Drama and theatre Communication in an Intercultural Context

Drama and Intercultural Communication is a course with academic founded on the performing arts and pedagogy. The course’s main aim is to promote communication through theatre in a multicultural society. We offer 30 ECTS in the Spring semester.

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Department of Education and Sports science

Course manager Berit Aarrestad & Jens Smith Wergeland Departmental contact Kjersti Gjedrem General admission inquiries inboundexchange@uis.no

Students standing in a ring practicing drama and intercultural communication

Developing competence in drama as an arts subject and as arts education is central to the course, and students will be provided with a foundation on how to lead drama/theatre work. The course will also provide a foundation in relationship building, dialogue and solidarity work.


The course content has a clear practical and artistic methodical aim structured around themes within dramatic forms of expression, exploratory drama work, theatre production, theory and didactics. The five themes are weighted approximately equally, and will to some extent have overlapping content.

Work methods

The teaching will have different approaches and forms such as lectures, demonstrations, discussions, project work, performance and independent study. Teaching will alternate between spontaneous, intuitive and more analytical, problem-solving work methods individually and in groups of varying size. For a more thorough example of the work methods, see the Act and Change project page created by a Minerva multilateral project team funded by the European Commission.

Target Group

The target group for this course is students who have previously completed a minimum of one year (60 ETCS) of study in higher education. Students from teacher education, aesthetic or communication programmes will be given priority.

Entry Requirements and course organization

Language requirements: English at B2 level.

There are a limited number of spaces available for this programme. Admission will be based on academic background of the student. 

Due to contact with children, all admitted students will be required to submit an official police declaration (criminal background clearance) in order to participate.

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