Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to the modern drama of realism which dominated twentieth-century theatre. The plays of Ibsen and Chekhov and emotions of love and fear are considered and their interpretation in Stanislavski's styles of acting. This theatrical realism is compared with Brecht's plays and his ideas of acting in epic theatre. The subject is taught through a combination of theatre history, dramatic literature and some exercises in acting and staging. It investigates the social meanings of different approaches to emotions, realism, acting and staging identity.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRob Conkie

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesRehearsal, editing, staging choicesTheatre critiquePrimary and secondary textual research; essay writingShort, in-class tests and discussions

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesHUS1MOV OR DRA1MKT


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Present a scene from a modern or contemporary play in small groups
02. Critique a theatre production
03. Research essay
04. Write and speak about play texts - narratives, themes, characters

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRob Conkie

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Classwork tests (800 words equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo20 SILO2, SILO4

Essay (1600 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Group presentation (equivalent 1600 words)

N/AOral presentationGroupNo40 SILO2