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THTR13130 Post-modern Theatre
Post-modern Theatre
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General Information

Overview

In this unit you will study the development and structure of post-modern theatre styles: absurdism, verbatim theatre and documentary drama. You will analyse the theatrical devices apparent in each style while studying the broader political, social and cultural contexts. You will experiment with theatre for social change by combining theatrical devices with new technologies to develop new theatrical styles.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students who have completed THTR13127 Theatre Studies 6: Dada to Post-modern Theatre 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 - 2021

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. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Presentation
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
4. Creative work
Weighting: 30%

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.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse the theatrical devices and techniques used by playwrights associated with the Theatre of the Absurd
  2. Investigate the theatrical devices and techniques used in verbatim theatre and documentary drama
  3. Collaboratively create and perform a piece of verbatim theatre or documentary drama incorporating relevant theatrical devices and techniques.

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 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Presentation - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Creative work - 30%

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Presentation - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Creative work - 30%
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
Judith Brown Unit Coordinator
J.Brown@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Origins of French cabaret

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Origins of German cabaret

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Modern cabaret styles and performances

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Origins of cabaret Due: Week 3 Monday (26 Jul 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Modern cabaret styles and performances

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

In class presentation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Contemporary cabaret analysis Due: Week 5 Tuesday (10 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Theatre of the Absurd

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Theatre of the Absurd

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Verbatim theatre/Documentary drama

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Absurdist theatre Due: Week 8 Monday (6 Sep 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Verbatim theatre/Documentary drama

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

In class presentation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Verbatim theatre/Documentary drama presentation Due: Week 10 Tuesday (21 Sep 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

No class this week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Theatre students exam week

Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

No class this week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term 2 production intensive

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term 2 production intensive

Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term 2 production intensive

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Origins of cabaret

Task Description

Length: 1000 - 1500 words

The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page, reference page and appendices. It includes in-text references and direct quotations.

Task:

Discuss the origins of cabaret in France and Germany in the early years of the 20th century.

Part A: French cabaret origins (500 words):

  • Discuss the location of the early cabarets and types of venue
  • Discuss the clientele and content of these cabarets.
  • Who were the some of important figures in this early French cabaret movement?
  • Include relevant pictures (referenced) to support your discussion.

Part B: German cabaret origins (500 words):

  • How did the political scene of the Weimar Republic influence the cabaret movement in Germany?
  • Discuss the clientele, content and staging of these cabarets.
  • Who were some of the important figures in the Weimar cabaret movement?
  • Include relevant pictures (referenced) to support your discussion.


Assessment Due Date

Week 3 Monday (26 Jul 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 5 Monday (9 Aug 2021)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

  • Clear introduction and conclusion (20%)
  • Accuracy of information and synthesis of the topic (40%)
  • Ability to write clearly and logically (15%)
  • Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and clear lay-out (10%)
  • Correct use of APA 7th edition for the in-text referencing and reference list (15%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse the theatrical devices and techniques used by playwrights associated with the Theatre of the Absurd


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

2 Presentation

Assessment Title
Contemporary cabaret analysis

Task Description

Length: 10 minutes

Task: Compare a current Australian or international cabaret performance with the written and visual accounts of the Weimar cabaret scene and the French cabaret scene during the 1920s.

  • Use of the stage and general staging elements
  • Costuming
  • Type of music accompaniment
  • Use of satire or humour for political commentary or social commentary
  • Cabaret content/structure

You may use Youtube clips (appropriately referenced and included in the reference list) to support your argument.

Presentation description:
  • 10 minutes spoken presentation with 5 minutes for questions from the audience and lecturer.
  • The presentation should include a Powerpoint including a title slide with your name and title of the presentation.
  • The final slide should include your reference list.
  • You may use text, images and video files (no longer than 60 seconds in length)
  • At the end of the presentation, you must submit the powerpoint slides through Moodle.
  • Do not just read your document to the audience, but use your notes only as a guide.
  • All technological issues are your responsibility.



Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Tuesday (10 Aug 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

This presentation will occur in class time.


Return Date to Students

Week 6 Monday (23 Aug 2021)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

    • Clear introduction and conclusion for the presentation (10%)
    • Accuracy of information and depth of treatment of the topic (25%)
    • Appropriate and clear PowerPoint presentation to support the argument (20%)
    • Ability to present the argument clearly and logically during the spoken presentation (25%)
    • Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and clear-lay-out of slides (10%)
    • Correct use of APA 7th edition style for the Reference list final slide (10%)


      Referencing Style

      Submission
      Offline Online

      Learning Outcomes Assessed
      • Analyse the theatrical devices and techniques used by playwrights associated with the Theatre of the Absurd


      Graduate Attributes
      • Communication
      • Problem Solving
      • Critical Thinking
      • Information Literacy
      • Information Technology Competence

      3 Written Assessment

      Assessment Title
      Absurdist theatre

      Task Description

      Length: 1000 - 1500 words

      Task: Compare and contrast the various approaches to absurdist theatre by comparing the one work by either Beckett, Ionesco, Genet or Pinter, with one work by a contemporary absurdist playwright.


      Presentation:

      • This assignment is to be saved as a Word document and submitted online through the course website.
      • Use 12 point Times New Roman font.
      • 1.5 spacing throughout
      • You may use sub-headings in this assignment
      • All excerpts from primary sources, including diagrams and pictures should include an in-text reference, and full details included in the Reference List.
      • Do not rely solely on web-based sources. On-line research sources obtained from peer reviewed journals or academic databases are acceptable. Any internet sources used must be scholarly and accredited. Citations from Wikipedia, Sparksnotes, or similar websites are not to be used under any circumstances.
      • A reference list must be included in this assignment.


      Assessment Due Date

      Week 8 Monday (6 Sep 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


      Return Date to Students

      Week 10 Monday (20 Sep 2021)


      Weighting
      20%

      Assessment Criteria

      • Clear introduction and conclusion (10%)
      • Accuracy of information and depth of treatment of the topic (25%)
      • Appropriate use of primary and secondary sources to support the argument (20%)
      • Ability to present the argument clearly and logically (25%)
      • Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and clear lay-out (10%)
      • Correct use of APA style for the in-text referencing and reference list (10%)


      Referencing Style

      Submission
      Online

      Learning Outcomes Assessed
      • Investigate the theatrical devices and techniques used in verbatim theatre and documentary drama


      Graduate Attributes
      • Communication
      • Critical Thinking
      • Information Literacy

      4 Creative work

      Assessment Title
      Verbatim theatre/Documentary drama presentation

      Task Description

      Length: 10 minutes

      Task Description:

      Present a case study on a verbatim theatre/documentary drama playwright. This presentation will be given to this class as a whole, so please select your case study early and check with the lecturer first so that there are no double-ups.

      In your presentation, answer the following questions:

      • Describe their unique creative processes and influences.
      • Give an account of the social and cultural factors that influenced them.
      • What made their work truly innovative?
      • How did their work affect society and subsequent artistic practices?
      Presentation description:
      • 10 minutes spoken presentation with 5 minutes for questions from the audience and lecturer.
      • The presentation should include a Powerpoint including a title slide with your name and title of the case study.
      • The final slide should include your reference list.
      • You may use text, images and video files (no longer than 60 seconds in length)
      • At the end of the presentation, you must submit the powerpoint slides through Moodle.
      • Do not just read your document to the audience, but use your notes only as a guide.
      • All technological issues are your responsibility.


      Assessment Due Date

      Week 10 Tuesday (21 Sep 2021) 11:45 pm AEST

      This presentation will occur in class time.


      Return Date to Students

      Week 12 Monday (4 Oct 2021)


      Weighting
      30%

      Assessment Criteria

      • Clear introduction and conclusion for the presentation (10%)
      • Accuracy of information and depth of treatment of the topic (25%)
      • Appropriate and clear PowerPoint presentation to support the argument (20%)
      • Ability to present the argument clearly and logically during the spoken presentation (25%)
      • Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and clear-lay-out of slides (10%)
      • Correct use of APA 7th edition style for the Reference list final slide (10%)


      Referencing Style

      Submission
      Offline Online

      Learning Outcomes Assessed
      • Collaboratively create and perform a piece of verbatim theatre or documentary drama incorporating relevant theatrical devices and techniques.


      Graduate Attributes
      • Communication
      • Critical Thinking
      • Information Literacy
      • Team Work
      • Information Technology Competence
      • Ethical practice
      • Social Innovation

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