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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to European Theatre (CLLC08002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryCourse Organiser:
Dr Alexandra Smith

This course is designed to introduce students to the history and variety of European theatre, to develop reading strategies for dramatic texts and an awareness of the history of performance practice. It involves working in groups.
Course description The course is team-taught, the programme consisting of a range of texts selected from the list below (plus others that become available as staff return from leave), and taught in two-, three- or four-week blocks, as appropriate.

The course will open with 2 sessions on the relationship of text to performance, and on the European dimensions of the course.

Semester 1 (17.09.2018-30.11.2018):

Unit 1: French Classical Theatre
Week 1 (Wednesday and Friday): Introductory sessions on European theatre; introduction to terminology; theoretical approaches to studying drama (Dr Alexandra Smith).
Weeks 2 - 4: French Classical Theatre: Racine, Corneille, Molière (Dr Véronique Desnain)
Racine, Iphigenia; Corneille, The Theatrical Illusion Molière, Scapin the Schemer.

Unit 2: Theatre and Politics
Weeks 4 (Friday) - 5 (including Friday): Capek. R.U.R (Dr Alexandra Smith)
Week 6: Reading week.
Weeks 7-8: Georg Büchner. Danton's Death (Professor Laura Bradley)
Weeks 9-10: B. Brecht. The Measures Taken (Professor Laura Bradley)
Week 11: Revision and essay preparation sessions.

Semester 2 (14.01.2019-5.04.2019):

Unit 3: Thinking with/Through Theatre
Weeks 1-2. Fabrizio Gifuni. Gadda Goes to War (Professor Federica Pedriali)
Weeks 3-4. Jean Genet. The Maids and The Blacks (Dr Claire Boyle)
Week 5. Beckett. Waiting for Godot (Dr Claire Boyle)
Week 6. No teaching/creative learning week.
Weeks 7. Beckett. Endgame (Dr Claire Boyle)
Weeks 8-10. Havel. The Garden Party (Dr Alexandra Smith)
Week 11. Revision and exam preparation sessions (Wednesday only)

The programme will vary from session to session, depending on staff availability, but the aim is to ensure that each of the DELC language areas is represented by at least one teaching block. The course will be delivered using texts in English translation, and the texts used will be readily available in translation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  80
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay (2,000-2,500 words)(50%) and one two-hour examination (50%). Resit exam consists of a take-home exam, which weighs 100% of the final result.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of European theatre since the Classical period, including major periods and representative authors.
  2. Appraise texts within their historical and cultural contexts using appropriate literary vocabulary and terminology, and a range of critical approaches, and methods of interpretation.
  3. Engage with and interpret layers of meaning within individual texts and between groups of texts.
  4. Develop effective communication, presentation and interaction skills across a range of media.
  5. Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to work flexibly with others as part of a team.
Reading List
see above
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Alexandra Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 1381
Course secretaryMrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528
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