Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
Module Provider:
Guildford School of Acting
Number of Credits:
Module Title:
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ECTS Credits

Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkEssay: 2500 Words100

Module Overview

Qualifying Condition(s)

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.


Students will be expected to demonstrate their appreciation and understanding of how American playwrights and theatre practitioners have addressed political/social ideologies from the early 20th century to the present day.

Students will be expected to consider theatrical pieces within their contemporary historical, social and political context.


Students will take this module alongside the following modules:

  • Theories of Performance
  • Contemporary Actor Training
  • Musical Theatre

Module Aims

This module aims to:

  • Introduce and examine the American Dream in relation to American theatre.
  • Explore how American theatre has responded to and been shaped by historical, social and political theories and movements.
  • Examine how playwrights from different decades have commented on the American Dream.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of how American theatre has responded to and been shaped by historical, social and political theories and movements. (K)
  • Communicate an awareness of the techniques theatre practitioners use to respond to a political climate, idea or situation. (C)
  • Analyse a performance text for social and political meanings, subtexts and metaphors and objectively discuss its success as a function of political theatre. (P)
  • Formulate and communicate objective responses. (T)

Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical Skills.

Module Content

Indicative content includes:

  • Home-based study on the module material and required purchase texts.
  • Seminar sessions amounting to two days at GSA to include writing skills, personal tutorials and target setting and an introduction to the study of selected American theatre texts in performance.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Actively engage distance learners with core concepts through a range of learning and teaching strategies.
  • Enable the distance learner to access core concepts studied and apply these to selected American performance texts.
  • Allow the distance learner to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the core concepts through the structured exploration of performance possibilities of selected American texts.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Study based on module content and associated activities via the virtual learning environment (60 hours).
  • Seminar weekend (15 hours).
  • Tutor guided distance learning/independent study based on required purchase texts and online Library resources (75 hours).

Reading List


Last Updated

30 May 2014 by HATHERLEY RC Mrs (FAHS Reg)