• 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 have the knowledge and skills 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 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

Essay, 2000 word (25%) [Learning Outcomes [1, 2, 3, 4]
Reflective Workshop Journal, 2000 words, (25%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 4, 5]
Dramaturgical exercise, 20-30 minutes duration, in which students, in groups, will lead the class in the analysis  and physical exploration of an allocated text during workshop sessions (30%) [Learning Outcomes 6 & 7]
Final Examination 2 hours duration (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
 a) 36 hours of contact: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
 b) 94 hours of independent and group student research, reading and writing

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.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4213 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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