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PERF12015 - Staging Contemporary Issues

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Unit Synopsis

This unit is based on the belief expressed by Brecht and Boal that theatre is a powerful medium for examining contemporary issues, and demonstrating social and interpersonal power structures. Brechtian theatre and its processes of staging are seen as agents of change, through their provocation. This unit studies the theories and practices of Theatre for Change in its diverse historical and cultural contexts. Issues are examined relating to the purposes of theatre in terms of education, propaganda, and political and social empowerment. Through their involvement in the decision-making and reflective processes of production, students are assisted to form a grounded theory of Theatre for Change as a part of the socially, critical arts practice.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2017

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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.

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Assessment Task Weighting

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%).

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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically examined the political, social and cultural functions and purposes of theatre
  2. Developed a grounded theory of change through the collaborative processes of staging contemporary issues for specific audiences
  3. Acquired the artistic, communication and technical skills demanded by interactive audiences.
  4. Acquired skills for devising, rehearsing and producing performance theatre
  5. Engaged with the practices of companies and practitioners such as Version 1.0 (Aus), Bangarra Dance Theatre (Aus), Urban Theatre Project (Aus), Wooster Group (USA), Theatre de Soleil (Fra), Howard Barker (UK), Stephen Sewell (Aus), John McGrath (Scot), William Shakespeare (UK), Spalding Gray (USA), Arthur Miller (USA)

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