English and Theatre Studies is a combined program and students can specialise in either areas. It offers studies in imaginative writing and dramatic performance, focusing on their form, content, traditions and practices, and on the myriad ways they engage with the everyday world. The program offers subjects in a wide range of areas, from the Medieval and Early Modern to Romanticism, Modernism, and contemporary literature and performance. This includes British, Australian, American and postcolonial writing and theatre, and literary, cultural and performance theory. English and Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne is recognised nationally and internationally for its innovative teaching, scholarship and research.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this major, students should be able to:
- develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the main historical periods and traditions in English literature and/English and Theatre studies;
- acquire critical and analytical skills and methods in the analysis of literary and/or dramatic texts, genres, histories, cultures and performances;
- understand and be able to articulate the relationship between diverse forms of literature and theatre and the social, historical and cultural contexts that produced them;
- communicate effectively in written and oral formats an understanding of English literature and theatre and its contexts;
- be equipped to act as critically informed participants within a community of literature and theatre scholars;
- appreciate the value of an international approach to the study of literature and theatre, and the relevance of literary and theatre studies skills, practices and understandings to a broad range of professional contexts.
Last updated: 6 September 2023