• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest Drama, English
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rebecca Clifford
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course will examine plays of major American playwrights of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through text analysis and performance activities. A brief history of American Theatre in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries will also be studied. At the end of the course students will be expected to perform in a scene from one of the plays considered during the semester.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Articulate orally and in writing an understanding of key concepts and theatre practices in American drama since the 1940s
  2. Identify and critically analyse these key concepts and practices
  3. Carry out research to select and combine materials concerning the American theatrical landscape
  4. Make appropriate performance methodology choices for performance of selected texts
  5. Apply theoretical  concepts in performance or in a written production book.

Indicative Assessment

2 x 2,000 word essay (25% each) (LO 1,2,3)

2 x assessed in-class and video-recorded workshop performances or project books (2 x 12.5% each). Video-recorded performances will be assessed by 2 examiners (LO 1,2,3,4, 5)

1 x tutorial presentation and 1000 word write-up (25%) (LO 1,2,3).

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This course will involve one 1-hour lecture, one 1-hour tutorial and one and 2-hour workshop per week. Students should also allow 6-hours per week for associated readings and rehearsals.
(130 hours total workload over the semester).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 Units of Drama (DRAM) Courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL6035. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.




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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 $2520
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
8843 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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