PA5011 - Researching Drama: Methods, Skill and Applications

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will introduce you to methods for researching your own and others’ dramatic practice. You will learn ways of analysing, documenting and disseminating both practice and research. The module, in combination with Contemporary Performance in the second semester, serves as the preparation for your final Independent Study project at level 6. You will be introduced to key concepts on practice and research and the possible relationships between the two, giving you an understanding of how to approach research both in a written and a performative way. The module will also introduce you to basic skills for disseminating your practice/research, including techniques and methods of documentation (written, filmed, recorded, web-based) and ideas on how and where to show and publish your outputs for greatest impact and reach. You will present on your research in both essay format and as a demonstration of practical work, giving you a thorough grounding in current applications of dramatic practice and research.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops supported by guest presentations on written and practice-based research methodologies. Lectures will introduce you to key concepts, theories, and examples of modern performance practice and research. Seminars will encourage you to look deeply into these concepts, while workshop classes will introduce you to the physical techniques of practice focused research. Midway through the module, a1500 word essay assignment drawing upon the lecture and seminar content will help you consolidate your learning. After this the emphasis will be on exploring practical performance research through further workshops, seminars and talks. Workshops on documentation with still and moving images, sound recordings and web pages via pebble+ will support you toward a final assessed practice/research project. Discussion of your ideas in seminar sessions will offer formative feedback as your assignment projects progress, and written feedback will be given for summative assignments. Your learning will be additionally supported by group and individual tutorial sessions as required.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Formative assessment will be ongoing in lectures and seminars and there will be lots of opportunity to get tutor feedback on your work and the progress you are making throughout the module. There will also be a formal tutorial opportunity mid-way through the module where you can discuss your research and practical work with the tutor and you are welcome to make use of Office Hours, email and telephone communication at other times to seek out further support and guidance. Information and resources will be available to you on Blackboard and the ‘Reading List’ contains links to websites and online video material which can help you develop appropriate knowledge and understanding. Information and resources will be available to you on Blackboard and the ‘Reading List’ contains links to websites and online video material which can help you develop appropriate knowledge and understanding.

Written assessment feedback will be provided within 20 working days of summative assignment submission. Access to library facilities is available 24-7 all year round.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Evidence an understanding of methods of critical analysis as applied to drama, theatre or performance.
2. Produce a body of work that demonstrates your understanding of research practises and applications as well as your ability to engage with multiple modes of dissemination that support of your research findings


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Be able to develop and implement a basic research plan
4. Develop independent thinking skills and
the ability to synthesise material in order to engage in and with a body of research

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will develop and reinforce the ethical characteristics of a Northumbria graduate as you consider the values that underpin work undertaken in drama, theatre or performance and reflect on how they inform your independent study project

How will I be assessed?

Formative

Abstract (300 words): you will write an abstract for your research topic as assigned by your tutor which will outline your thesis and methods. Feedback will be given through tutorials. (1, 3, 5)


Summative
Research paper (1500 words) (40%)You will write an academic essay which interrogates a research topic chosen by your tutors. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)


Practice (5 minutes) & write up (500 words) (60%) You will present a selection of practice that demonstrates a component of research and a write up demonstrating your understanding of how practice can be, inform, or lead research. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Summative Feedback
Feedback or these tasks will be written on standard feedback sheets and will be received within 20 working days of submission deadline.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module will introduce you to methods for researching your own and others’ dramatic practice. You will learn ways of analysing, documenting and disseminating both practice and research. The module, in combination with Contemporary Performance in the second semester, serves as the preparation for your final Independent Study project at level 6. You will be introduced to key concepts on practice and research and the possible relationships between the two, giving you an understanding of how to approach research both in a written and a performative way. The module will also introduce you to basic skills for disseminating your practice/research, including techniques and methods of documentation (written, filmed, recorded) and ideas on how and where to show and publish your outputs for greatest impact and reach. You will present on your research in both essay format and as a demonstration of practical work, giving you a thorough grounding in current applications of dramatic practice and research.

Course info

UCAS Code W400

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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