills are assessed by course work and examinations including theatre presentations and oral presentations.
IT skills are a component in the evaluation of most assessed work which requires bibliographic and web searches.
Problem solving skills are assessed in almost all assignments.
Skills in improving learning and performance are also assessed through the related structured progression of formal assessed work.


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