• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest Drama

This course will examine the development of Drama both broadly historically and as a field of study. Using dramatic texts and critical readings from the Western Theatrical Tradition, beginning with Ancient Greece, students will investigate the ways in which Drama and its scholarship have developed and changed throughout history. Students will engage in an in-depth analysis of the contributions made by key dramatic practitioners and critics and will explore ways in which their own scholarship can contribute to Drama as a discipline.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Identify and critically analyse key ideas and practices in the history of the Western theatrical tradition

2. Articulate orally and in writing an understanding of these key ideas and practices

3. Identify and critically analyse key ideas and developments in Drama as a discipline of critical study

4. Articulate orally and in writing an understanding of these key ideas and practices

5. Articulate orally and in writing an understanding of the relationship between drama scholarship and practice, and how a their own scholarship may contribute to the field

6. Demonstrate an understanding of how theatre texts work in a physical space

7. Facilitate group discussions and demonstrations of the ideas discussed in lectures and critical readings


Indicative Assessment

1. One 2,000 word essay (25%) - relates to Learning Outcomes (1, 2, 3, 4)

2. One 2,000 word reflective workshop journal (25%) - relates to relates to Learning Outcomes (2, 4, 5)

3. One dramaturgical exercise in which students, in groups, will lead the class in the analysis  and physical exploration of an allocated text during workshop sessions (30%) - relates to Learning Outcomes (6, 7)

4. One exam - relates to Learning Outcomes  (20%) - relates to Learning Outcomes (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)


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The course will involve one 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour workshop/tutorial per week. Students should also allow 7 hours per week for associated readings and assessment work.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You cannot enrol in this course if you have previously completed DRAM1006

Assumed Knowledge

A first year English course is recommended. May also be suitable for students in the following areas: Film, Art History, Visual Arts, Music, Anthropology, Philosophy and Law.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9388 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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