School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies
TH329 Independent Research Option
The Independent Research Option (IRO) is a compulsory module for third year single honours Theatre and Performance Studies students. Joint honours students are not required to take this module but can choose to do so in exceptional circumstances. The module offers students two routes towards undertaking a substantial piece of supervised research during the course of the third year. These routes are convened separately so as to take into account methodological differences in each instance, but there are also some shared aspects in the programming and running of the module as a whole.
The two basic routes are:
1. Written dissertation (100% of assessment), convened by Jim Davis (Autumn) and Margaret Shewring (Spring/Summer). This route enables students to complete an individually written dissertation of 10,000 words on a research topic of their choice and based on their investigation of primary and secondary sources. Each student taking this route is allocated a single supervisor and the topic must be one that can be appropriately supervised by a member of staff in the Department. The written dissertation must be based on clear historiographical, dramaturgical, and/or theoretical/conceptual principles. It should make apparent the context of the research, the research methodology involved and the research questions it is posing. Under certain circumstances and subject to negotiation the dissertation can include curatorial work (including recording what has happened in the past or organizing an exhibition), historical performance reconstruction or applied practical work undertaken as research (for instance, a series of workshops in the community or in educational contexts).
2. Practice-based project (practice 60%, critical review 40%), convened by Nicolas Whybrow. This route enables students to use forms of practice as the primary research methodology. The practical work can take several forms, including (but not limited to) live performance, performance installations, site-specific performance, video work, multi-media work, the writing of plays, curatorial work (including recording what has happened in the past or organizing an exhibition), historical performance reconstruction, space and/or costume design, organizing and running participatory workshops, and video documentaries. For the practice-based project, students will usually work in groups of between two and five members, though it is feasible under some circumstances to undertake a solo project. Each group following this route is allocated a single supervisor and the nature of the work must be such that it can be appropriately supervised by a member of staff in the department. Practical processes must be informed by clear research imperatives and based on theoretical/conceptual principles. Projects should make apparent the context of the research, the research methodologies involved and the research questions being posed.
General Learning Skills and Outcomes
• Development of independent research topic
• Capacity to undertake independent research
• Capacity to organise and structure research findings • Ability to make independent judgments
• Skill in researching, presenting and responding critically to established knowledge or approaches to a particular topic from within the discipline of theatre and performance studies
• Engage in an extended period of research to generate an original performance or media-based product or dissertation
• Engage with a programme of sessions that provide guidance and skills pertinent to post-degree aspirations in conjunctions with careers and external advisors from relevant sectors
Overall module convenor: Dr Nicolas Whybrow (n dot whybrow at warwick dot ac dot uk)
Written dissertation convenors: Autumn - Professor Jim Davis (jim dot davis at warwick dot ac dot uk) Spring - Dr Margaret Shewring (m dot e dot shewring at warwick dot ac dot uk)
Performance-based convenor: Dr Nicolas Whybrow
Supervisors: all members of staff in the department
Technical Support: Ian O'Donoghue (Ian dot F dot O-Donoghue at warwick dot ac dot uk)
Tuesday - 0900-1030 - G53 Studio, Millburn House
Rehearsals/preparation/tutorials tba on per topic basis
Assessment [0% examined]
|TH329-30||PRACTICE-BASED||30||Nicolas Whybrow||Practice-based Assessment - 60%||Critical Review (4000 words) - 40% -
Please use the esubmission link if your Critical Review can be submitted electronically
|WRITTEN||30||Jim Davis (Autumn)
Margaret Shewring (Spring)
|10,000 word dissertation - 100%You can e-submit your dissertation to produce a receipt and to speed-up the marking process but TWO hard copies are still required to be handed-in by the deadline.