Specialist Studies in Drama 2

Course code EDUC4036
Available in 2016
2015 Course Timetables


This course explores the principles and practices of teaching and learning in senior Drama in New South Wales schools. Students will explore planning, programming and assessment for Stage 6 Drama; course and assessment requirements for the NSW Higher School Certificate for Drama; and current issues and trends affecting contemporary Drama education in schools. Informed by local and national curriculum documents and current Stage 6 Drama Prescriptions, this course will address core skills and understandings in Drama such as the element of drama, improvisation, playbuilding, acting and elements of production in performance as well as theatre traditions and practice within Australia and broader contexts.



  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop lesson plans, programs, and assessment tasks for Stage 6 Drama, based on the principles of experiential drama learning

2. Select and utilise suitable resources and technologies to deepen the Drama learning experience and engagement of students in the learning process

3. Interpret and apply the course and assessment requirements of the NSW Higher School Certificate in Drama

4. understand and analyse key performance styles and theatrical traditions and their creative processes through practical modes of learning and the application of suitable methodologies

5. engage with current debates, theories and curriculum issues in the broader field of Drama education


Contexts and connections – Stage 6 Drama Curriculum in NSW

  • Engaging with the theoretical field of drama education – key theories and contemporary research
  • Key concepts and critical issues in drama education (past, present and future)
  • The Drama learning continuum K-12 and the nature of the drama learning process for senior students
  • Drama curriculum, assessment and examination requirements for Stage 6 Drama in NSW and their implications for teachers.
  • Reflective practice for Stage 6 Drama teachers



Core practices and content in NSW Stage 6 Drama

  • Core practices in drama: making, performing and critically studying drama
  • Addressing syllabus outcomes and content in Stage 6; core skills and knowledge in practice; modes of learning in drama and the elements of dramatic form
  • Scaffolding performative and critical processes  - different ways of learning in and through drama
  • Teaching foundational Year 11 content: Improvisation, Playbuilding and Acting.



Pedagogy into practice - planning for drama learning experiences in Stage 6

  • Effective teaching strategies, planning and programming issues in Stage 6 Drama
  • Lesson planning in Stage 6 Drama
  • Catering for diverse learners (indigenous students, ESL, linguistically and culturally diverse students, special needs students, students with challenging behaviours; considerations of gender and sexuality in drama learning processes).
  • Inclusive drama practice – issues, best practice and considerations for Stage 6 Drama teachers


Assessment, reporting and examination in Stage 6 Drama

  • Critical issues, key strategies and curriculum requirements
  • Examples and design considerations
  • Standards-based assessment in Stage 6 Drama
  • Differentiation in practice in Drama and collaborative creative processes.



Teacher responsibilities in Stage 6 Drama

  • Drama and self-efficacy; student wellbeing
  • Ethical practice and child protection issues in Drama
  • Considering productions and performances in senior Drama
  • Excursions and the co-curriculum in Drama.



Teaching the Year 11 Content Areas

  • Laying the foundations for Year 12 study
  • Effective teaching strategies, programming and assessment  in Year 11
  • Integrating technologies in the senior Drama classroom
  • Year 11 content areas: Elements of Production in Performance and Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles.



Teaching the Year 12 Content Areas

  • Compulsory Content: Australian Drama and Theatre  - traditions and contemporary theatre topics
  • Guiding the experiential learning of the topics through effective teaching strategies
  • Teaching, programming and assessment issues in topic studies



Teaching the Year 12 Content Areas

  • Studies in Drama and Theatre
  • Guiding the experiential learning of the topics through effective teaching strategies
  • Teaching, programming and assessment issues in topic studies.



HSC examinations in Drama - teaching issues and requirements

  • Supporting the Group Performance process
  • Facilitating Individual Projects in Drama
  • Drama literacy and the preparation of students for the written examination
  • Professionalism and the role of the drama teacher in schools and wider community; building networks and community connections through Drama; the importance of professional learning for Drama educators.

Assumed Knowledge

EDDR221, 222, 322 or equivalent courses.

Assessment Items

Project: Playbuilding task: Evaluation and planning

Proposal / Plan: Unit of work

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Term

Integrated Learning will typically consist of a series of online activities.


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks