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Unit information: Independent Study: Dissertation in 2020/21

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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 4 (weeks 1-24)
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

Teaching will be delivered using a blend of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, group tutorials, and individual supervision. In TB1, lecture, seminar and on-line discussion sessions will largely be focussed on professionalisation and research methodologies and on formulating initial research proposals. In TB2, students will initially be supervised in small tutorial groups, then individually, and will be supported to develop relevant study, research and writing skills, including writing retreats

Assessment Details

Formative assessment Research proposal; CV and professional portfolio Summative assessment 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.