This programme specification is aimed at prospective students and represents the most current course structure.
SECTION A: DETAILS OF THE COURSE AND AWARD
|Programme:||DRAMA AND LITERATURE (INCLUDING YEAR ABROAD)|
|Awarding body:||University of Essex|
|Teaching institution:||University of Essex|
|Department:||Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies|
|NQF Level of Qualification:||Honours|
|Full / Part Time||Full-time|
|QAA Benchmark Group:||English|
|2nd QAA Benchmark Group - Joint Schemes:||Dance, Drama and Performance Arts|
| Admission criteria:
if the applicant does not meet the specified criteria, he or she may discuss the application with the Head of Undergraduate or Head of Postgraduate admissions.
|A-levels: 300 points, including BB at A-level with one A-level in a humanities subject
BTEC National Diploma: DDM
Scottish Highers: AABB
IB: 32 points
SECTION B: PROGRAMME AIMS, OUTCOMES, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT METHODS
This section provides a concise overview of the programme of study, identifying the aims, learning outcomes and the corresponding methods of learning, teaching and assessment.
Programme: BA DRAMA AND LITERATURE (INCLUDING YEAR ABROAD)
To offer a varied, flexible and distinctive curriculum focused on the study of English literature and encompassing several genres and periods. To enable students to: Understand the methodology necessary for undertaking a close analysis of a text passage or film extract. Acquire the critical terminology to identify and name the literary devices at work in a text. Work in a small group to prepare a presentation that demonstrates the skills involved in the close reading of an unseen text. Appreciate the relationship between the written and the spoken language. To encourage students to exercise their own judgements in the reading of both primary and secondary texts. To acquaint students with a range of contextual, conceptual and comparative frameworks. To provide the knowledge and skills (critical inquiry and argument, imaginative understanding, written and spoken communication and presentation) that will not only stand students in good stead for more specialised academic study, but will also enhance their graduate careers. To enable study of a wide range of dramatic texts, from Ancient Greek to the present day To provide students with an understanding of the principal developments in European Theatre To encourage understanding (both theoretical and practical) of the performance logic of dramatic texts
Programme Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:
A1 : A range of English literature from the early modern period to present-day, including knowledge of a variety of genres (poetry, fiction, and drama)|
A2 : The major figures in the field, and the major literary tendencies or movements covered by the degree scheme
A3 : The complex relationship between literature and culture (an appreciation of the way in which literary texts are embedded in their cultural and historical milieux, and an awareness of their role in creating cultural change)
A4 : The key critical debates that have informed the field (and some familiarity with the most recent critical interventions)
A5 : The basic methods of critical analysis and argument
A6 : Specialised study in the final year in areas students have identified as being of particular interest
A7 : A range of English and European drama and theatre, from classical Greek to the present-day
A8 : The complex relationship between drama and theatre (an appreciation of the way in which dramatic texts are embedded in particular theatre cultures)
A9 : Major theatre genres which might include: Didactic theatre, Expressionism, Naturalism, Surrealism, Epic, Theatre of the Absurd
A10 : A range of Western theatre theorists, which might include: Aristotle, Brecht, Artaud, Grotowski, and Stanislavski
A11 : The theatrical or performance logic contained within any text written for performance on the stage
B1 : Analyse and interpret|
B2 : Read complex texts and comment cogently on them
B3 : Reason critically and argue coherently
B4 : Identify critical positions and interrogate them
B5 : Make and account for connections
B6 : Think independently
B7 : Think on their feet, grasping complex issues of dramatic structure and relating these to the fashioning of a performance
C1 : A vocabulary and a critical terminology for the analysis of literary texts|
C2 : A capacity for working independently and under guidance to utilise critical and other appropriate secondary reading
C3 : The use of accepted conventions of presenting references and bibliographies in writing on literary topics
C4 : The utilisation of a knowledge of literary and generic conventions
C5 : The use of a critical methodology in written work, employing reasoned argument to appreciate and evaluate a literary text
C6 : An effective style of writing to convey a range of responses as readers of a literary text
C7 : A range of methods to perform a bibliographical search.
C8 : The ability to present effective practical theatre projects
C9 : The ability to plan, manage and conduct a group activity
Communication: D1 : Clear, focused, relevant and effective written expression and oral communication|
IT Skills: D2 : Use appropriate IT to research and present material
Problem Solving: D4 : Management of projects and timetables. Finding, understanding and organising information.
Working with Others: D5 : Ability to "read" an argument in seminar discussion; ability to respond effectively; ability to work in a variety of group contexts..
Self Learning: D6 : Receptivity to feedback in the form of written comments on coursework and oral communications.
Learning, Teaching & Assessment Methods or Strategies for the following:
1-10 are acquired through lectures, classes and continuously assessed coursework (with regular feedback, both oral and written, from tutors). The lectures offer surveys of the major periods of literature covered in the scheme and address the major approaches and issues (mainly 1-4, but also 7-10). The classes, on the other hand, tend to focus in more detail on textual examples, and give emphasis to student discussion and/ or presentation, preparing their argumentative skills for formal assessment. Classes and workshops are particularly pertinent to 8 and 11. Drama workshops allow a practical grasp of 11. In Year 3, the format for LT courses changes to a two-hour seminar, which may include informal lectures/ presentations by the teacher and gives further scope for students to practise their oral communication skills as well as to pursue more specialised areas of interest (5, 6).
In addition, students are expected to extend and enhance the knowledge and understanding they acquire from classes and lectures by regularly consulting archival materials related to the course. This independent research is then consolidated in essay work. In TH subjects which include a workshop, students are encouraged to work both independently and as a group in preparation of end-of-course presentations.
Formal assessment of students' knowledge and understanding (1-4, 6, 7-10) takes place through coursework essays and unseen written examinations. Students are expected to analyse texts in the light of the contextual, conceptual and comparative frameworks offered to them during the scheme, whilst also formulating their own arguments and displaying critical competence (5). Outcome 11 is assessed formally in drama workshop presentations. In LT units, class contribution is assessed, a process which gives formal weight to preparation, comprehension, and oral communication and argumentation.
Intellectual and cognitive skills are initiated through lectures in Year I and II, and further developed in seminars, as well as one-to-one tutorials where appropriate. The seminar- based work of Year III, like that of Years I and II, encourages critical discussion arising from the analysis and interpretation of texts with an emphasis on being able to reason cogently, argue coherently and present one's own viewpoint persuasively. Year III students are guided towards the acquisition of a reflective understanding of the arguments they and others propose, the analyses they and others offer, and the critical positions they and others employ. This is done through in situ feedback (formally and informally, as appropriate) in oral and written presentations, group based critical discussions and the analysis and interpretation of texts and critical positions. Therefore, Year III further develops and hones skills 1-5, but it is also where cumulatively 6 comes into its own (see also Independent Study), and where we seek evidence of the successful deployment of skill 6 in the assessment.
Skill 7 is addressed in the course of drama workshops.
The seminars are intended as practice sessions for skills 1-6. Students translate the skills acquired there collectively into individually assessed essays. In turn, the essays prepare students for the exam. As the summative assessment for any given course, the exam tests their ability both to demonstrate and to sustain the same skills in controlled conditions. Drama workshop presentations (skill 7) are formally assessed.
Skills 1 and 4 are introduced in lectures and developed through classes (first and second years) and through seminars (third year). Guidance on skills 2, 3, and 5-7 is given in teaching, in supervision of essays, and in Departmental Handbooks. The strategy ensures that, having acquired a basic command of them, students exercise these skills in the third year in more specialised modules. Skills 8 and 9 are addressed in practical workshops
Assessment is by essays and examinations. Provision is made for selected students to be assessed on an Independent Study project in the third year in lieu of a taught module. The project has a presentation element which consists of 20% of the final mark. Essay questions are designed to test all skills. Examination questions test skills 1 and 4-6. Skills 8 and 9 are assessed in the course of a formal presentation before examiners.
The five relevant key skills are implicit throughout the degree, and are supported in their development by seminar work, feedback on essays, and key skills packages.
D1-2, 4-6 are assessed through coursework and dissertations; D5 is assessed through a participation mark.
SECTION C: COURSE STRUCTURE
Please refer to your option list as issued by the department where necessary,
and view module details in the module directory.
Additional notes on module choices:
STUDY ABROAD YEAR
1. Students must comply with the rules and regulations of the partner university.
2. Study Abroad students are required to take a full module load, which is a minimum of 30 ECTS credits per semester in Europe, 12 US credits per semester or quarter term in the US, or equivalent elsewhere. The Study Abroad Office will provide details.
3. Modules must normally be taken for a Grade, not on a Pass/Fail basis.
4. Modules should normally be taken at the appropriate study level. Detailed guidance will be provided by the designated Departmental representative.
5. All Study Abroad module choices must be approved in advance by the designated Departmental representative.
6. On a four-year degree, the Study Abroad Year will be weighted as 60 Essex credits for degree classification purposes, but all modules taken abroad will be used in calculating the converted marks.
|Component No.||Module Code||Module Title||Status in Award|
|02||LT111-4-FY||INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE||Core|
|03||TH141-4-FY||INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA||Core|
|04||LT182-4-AU OR LT182-4-SP||Core with Options|
|05||IA181-4-AU OR IA181-4-SP OR LT161-4-AU OR LT162-4-SP OR LT171-4-SP||Core with Options|
|Component No.||Module Code||Module Title||Status in Award|
|01||2ND YEAR THEATRE STUDIES OPTION (30 CREDITS)||Optional|
|02||2ND YEAR THEATRE STUDIES OPTION (30 CREDITS)||Optional|
|03||2ND YEAR LITERATURE OPTION (30 CREDITS)||Optional|
|04||2ND YEAR LITERATURE OPTION (30 CREDITS)||Optional|
|Component No.||Module Code||Module Title||Status in Award|
|01||FINAL YEAR THEATRE STUDIES OPTION (30 CREDITS)||Optional|
|02||FINAL YEAR THEATRE STUDIES OPTION OR INDEPENDENT STUDY POSSIBLE (30 CREDITS)||Optional|
|03||FINAL YEAR LITERATURE OR FILM STUDIES OPTION (30 CREDITS)||Optional|
|04||FINAL YEAR LITERATURE OPTION OR INDEPENDENT STUDY POSSIBLE (30 CREDITS)||Optional|
SECTION D: RULES OF ASSESSMENT
Rules of assessment are here: http://www2.essex.ac.uk/academic/students/ug/rules.htm
Assessment information for individual modules can be found on the Module Directory at http://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/
The University of Essex Programme Specifications Catalogue is updated annually in April/May. The specifications represent the most current course structures and may be subject to review and change. Should you have any queries about the Catalogue's pages, please contact the Course Records Team, Systems Administration Office, Academic Section; email: crt (non Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk)