Ancient Cultures: World Greek Theatre

Course code AHIS3601Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Provides an innovative approach to the study of Greek theatre through the combination of Classical analysis and Drama methodology. This subject examines the major works of dramatists from 5th Century Greece as both literary works and drama to be staged. The combination of literary analysis and practicalities of performance ensures a balanced and insightful understanding and envisioning of Greek drama as literature, ritual, social/political construct, and dynamic performance.

Not available in 2015

Objectives1. Knowledge of the Greek Theatre
1.1 To offer students a sound, discipline-based study of the Greek theatre
1.2 To foster an interest in the subject and its various components: theatre construction and the practicalities of performance (costume, staging, training); the literary basis of tragedy and comedy; social and cultural contexts (gender, religion/ritual and national/community identity as expressed in dramatic festivals)
2. Appreciation of Ancient Cultural Influence
2.1 To establish and develop connections between ancient theatre and its artistic and heritage and other subjects taught within the School of Humanities
2.2 To encourage and strengthen linkages between the artistic and cultural worlds of ancient Greece and Rome and the historical and social environments of Western society

The Development of Communication Skills
3.1 Oral communication
3.2 Written communication
3.3 Electronic communication
4. Research Development
4.1 Independent research skills
4.2 An ability to communicate the products of research in a clear, concise and analytical manner
Content1. An Introduction to the Subject: Aims, Teaching Methodology
2. The Greek Theatre: Architecture, Location
3. Staging Drama: Costuming, Actors
4. Audience Composition: Citizens, Foreigners, Slaves and Women
5. The Ritual of Dramatic Performance: Religious Aspects, Dionysus
6. The Origins of Drama: Improvisation and the Transformation to the Script
7. Greek Comedy: Old Comedy and Aristophanes
8. Greek Tragedy: Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides
9. The Legacy of the Greeks: Modern Adaptations
Replacing Course(s)HUMA3601
TransitionStudents who have completed HUMA3601 can not enrol in AHIS3601.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne tutorial paper or equivalent task = 30% (1,500 words)
Essays / Written AssignmentsOne essay or equivalent task = 40% (2,000 words)
ProjectsProgressive Drama workshop or equivalent task = 20% (practical)

The drama workshop entails problem-based learning. Students examine the issues and intricacies involved in 'staging' a piece of Greek theatre.
Quiz - ClassOne quiz or equivalent task = 10% (500 words)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term