Department of Drama UG Module Directory (2022)



Level 4 (15 credits)

London/Culture/Performance has four key aims: 1. To equip you with skills for analysing performance (as distinct from written text) (keyword: performance); 2. To facilitate your critical and productive engagement with London and the vast cultural resources, history and global connections it has to offer (keyword: London); 3. To introduce you to some current issues in cultural politics and critical ways of approaching them (keyword: culture); 4. To develop your critical skills in reading, research, writing, referencing, fieldwork and presentations. This module provides opportunities for you to explore the performance resources available in London and to develop your skills in using, understanding and responding critically to them.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

There is no advance preparation necessary for this module.  Please be aware that during the module you will be required to attend live theatrical performances, complete fieldwork in London, and work collaboratively with other students as well as individually.   

Module readings will be provided free of charge.  This module requires attending two theatrical performances--tickets will be provided at no cost to you by the School of English and Drama.  You can expect to incur modest public transport costs as part of attending these performances and completing occasional required fieldwork for the module.
Why take London/Culture/Performance?

  • Use theatre as a distinctive way to explore and examine London;
  • Think critically about the relationship between theatre and its social, political, and economic environment;
  • Gain new critical tools for analysing theatre.
Learning Context Seminar-based
Semester 1
  1. Essay (1400 words), 40%
  2. Essay (2000 words), 60%
Mode of reassessment Standard
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