PA7000 - Researching Theatre and Performance

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will be introduced to a range of research methods and strategies relevant to the contemporary fields of theatre and performance. You will also learn how to work as an ethical researcher, and will be expected to follow the University Ethics Code for research.

The research methods investigated on this module are particularly oriented towards Practice Research. You will be encouraged to align your developing projects with contemporary debates and approaches within this field and to view your own evolving performance practice as a developing ‘body of research’ from which you can extract, test, and process your own research questions. You will be supported by tutors to identify and refine specific research questions that underpin your developing practice, and to activate and explore these questions in and through your own (practice) research output in a symposium event.

Work on this module is designed to enhance the scholarly research based enquiry that will inform your work on Theatre and Performance Project. The module will encourage you to develop academic skills focussing particularly on: developing skills in reflective and evaluative writing; and supporting you to build an extensive bibliography and resources list that will lead you into your final project.

You will be introduced to a number of approaches and methods, drawing on existing practices and expertise within the core academic teaching team. Explicitly, staff research will inform a significant part of your learning on this module as you will engage directly in discussions rooted in staff research projects.

You can expect to encounter methods, theories and approaches such as:
Practice as Research; Ethnography; Action Research; Phenomenology; Applied Research; Qualitative methods.
Likewise, you can expect to encounter research topics, and questions in the areas of:
Performer Training and Research Practices; Documentation and Performance Practice; Research within Applied Theatre contexts; Researching the Body in Performance; Exploring Identity through Performance.

Through interrogating examples of staff research, you will be encouraged to identify, deploy and explore methods and approaches appropriate to your own practice/projects.

How will I learn on this module?

You will meet regularly with academic staff and peers in a series of seminar and workshop settings. These sessions will alternate between:
- Workshops wherein emphasis is placed on the testing and trying out of performance practices within the context of specific research methodologies. Here you are encouraged to identify and practically explore the research questions that underpin your own developing practice (as being developed in Theatre and Performance Practice).
- Seminars in which key approaches, texts, theories and methodologies pertaining to staff expertise and research projects will be shared, discussed, and debated
- Tutorials in which you will be supported to extend and build on the experiences and discoveries in the workshops and seminars towards undertaking an independent exploration of research methodologies and research questions in relation to your own individual practice.

Peer support is a key feature of this module as you will work collaboratively towards hosting a collective symposium event in which you will support each other in the delivery and dissemination of individual research outputs.
You will submit examples of writing at regular intervals on the module and will receive individual formative feedback through tutorials prior to summative submission. You will show-back and explore practice research ideas and outputs in the workshops in the lead up to the symposium event.
Teaching methods are designed to ensure that on successful completion of the module you will have had the opportunity to: experience, test, and reflect on a range of potential approaches to framing and conducting research-led performance practice; you will have had the opportunity to develop core skills as a researcher, key skills in evaluative writing and developed an extensive bibliography for your practice.
These skills will support you in the delivery of the final module Theatre and Performance Project.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your learning is supported in a number of ways throughout the module. The sessions themselves are structured in a way which is responsive to your needs. Questions that arise from workshops and seminars can be further explored and discussed in individual tutorials.
You will be supported through the process of constructing an assessed portfolio of writing by submitting written evaluative responses to the staff led seminars at regular intervals for formative assessment. You will receive individual verbal formative feedback in a tutorial setting prior to collating the portfolio of writing for summative submission.
Tutors teaching into the module will directly support you to define and develop research questions, interests and ultimately the creation of an output for the symposium. Tutorials will be arranged with you outside of scheduled workshops and seminars, and you will also be encouraged to make regular use of staff office-hours.
The main form of support we offer you is guided discussion and ongoing dialogue about your work.

Relevant course materials will also be made available to you via the ELP.

All work carried out on this module is subject to Ethical Approval. With the support of your tutor, you will complete an Ethics Approval Form that is submitted for scrutiny by the Faculty Ethics Committee prior to you starting research on your project. You must gain ethical approval before you can begin working on your project.

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) Demonstrate the ability to critically engage with and evaluate a range of methodologies and approaches pertaining to practice research.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2) To reflect critically on your own practice and demonstrate your developing voice as a research practitioner

3) Demonstrate an understanding of the demands of developing research led practice

4) To demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the contexts and modes of delivery in which research outputs are disseminated in the field

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5) Demonstrate a readiness to engage in the ethics and politics of research led practices

How will I be assessed?

Summative
Summative assessment involves submission of:
(i) a Portfolio of Writing (50%) consisting of 3,500 words of reflective and evaluative writing that responds to the specific research methods and approaches addressed in the staff-led seminar series (MLO 1, 3, 5,)
and
(ii) a Symposium Output (50%) in which a specific research question in the context of your own developing practice and methodology is explored through presentation or demonstration (MLO 1,2,3,4,5)

Formative
Formative assessment is an integral feature of this module. The emphasis in the module is very much on you trying out, testing and applying potential research methodologies to your own practices, and to articulate this relation. You will receive verbal formative feedback from your tutor in the form of a dialogue in workshop sessions. Other students will also be encouraged to participate and offer critical feedback, creating a productive and supportive learning environment. Additional formative feedback will be offered throughout the module through individual tutorials.

Formative Feedback on written and practical work is offered verbally in workshops, seminars and tutorials.
Summative Feedback for the summative assessments will be written on standard feedback sheets and will be made available within 20 working days of the final submission deadline.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

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Module abstract

Please find details of this module in the other sections provided.

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will be introduced to a range of research methods and strategies relevant to the contemporary fields of theatre and performance. You will also learn how to work as an ethical researcher, and will be expected to follow the University Ethics Code for research.

The research methods investigated on this module are particularly oriented towards Practice Research. You will be encouraged to align your developing projects with contemporary debates and approaches within this field and to view your own evolving performance practice as a developing ‘body of research’ from which you can extract, test, and process your own research questions. You will be supported by tutors to identify and refine specific research questions that underpin your developing practice, and to activate and explore these questions in and through your own (practice) research output in a symposium event.

Work on this module is designed to enhance the scholarly research based enquiry that will inform your work on Theatre and Performance Project. The module will encourage you to develop academic skills focussing particularly on: developing skills in reflective and evaluative writing; and supporting you to build an extensive bibliography and resources list that will lead you into your final project.

You will be introduced to a number of approaches and methods, drawing on existing practices and expertise within the core academic teaching team. Explicitly, staff research will inform a significant part of your learning on this module as you will engage directly in discussions rooted in staff research projects.

You can expect to encounter methods, theories and approaches such as:
Practice as Research; Ethnography; Action Research; Phenomenology; Applied Research; Qualitative methods.
Likewise, you can expect to encounter research topics, and questions in the areas of:
Performer Training and Research Practices; Documentation and Performance Practice; Research within Applied Theatre contexts; Researching the Body in Performance; Exploring Identity through Performance.

Through interrogating examples of staff research, you will be encouraged to identify, deploy and explore methods and approaches appropriate to your own practice/projects.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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