CART11008 - Commedia and Elizabethan Theatre

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will explore classical methods of acting including the commedia dell'arte (a form of theatre characterised by masked 'types') and the Elizabethan theatre (a style of theatre in England from the mid 1500's until the mid 1600's). Commedia dell'arte is studied in a practical and applied fashion giving you the opportunity to adopt the various personas associated with commedia. You will also explore the work and theatrical world of the Elizabethan theatre such as the works of William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe and Ben Johnson. You will explore the plays both as scripts and as literary works and investigate Elizabethan theatre conventions as the precursors to our own. You will also undertake a course in the technical aspects of theatre such as lighting and sound and participate in an open theatrical performance.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Cairns
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Cairns
Townsville

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 25%
2. Practical Assessment 25%
3. Presentation 10%
4. Performance 40%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 20% response rate.

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.

Source: Surveys
Feedback
Students were very happy with the course and the structure of the unit.
Recommendation
Maintain the current course structure and teaching staff.
Action Taken
Course structure from 2017 was maintained and delivered in 2018 and reviewed for further improvement in 2019.
Source: Training team.
Feedback
Combination of Commedia and Shakespeare in one term of training seemed too much content to be covered in 12 week term.
Recommendation
Move Commedia into Acting 1: Term One, aligned with mask, movement and improvisation, so Term 2 can explore Shakespeare further.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Moodle Feedback
Feedback
More time for character development and script study for Shakespeare.
Recommendation
Move Commedia into Acting 1: Term One, aligned with mask, movement and improvisation, so Term 2 can explore Shakespeare further.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Contextualise and perform using classical acting techniques
  2. Use technical aspects of theatre including stage lighting, sound, and stage management to design a scene
  3. Perform in a university production.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Presentation
4 - Performance
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Presentation
4 - Performance