Theatre and Performance Studies

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Theatre and Performance Studies

Honours

Honours in Theatre and Performance Studies requires 48 credit points including
(i) 18 credit points of 4000-level Honours seminar units
(ii) 30 credit points of 4000-level Honours thesis and casebook units

Honours thesis and casebook units of study

PRFM4111 Theatre and Performance St. Honours Thesis

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 x 0.5hr supervision meetings/semester on average Assessment: 1x 15000wd thesis (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
In this unit you will research, write and submit your substantial, independent research project in Theatre and Performance Studies. Regular meetings with a supervisor approved by the Theatre and Performance Studies Honours Coordinator will guide your progress. You will submit drafts at agreed times, and develop your expertise in relevant research methods and analytical skills as well as in the subject matter of your specialist topic.
PRFM4112 Theatre and Performance Studies Casebook

Credit points: 24 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 x0.5hr supervision meetings/semester on average Assessment: 1x 15000wd Casebook (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit, you will produce a substantial casebook based on your fieldwork placement in PRFM4115 Inside Rehearsal. Grounded in principles of 'thick description' and rehearsal ethnography, the casebook will provide you with the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of writing that reflects and reports on the work of professional performance makers.

Honours seminar units of study

PRFM4113 Research Methodologies 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 3500wd equivalent human ethics application pertine (70%), 1x 1500wd annotated bibliography re (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this seminar you will be introduced to the principles of Human Ethics in research and write and submit an ethics application in preparation for your semester 2 research. You will also be given additional training in using research databases, bibliographic software, referencing, and quantitative and qualitative data collection. You will also revise key theoretical principles used in theatre and performance analysis.
PRFM4116 Critical Theory and Performance

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x500wd performance description (15%), 1x500wd essay plan (15%), 1x draft essay part 1 (5%), 1x draft essay part 2 (5%), 1x4500wd essay (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The discipline of Performance Studies has drawn upon a wide range of theoretical positions and resources, from semiotics to New Historicism, cultural studies, feminism, psychoanalysis, discourse theory, deconstruction, phenomenology and hermeneutics. This unit functions as an advanced reading seminar in which you will consider some key theoretical texts and examine how they have been applied to the analysis of performance.
PRFM4117 Embodiment

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 250wd Performance description (15%), 1x 250wd Essay structure (10%), 1x 4500wd Essay (75%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Ways of thinking about how you perceive and make sense of objects, time, place, space, yourselves and others, are pertinent to the study of all aspects of performance. Western thought has not always trusted either the body or experience as valid sources of knowledge about the world. In this unit of study you will explore how theories of embodiment affect research in/of performance and, as a result, question the continued prevalence of mind/body, theory/practice dichotomies.
PRFM4118 Contemporary Performance

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x workshop/reading report (1500 words), 1x Essay (3500 words) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit you will examine the history, development and theoretical influences on contemporary performance genres, with a specific focus on what is happening at venues in Sydney today. Taking advantage of the department's artists-in-residence program, you will develop analyses and a practical understanding of how new work is developed.