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Performance Approaches B (THTR60004)

Graduate coursework level 6Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework Level 6
Subject codeTHTR60004
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

A continuation of themes introduced in Performance Approaches A. A critical perspective on contemporary and historic theatre practice including cross-cultural, interdisciplinary and contextual perspectives. The weekly seminars will be based upon student class papers dealing with specific issues, together with guest speakers.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to

  • understand the nature of contemporary theatre practice and situate their own work and concerns within it;
  • relate these understandings to cross-cultural and interdisciplinary artistic practices, as well as to the political, historical and economic contexts in which they develop;
  • demonstrate skills in the preparation and presentation of seminar research papers;
  • evaluate various types of dramatic performance and the contribution of the collaborators in its realisation;
  • demonstrate an understanding of organisational structures including grant submisssions, budgeting and production planning.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • exhibit extensive theoretical and practical knowledge of their discipline including relevant professional knowledge, skills, discipline and ethics as they relate to a practising visual/performing artist;
  • demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation;
  • demonstrate practical skills in respect of critical analysis, problem solving, report writing, team work and oral and written communication;
  • demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional visual/performing artist in the 21st century;
  • work at various levels, both as an individual and as a team member, in a wide variety of visual/performing artistic environments;
  • contribute to a range of visual/performing arts environments as artistic collaborators and leaders;
  • demonstrate an open, independent and inquiring attitude towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas;
  • critically and creatively engage with topics of cultural significance across communities;
  • understand and appreciate how the visual and performing arts connect with the broader society and contribute to its social and economic development;
  • understand their relationship with and responsibiltiy to their cultural environment and society.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

Progressive assessment of class participation (20%); Presentation of assignments equivalent to 2 X 2,000 word essays the first one due mid semester, the second due at the end of semester (80%).

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

10 hours per week total time commitment

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts


    Recommended texts and other resources


  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 20 August 2019