Specialist Studies in Drama 2

Course code EDUC4036
Available in 2015
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 - 2015


  • Semester 1 - 2015

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

6. Develop problem solving and decision making skills within social and environmental issues and how these can be used in the school setting

7. Become aware of the individual and commercial process that affect people's lives;

8. Be involved in the solving of supportable social problem which relates to their own or the cultures of others and how to use this process in the school curriculum;

9. Apply comprehensive and independent management of a design project commensurate with all influences and constraints

10. Apply and develop knowledge, skills and experience that represent the students' understanding of sophisticated design and technology capability


  • Principles and practices of teaching and learning Stage 6 Drama in NSW schools.
  • Teaching the Stage 6 core content areas such as improvisation, playbuilding and acting, elements of production in performance.
  • Lesson planning and programming for Stage 6 Drama.
  • Course assessment requirements of the NSW Higher School Certificate for Stage 6 Drama.
  • Strategies, technologies and resources for teaching and assessing Stage 6 Drama.
  • Collaborative, critical and performative learning processes in Stage 6 Drama.
  • Production and design elements in theatre
  • Key theatrical traditions such as contemporary, Australian and world theatre, and performance styles
  • Catering for diverse learners in the Drama classroom.

Assumed Knowledge

EDDR221, 222, 322 or equivalent courses.

Assessment Items

Presentation: Group Project Presentation

Proposal / Plan: Work Sample Analysis and Unit Plan

Contact Hours

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