ENG2102 - Drama and Theatre

Year of Study:1 or 2
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1100 Introduction to Literature
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
This module introduces students to the variety of drama in modern Western dramatic tradition. It aims to provide students with an opportunity to analyse a selection of dramatic texts and to examine their forms and themes as well as to place them in their historical and cultural contexts. Students will be encouraged to develop the skills in close reading and critical analysis of the genre in relation to its material, cultural and historical contexts, buttressed by an increased understanding of philosophical and theoretical ideas relating to the genre. The module will also consider a variety of extra-textual features of drama and thus will enable students to have an informed understanding of the practical process of making performance happen. There will be an attempt to distinguish drama-text and theatre-text in the process of examining these works and how they are respectively related to students of drama. The ultimate goal of this module is to prepare students for their integration of knowledge and skills from the wide range of variety they are going to be exposed to in the four components in the English Study Area.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to discuss in an informed way, the genre of Western drama as dramatic literature and theatre;

  2. acquire the knowledge of the key forms and terminologies of modern drama and demonstrate an understanding of a range of critical and theoretical approaches to the dramatic texts;

  3. show an awareness of the main themes, forms and issues in the genre of the period and relate these elements to the specific historical, cultural and political contexts;

  4. apply the above knowledge and skills in constructing and communicating an informed appreciation of the literary value of the texts considered both verbally and in the writing of coherent, informed critical essays;

  5. transfer above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate a sustained analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material acquired both within and outside of literary study context.