THTR12125 - Comedy and Theatre

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will connect current comedy genres to their original forms. Through an analysis of characters and scenarios in contemporary comedies from stage and screen, you will discover the origins of comedy and how they began. You will explore the key traits of comedy found in today's popular culture and link to stock characters and scenarios from ancient Roman comedies and Commedia dell'Arte. You will explore historical and contemporary forms of comedy and how it has been used in various societies around the world and through the ages as both entertainment and a vehicle for social commentary.


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

Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 credit points

Antirequisite: 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

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. Research Assignment 30%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Presentation 40%
4. Peer assessment 10%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 50.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 18.18% 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: Tutor observation
On campus and distance students interact and learn together
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.
Action Taken
Interaction between distance and on-campus students was maintained during tutorials.
Source: Student feedback
Peer assessment tasks enable students to learn about more than one topic
Students pre-record presentations that all students watch and peer assess. Students learn from each other's topic and seeing each other's presentations.
Action Taken
Students enjoyed watching and peer assessing each other's presentations.
Source: Student feedback
The Moodle site is well organised with resources that help students' learning journeys
The new unit is clearly organised by weekly topics to help students progress through the unit.
Action Taken
Student found the Moodle site easy to navigate and well-resourced
Source: Students
Student appreciate and enjoy seeing each other's pre-recorded presentations, and through this process see that their research informs their peers.
Continue to share student presentation assessment via the peer assessment tool in Moodle.
Action Taken
Source: Students
On campus and online students appreciate connecting through the tutorial and sharing their discoveries and interests.
Continue to schedule simultaneous online and on campus tutorials.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify key traits of comedy found in contemporary theatre, film and television
  2. Analyse characters and scenarios in current comedy genres and compare to their original theatre forms
  3. Investigate the use of comedy as a vehicle for social commentary
  4. Apply your knowledge of comedic elements to create a short original comedy in audio or video format.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Research Assignment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation
4 - Peer assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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