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Unit information: Independent Study: Dissertation in 2019/20

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Unit name Independent Study: Dissertation
Unit code THTR30018
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Eleanor Rycroft
Open unit status Not open

THTR10002 Production for Design and Performance or DRAM10028 Production Skills for Performance 1;

Performance Forms and Analysis;

Performance Histories or Politics of Performance.



School/department Department of Theatre
Faculty Faculty of Arts


The unit will provide a structured and supervised opportunity for final-year students to propose and pursue an independent research project, written on an agreed topic of interest within the areas of theatre and performance studies. Students work with a supervisor to identify research questions or concerns, to determine appropriate research methods, formulate their argument and structure a dissertation. It offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their command of academic research and writing skills on a large-scale project, and to prepare for postgraduate study

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able:

(1) to formulate appropriate research questions and concerns, to focus a written enquiry of their choosing;

(2) to determine appropriate methodologies and resources for exploring these questions;

(3) to carry out sustained independent research and develop lines of inquiry, drawing on a wide range of sources and applying conceptual/theoretical frameworks in an advanced way;

(4) to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of a range of primary and secondary sources relevant to the topic of research;

(5) to gather, organise and use information in an extended argument, articulate and structure points effectively in a longer written form, supporting ideas with appropriate referencing;

(6) to apply with confidence and competence a range of theoretical ideas, and have developed a critical approach towards them;

(7) to communicate complex critical-theoretical thinking fluently, and present scholarly writing in an appropriate format, using consistent academic references.

(8) demonstrate their command of academic research and writing skills on a large-scale project.

Teaching details

8 x 1-hour meetings with academic supervisor (initially in small tutorial groups, which address methodologies and formulating questions, then individually). Tuition will be given by a relevant member of staff.

8 x 2 hour Professional Practice sessions to prepare students for post-University work

2 x 6 hour Writing Retreats

Assessment Details

10,000-word dissertation, excluding footnotes and bibliography. (100%) ILO 1-8

This should include a 300-word Abstract, which outlines the research questions, concerns and methodology, and summarises the dissertation.

Reading and References

Reading and references will be provided individually according to the agreed project.