Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2019 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of the Arts, English and Media

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2000.01

Subject Information
Subject Code CAPF333
Subject Name Theatre, Politics and Spectatorship
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites 36cp at 200 level
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment 1.Exam: Mid-session exam 30% 2.Project: Minor project & presentation - Political theatre production/ site specific work 20% 3.Essay: Major essay 50%
General Subject Yes.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.

Subject Availability
Session Spring  (29-07-2019 to 21-11-2019)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 2 hrs lecture and 1 hr tutorial per week
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Margaret Hamilton
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Margaret Hamilton
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-08-2019

Subject Description
What is the relationship between contemporary performance and twentieth century political theatre? How does politics relate to scenic form? Can the form of a performance and acts of spectatorship be considered political? What is the role of the audience in performance? This subject introduces these questions through a focus on Bertolt Brecht’s theatre project. It considers key artistic upheavals from Samuel Beckett’s ‘landscapes of catastrophe’ to British ‘In-Yer-Face’ theatre and public interventions by Christoph Schlingensief, as well as explores a range of artists and practices, including the theatre installations and performance work of Kris Verdonck.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate understanding of the theoretical ideas and dramaturgical strategies key to Brechtian theatre
2. identify and discuss the relationship between contemporary examples of political theatre and historical, cultural and political developments internationally
3. demonstrate critical reading skills by formulating an argument that is substantiated by evidence from primary texts and an appropriate range of scholarship
4. effectively communicate ideas in oral and written form

Textbook Information
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