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This subject aims to develop an understanding of the major critical issues in the field of performance, and a range of methodologies appropriate to the production, documentation and analysis of performance texts, contexts and processes.
It introduces and examines the relationship between research and practice within the context of practice led research.
It addresses questions of what research methodologies are and, through weekly seminars and exercises, explores a range of these methods and research paradigms, key issues and practical skills relevant to the creative arts. It assists students in identifying and developing research methodologies appropriate to their practice.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- develop an understanding of the major critical issues in the field of performance;
- develop analytical skills through critical reflection on performance practices and their contexts;
- develop imaginative, creative, communication and presentation skills in the delivery of coursework presentations and individual or collaborative projects;
- introduce and provide students with key research concepts and skills relevant to their chosen project;
- introduce students to an overview of contemporary debates and methodological traditions in the field of arts-based research;
- enable students to develop a research methodology appropriate to their discipline and project.
- train students in preparation for research activities involved in higher research degrees;
- facilitate discussion of research ethics, including codes of conduct and ethical frameworks governing research.
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- the ability to engage in independent and contextually-informed artistic research
- well developed and flexible problem-solving abilities
- the capacity to effectively communicate the results of research and scholarship by oral and written means
- an ability to formulate viable research questions
- a capacity for critical evaluation of relevant scholarly literature and artistic practice
- an ability to manage time and to maximise the quality of research and scholarship
- an understanding of, and facility with, scholarly conventions in the discipline area
- an understanding of the relationship with and responsibility to the cultural environment and society
- respect for intellectual integrity, intellectual property and for the ethics of research and scholarship
Last updated: 31 January 2024