CQUniversity Unit Profile
THTR11126 Origins of Theatre
Origins of Theatre
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General Information

Overview

In this unit you will study the original storytelling practices of First Nations Peoples through to the development of more formal theatre practices of the ancient Greeks and Romans. You will examine the rites, rituals, legends and myths of the first storytellers in communicating ideas and ideals, education the masses and even manipulating the public discourse. You will apply and adapt these ancient ideas and practices in a presentation designed to communicate a social message to a modern audience.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students who have completed THTR13124 Theatre Studies 3: Mask, Myth and Ritual cannot enrol in this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2022

Mackay
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Report
Weighting: 25%
2. Report
Weighting: 25%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 15%
4. Presentation
Weighting: 35%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Tutor observation

Feedback

On campus and distance students interact and learn together

Recommendation

The interactive teaching space in a tutorial room or lecture theatre with distance teaching facilities provides a connection between on campus and distance students. This keeps the learning and teaching live and interactive for all students.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

Peer assessment tasks enable students to learn about more than one topic

Recommendation

Students pre-record presentations that all students watch and peer assess. Students learn from each other's topic and seeing each other's presentations.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

The Moodle site is well organised with resources that help students' learning journeys

Recommendation

The new unit is clearly organised by weekly topics to help students progress through the unit.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify the devices used in First Nations Peoples' storytelling and in ancient Greek and Roman theatre
  2. Articulate the distinction between the purpose of storytelling for First Nations Peoples and the purpose of theatre in ancient Greek and Roman times
  3. Apply devices used in storytelling by First Nations Peoples or in ancient Greek and Roman theatre for communication of contemporary issues.

N/A

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Report - 25%
2 - Report - 25%
3 - Written Assessment - 15%
4 - Presentation - 35%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Report - 25%
2 - Report - 25%
3 - Written Assessment - 15%
4 - Presentation - 35%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Teams
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Linda Lorenza Unit Coordinator
l.lorenza@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 11 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Stories

Chapter

online resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 18 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

First People's Stories

Chapter

online resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 25 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Greek and Roman theatre

Chapter

online resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

First People's story Due: Week 3 Friday (29 July 2022) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 4 Begin Date: 01 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Greek and Roman theatre

Chapter

online resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 08 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Storytelling devices

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Report on an Ancient Greek or Roman story Due: Week 5 Friday (12 Aug 2022) 11:59 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 15 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 22 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Storytelling devices

Chapter

online resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 29 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Stealing devices - contemporary theatre

Chapter

online resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Proposal for Presentation Due: Week 7 Friday (2 Sept 2022) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 05 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Stealing devices - contemporary theatre

Chapter

online resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 12 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Stealing devices - contemporary theatre

Chapter

online resources

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 19 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

in class presentations

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

In class presentations of Assessment 4


Educational issue presentation Due: Week 10 Monday (19 Sept 2022) 12:59 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 26 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

In class presentations 

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

In class presentations of Assessment 4

Week 12 Begin Date: 03 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

In class presentations 

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

In class presentations of Assessment 4

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 10 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 17 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Report

Assessment Title
First People's story

Task Description

Compose a 1000 word report. Identify a First Peoples Story, its purpose and the devices used in its communication.


Assessment Due Date

Week 3 Friday (29 July 2022) 11:59 pm AEST

written proposal


Return Date to Students

Week 5 Monday (8 Aug 2022)


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

  • Clear introduction and conclusion (10%)
  • Accuracy of information and depth of treatment of the topic (25%)
  • Detailed discussion on the primary source examples provided (25%)
  • Ability to write clearly and logically (15%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
online via Moodle upload

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify the devices used in First Nations Peoples' storytelling and in ancient Greek and Roman theatre
  • Articulate the distinction between the purpose of storytelling for First Nations Peoples and the purpose of theatre in ancient Greek and Roman times


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

2 Report

Assessment Title
Report on an Ancient Greek or Roman story

Task Description


  1. Identify an example of a story told in ancient Greek or Roman theatre
  2. Write the synopsis of the story.
  3. Identify the devices used in its presentation.
  4. Discuss the significance of the story, considering when it was communicated, to whom and for what purpose.
  5. Identify all references using APA 7th style


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (12 Aug 2022) 11:59 pm AEST

1500 to 2000 word report


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Monday (29 Aug 2022)


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

  • Clear introduction and conclusion (10%)
  • Accuracy of information and depth of treatment of the topic (25%)
  • Detailed discussion on the primary source examples provided (25%)
  • Ability to write clearly and logically (15%)
  • Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and clear lay-out (10%)
  • Correct use of APA style for the in-text referencing and reference list (15%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify the devices used in First Nations Peoples' storytelling and in ancient Greek and Roman theatre
  • Articulate the distinction between the purpose of storytelling for First Nations Peoples and the purpose of theatre in ancient Greek and Roman times


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Proposal for Presentation

Task Description

    • Identify the message, who it is for and why it needs to be communicated.
    • Provide a synopsis or plot summary of the message.
    • Identify the communicative devices from First People's storytelling and ancient Greek and Roman theatre you will be using.
    • Explain why you have selected these devices.
    • Identify all references using APA 7th style.


    Assessment Due Date

    Week 7 Friday (2 Sept 2022) 11:59 pm AEST

    1000 word proposal


    Return Date to Students

    Week 9 Monday (12 Sept 2022)


    Weighting
    15%

    Assessment Criteria

    • Clear and connected introduction and conclusion (10%)
    • Clear identification of the issue (25%)
    • Clear justification for why it is significant (25%)
    • Proposed devices for the in-class presentation in Assessment 4 (20%)
    • Inclusion of documentation and in-text referencing (APA format) from the primary source (5%)
    • Correct spelling, grammar, and word usage (10%)
    • Presentation and clear layout (5%)


    Referencing Style

    Submission
    Online

    Submission Instructions
    online via Moodle

    Learning Outcomes Assessed
    • Apply devices used in storytelling by First Nations Peoples or in ancient Greek and Roman theatre for communication of contemporary issues.


    Graduate Attributes
    • Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Information Literacy

    4 Presentation

    Assessment Title
    Educational issue presentation

    Task Description

    Choose a message to communicate today to change the way the public thinks about an issue. The aim of your live or pre-recorded audiovisual presentation is to educate your audience about an issue of significance today. You must:

    • Identify an issue that is significant today
    • Explain the significance of the issue
    • Identify the target audience for your message about this issue
    • Select and use devices that may reflect devices from First Nation Peoples storytelling, ensure you are being mindful and respectful of cultural protocols
    • Select and use devices that reflect devices evident in Greek and Roman theatre
    • Justification: Justify why you have selected particular devices from First Peoples storytelling, Greek and Roman theatre to communicate the issue or message. This may be related to the content of the message or the audience with whom you are communicating.


    Assessment Due Date

    Week 10 Monday (19 Sept 2022) 12:59 pm AEST

    pre-recorded or live presentation in class


    Return Date to Students

    Review/Exam Week Friday (14 Oct 2022)


    Weighting
    35%

    Assessment Criteria

    • Clear introduction and conclusion (10%)
    • Accuracy of information and depth of treatment of the selected issue (20%)
    • Clear selection of devices from the First Peoples storytelling included in the delivery and presentation style to suit the identified audience (10%)
    • Detailed discussion on the primary source examples selected (20%)
    • Ability to communicate clearly and logically through audio-visual media (10%)
    • Correct use of APA style for the references listed in the final credits and the separate hard copy reference list (10%)
    • Peer assessment (20%)


    Referencing Style

    Submission
    Online

    Submission Instructions
    in class presentation with upload of reference list to Moodle

    Learning Outcomes Assessed
    • Apply devices used in storytelling by First Nations Peoples or in ancient Greek and Roman theatre for communication of contemporary issues.


    Graduate Attributes
    • Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Information Literacy
    • Information Technology Competence
    • Ethical practice

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