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SEL3401 : Theatre Script Portfolio

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lars Iyer
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0


1. To prepare a file of work which consists of a self-contained theatre script.

2. To prepare a self-reflective essay.

Outline Of Syllabus

There will be an initial plenary to discuss the course and establish study groups Study groups will meet six times over the year and prepare a short presentation for their tutor on each occasion.

There will be six corresponding meetings between the study groups and tutor in order to give each presentation

Students will be required to attend seven one to one tutorials throughout the year. They may also drop in during tutors' office hours on request to discuss ongoing issues.

There will be a workshop in which the students will present an extract of their evolving play to the tutor and other students.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion179:0079:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1140:00140:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision71:007:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1154:00154:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Each student must consult the module leader with an initial proposal, submitting an opening plan/draft for comment and discussion.

All students attend the plenary session to be assigned study groups.

All students attend the two seminars appropriate to their proposed body of work.

The meetings listed above are the basic requirement. The specific amount of time will vary from student to student. Some will attend Office Hours for brief meetings. Some will wish to have longer sessions at greater intervals after they have built a body of work.

Creative work of this sort needs both the clear overriding structure of the meetings listed above and greater flexibility in terms of the duration and frequency of further discussion.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2A100A self-contained one act play (4500-5000 words) plus 1500 word self-reflective essay.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

In the essay students will discuss the processes of drafting and any principles of selection. It will also reference relevant contemporary plays and craft. It must include a bibliography of books read and performances attended as evidence of research.

The final mark will be a consideration of both the file of original work and the essay with the file of original work being the major factor and the self-reflective essay being the minor factor.

Reading Lists