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This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.


Drama is an arts, expression and communications subject, with academic grounding in the performing arts and pedagogy. The course's main goal is to impart knowledge and develop competence in drama as an arts subject and as arts education. Promoting communication through theatre in a multicultural society is central to the course. The course will provide students with a foundation for facilitating and leading drama/theatre work in schools, learning centres, cultural schools and other recreational activities. Emphasis is placed on the instructor's and teacher's role in drama/theatre work.
Emancipatory pedagogy will be central to the course

Learning outcome

Knowledge
After completing the course the students will:
  • Be able to account for central features of drama as an arts subject and as arts education
  • Be able to account for central features of the aesthetic dimension of drama
  • Be able to account for central features of modern-day theatre in an international context
  • Have acquired knowledge about dramaturgy, directing, scenography and acting
  • Be able to account for relevant research methods related to their research project in writing
  • Have acquired knowledge of intercultural communication

Skills
After completing the course the students will:
  • Be able to give and receive instruction in the artistic process and in the creative interaction of drama/theatre work.
  • Have developed a thoughtful and experience-based relationship to the drama subject and to drama education
  • Have developed skills to analyse the relation between art and pedagogy
  • Be able to apply their understanding of the aesthetic dimension of the drama subject
  • Be able to apply their knowledge of modern-day theatre in practical work
  • Be able to apply their intercultural competency and creative abilities to communicate through theatre
  • Be able to use relevant research methods related to their research project
  • Be able to master and actively use ICT (information and communications technology) as a tool in drama, theatre and scholarly work
  • Be able to use digital tools in theoretical, practical and artistic communication.

General competence
After completing the course the students will:
  • Be able to lead creative processes
  • Be able to encourage democratic processes and have the ability for critical reflection in their work
  • Be able to promote development competence
  • Be able to communicate knowledge through aesthetic means and artistic expression
  • Be able to strengthen the diverse and multicultural dimension in their work

Contents

Drama is an arts, expression and communications subject, with academic grounding in the performing arts and pedagogy. The course's main goal is to impart knowledge and develop competence in drama as an arts subject and as arts education. Promoting communication through theatre in a multicultural society is central to the course. The course will provide students with a foundation for facilitating and leading drama/theatre work in schools, learning centres, cultural schools and other recreational activities. Emphasis is placed on the instructor's and teacher's role in drama/theatre work. Emancipatory pedagogy will be central to the course.
The course is structured around five themes:
The five themes will both have overlapping content and build upon each other. They are weighted somewhat equally and are compulsory as the practical, the pedagogical and the theoretical will be integrated both within and across these five themes. The choice of teaching material and work methods is based upon the subject's nature and its function in schools and voluntary teaching. Digital tools will be used in drama and theatre communication. The course content has a clear practical and artistic methodical aim, and students' self-development in the subject is central.
DRAMATIC FORMS OF EXPRESSION
Experimental work and creative imagination will be emphasised and explored at this level. This involves extensive work with dramatic forms of expression. Good knowledge of theatrical methods forms the basis for the further development of the expressive use of voice and body.
EXPLORATORY DRAMA WORK
The exploration of games and the investigation of given topics through games. In the exploratory drama process, emphasis is placed on examining the ethical and aesthetic dimension of games and dramatic expression.
THEATRE PRODUCTION
In-depth study of the different aspects of a theatre production. Experimentation with theatre forms, dramaturgical models and dramatic methods is central and will highlight the relationship and tension between form and content.
SUBJECT THEORY
Arts education along with knowledge of theatre history and theatre conventions form important pillars of the drama specialisation. The weighting between theatre arts and pedagogy has varied through the ages, and in different ways influenced the drama subject's content, development and societal importance. A solid theoretical foundation provides the basis for practical work and critical reflection.
SUBJECT DIDACTICS
In close connection with teaching practice, the students' ability for didactic reflection on theatre and drama work with children and young adults is deepened and challenged. The role of teacher and instructor is developed through practical work.

Required prerequisite knowledge

None.

Recommended previous knowledge

Work with children and youth, drama from secondary school, intercultural work, teacher education or other educations within Humaniora.

Exam

Written exam, assignment and practical group exam
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam3/106 hoursA - FDictionary.1)
Assignment3/10 A - F
Practical group exam and conversation4/105 daysA - F
Research project:
Students choose whether to undertake the research project individually or in groups. In the resaerch project the students shall present and elaborate on a chosen topic. The assignment shall reflect core practical or theoretical issues in the dramastudy. For group projects a combined group grade is given. Length 7000 Words (+/-10%) for individual research Projects. Number of words will increase when the students work in groups in dialog with coach . Students will have 2 weeks to complete the project.
Practical group exam with discussion:
The practical group exam will be a dramatic performance/theatre production, followed by a discussion with an external examiner that provides the basis for an individual assessment. This exam takes place over 5 days and the work will culminate in a stage production that is limited in time. The preparation, the performance and the reflection over work done, which is made apparent during the discussion with the external examiner, will form the basis for the individual assessment.
All parts must be passed to get a final grade.
1) Tospråklig

Coursework requirements

Assignments, Class
Drama is a practical and theoretical course of study and all teaching and instruction is compulsory. Illness and valid leave of absence do not exempt students from meeting the course requirements. Within 20% absence. The following requirements must be completed:
  • The students are recommended to participate in a study trip to see minimum five professional performances for children/youth. These performances will be analyzed and evaluated through group conversations. Expences are coverd by the students. The studytrip will be in the springtime and will last for 3-4 days. Alternative for this studytrip will be that the students watch five performances for children/youth and writes individual analyzes to each performance.
  • Students must have seen at least five professional theatre performances for adults, not including those on the study trip
  • In groups, develop and perform a forum play with themes from multicultural society for a given audience
  • In groups, develop and carry out a monolog performance with drama- and theatrepedagogical work in Primary School, five times.
  • Complete a theatre project based on a given script. The performance will be performed six times
  • Complete a two week placement.

Students who have one or more assignments not approved at first submission, will be given one more submission opportunity in a new and improved version.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Karin Brunvathne Bjerkestrand , Anna Stråtveit Songe-Møller
Course teacher
Norunn Fletcher , Berit Aarrestad , Karin Brunvathne Bjerkestrand
Programme coordinator
Hanne Elise Pollack , Kjersti Gjedrem
Placement coordinator
Kitty Marie Garborg

Method of work

The course will be divided into different periods and the teaching will mainly be project-oriented. Teaching methods will alternate between spontaneous, intuitive and more analytical, problem-solving work methods individually and in groups of varying size. The teaching will have different approaches and forms such as lecture, demonstration, discussion, project work, games and performance, independent study, instruction and practical work in a multicultural society.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Drama and Cultural Communication (GLU0083_1) 30

Course assessment

Early dialogue, final evaluation and student council. 

Literature

Benedetti, J. (1998). Stanislavski and the actor. London: Routledge.
Boal, A. (2002). Games for actors and non-actors. Second edition. London: Routledge
Bowell, P. & Heap, B. (2013). Planning Process Drama: Enriching Teaching and Learning. Second revised edition. London: Routledge.
Brestoff, R. (1998). The Great Acting Teachers and Their Methods. Hanover: Smith and Kraus.
Brockett, O. G. & Hildy, F. J. (2013). History of the Theatre: Pearson new international edition. Essex: Pearson Education Limited.
Freire, P. (2017). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. London: Penguin Books Ltd.
O'Neill, C. (1995). Drama Worlds. A Framework for Process Drama. Portsmouth NH: Heinemann.
O'Toole, J. (2006). Doing Drama Research:Stepping into Inquiry in Drama, Theatre and Education. Brisbane: National Association for Drama in Education.
Additional literature:
  • Chosen literature to the research project (about 150 pages).
  • Plays and articles recommended by teachers.


This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 18.09.2019