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1. To provide research-led teaching informed by current staff research (whether through written projects or through practice), supported as appropriate by the use of new technologies.
2. To provide undergraduate students with a firm grounding in the discipline of Theatre and Performance Studies, enabling them to make critical, interpretative and creative judgements in the context of historical development and change.
3. To introduce undergraduate students to a range of modern and contemporary theatre and performance practices within an awareness of international trends and global developments and of key debates within the Humanities.
4. To encourage undergraduate students to build their own critical and creative responses to contemporary performance. This aim is pursued in tutorial and seminar groups, through essay writing and participation in practical activities.
5. To develop subject-specific knowledge, analytic and investigative skills. Historical and conceptually based knowledge, as well as analytic and investigative skills are developed through group discussion and group practice, lectures, seminars and through independent study. Analytic and investigative skills developed during the programme help students to realise how practice can be strengthened through its relation to a strong theoretical base and how theoretical investigation may be strengthened through engagement in practice.
6. To develop written, oral and project-based communication skills. Through the writing of essays and examinations, the presentation of papers, the participation in group discussion and the involvement in practical projects, students develop a range of communication skills which can be applied in professional contexts.
7. To develop self-disciplined learning skills. The undergraduate programme is designed to promote the self-discipline necessary for learning. After an introductory first year, the programme enables students to take responsibility for their study through their choice of options, through the commitment necessary to work creatively with their peers and through independent study.
8. To develop a range of transferable skills. The programme enables students to develop investigative, critical and literary skills, team work and project management skills, and IT skills. Undergraduates learn the importance of conceptual rigour, combined with independent thinking. All students are helped to make informed choices in their approach to individual and group projects. All of these skills complement the subject-specific skills which form the basis of the degree programme.