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Theatre and Performance Studies and Global Sustainable Development (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

Apply your passion for Theatre to answering the Big Questions of our time by studying the subject in conjunction with Global Sustainable Development (GSD).

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Can we end world poverty by 2030? How can we ensure our cities are safe? How can we tackle the effects of climate change on our world? If you’re keen to search for the answers and make a difference to our world, Global Sustainable Development can show you how.

Theatre has the power to question and to challenge ideas and beliefs. It forces people to consider the way that they live their lives and how their actions affect others. It brings into sharp focus our impact upon the world, posing challenging questions. Storytelling is an immensely powerful art form that has the potential to influence human behaviour and transform the world. By studying a BASc in Theatre and Performance Studies and Global Sustainable Development, you will be exploring the radical and revolutionary artistic power of theatre and entertainment, and linking this to the global challenges that face our world today. This degree programme offers you the unique opportunity to further your passion for theatre and performance whilst developing an interdisciplinary skill set from the arts and sciences.

In Global Sustainable Development, you will be undertaking a diverse array of courses, developing research knowledge and investigating practical solutions to the Big Questions of our time. You will explore current challenges of sustainability from many different perspectives, understand their complexity and learn to use a variety of approaches to think creatively about how these problems might be overcome. Alongside this, in your Theatre study you will explore the history and present day trends of theatre and examine how burning questions of diasporas, sexuality, the body, the environment, and violence are expressed in creative artistic form.

Year 1: Six core modules - four in GSD and two in Theatre and Performance Studies. You will also have the opportunity to take Certificate of Digital Literacy.

Year 2: For the GSD half, you will take 60 CATS of GSD modules comprised of one 30 credit optional core (Food Systems, Security and Sovereignty or Bodies, Health and Sustainable Development) plus further module(s) totalling 30 CATS selected from the range of modules available across the University (including from within the Global Sustainable Development Department) which have a global sustainable development focus. You will take 60 credits of options in Theatre and Peroformance Studies. You will also have the opportunity to take the Certificate of Coaching Practice, Certificate of Professional Communication (alongside a work placement) and Certificate of Sustainability Auditing.

If you opt to travel abroad to study at Monash University for part of the year you take one of two optional GSD core modules in the first term whilst at Warwick together with further relevant second year modules from within or outside of the School totalling 15 CATS, as well as 30 credits of optional Theatre modules. Whilst abroad, you are required to study relevant approved modules equating to 60 credits selected from those offered by the partner institution.

Final year: Core GSD module 'Dissertation' (30 credits) plus further relevant modules from within or outside of the School totalling 30 credits. You can choose optional modules worth 60 credits in total from the School of Theatre Studies.

You will attend lectures and take part in seminars, workshops and tutorials and work with your fellow students in teams on controversial, topical problems that pose significant sustainable development questions. You will undertake fieldwork, archival research, interviews with members of the local area and engage in peer discussion to propose alternative solutions. You will review the work of your fellow students.

You will be taught by a range of academics, from different disciplines, who will communicate their expertise on a specific issue and describe their methodology for addressing it. Your role is to bring together these various approaches and to develop your own informed stance on each issue.

Teaching is via workshops. Optional GSD modules are available with between 20 and 50 hours for scheduled contact time depending upon how the module is taught. For example, some modules have lectures, seminars, film screenings and research supervision whereas others have lectures and workshops. Some modules include field trips.

Teaching in Theatre and Performance Studies is delivered via lectures, small group seminars and stu¬dio-based explorations supplemented by theatre visits, field trips, guest lectures and workshops with practitioners.

Contact hours

Core first year GSD modules have 23 hours of contact time each made up of lectures, workshops and, for the 'mini-project' module, group supervision sessions and a field trip. In the second year, optional core GSD modules have around 45 contact hours each for the 30 CATS versions and half this for the shorter 15 CATS versions.

Modules in Theatre Studies which are seminar based normally involve two contact hours per week and modules with a strong practical component are normally four hours per week.

Class size

Seminar groups comprise between 10 and 15 students.

In the first year, two of the GSD core modules have an exam worth 40%. The remaining 60% of these modules and the other core GSD modules are assessed by methods other than formal examination. In the second year GSD optional cores and options do not have traditional examinations. The final year core GSD module is a Dissertation/Long Project and so is assessed via 'coursework'. The overall percentage of the course that is assessed by coursework depends upon the options taken.

The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.

For your Theatre modules you will be assessed through practical projects, creative logbooks, essays, individual and group presentations, and exams.

There is an option to spend part of the second year abroad studying at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. You may be based at either the University’s Melbourne campus or at its campus in Malaysia.

You will spend the first term of your second year studying at Warwick and will travel to Australia in February to join Monash for the start of its second semester (which spans Warwick’s second and third terms). This arrangement is the integrated terms abroad variant of the course.

During your time abroad you will study approved modules/units and will undertake assessments. The credit gained from this study is used to contribute towards your final degree classification awarded by Warwick. You may also choose to spend a year studying or working abroad (e.g. as part of the ERASMUS scheme).

Marks gained from such study do not count towards the overall Warwick degree but recognition of the time spent abroad is recorded on the HEAR.

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A level: AAB - you will also need Grade B/Grade 6 in English and Mathematics at GCSE

IB: 36 to include Mathematics and English

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1

GSD Modules

Economic Principles of GSD

You’ll start your studies with an introduction to the concepts and perspectives related to the measurement of global sustainable development, and the links between economics and policy. You’ll progress to analysing real-world problems, such as the connection between poverty and the environment, to deepen your conceptual understanding of how economic activity relates to development. You’ll be expected to critique alternative economic models and interventions, using theories and explanations based on externalities, game theory, and theories of decision-making under risk and uncertainty. You’ll also learn to use quantitative information to evaluate policy design, this will also improve your skills of oral and written communications and independent learning.

Social Principles of GSD

You’ll engage with the social and political principles of global sustainable development, and use stimulus and simulation techniques to grapple with the ideas through a combination of practical activities, groupwork, seminars and online collaboration. By the end of this module, you will be able to offer well-informed, evidence-based evaluations of key global challenges, and to explain how particular forms of economic development cause social problems. You will be able to provide ideas for strategies that could tackle problems of social inequality in food, education and health, and be able to write competently and proficiently on topics such as goal-based development, in preparation for your second-year.

Environmental Principles of GSD

You’ll investigate a range of perspectives on sustainable development from the standpoint of environmental studies, to equip you with the capacity to engage in critical discussion of the world’s most pressing environmental issues, as outlined by the framework of the nine planetary boundaries. You’ll demonstrate your understanding of the causes and impacts of anthropogenic activities, and appraise discourses of environmental decline and sustainability from a rigorous and interdisciplinary perspective. You’ll also gain important employability skills, such as independent research and persuasive communications, through creating and presenting a briefing paper and policy pitch.

GSD Mini-Project

During this module, you will collaborate with your peers on a task of investigating the issue of sustainable transport. Immersing you in a wealth of qualitative and quantitative data that you will gather, examine, analyse and critique. As well as deepening your understanding of the economic case for sustainable transport, you’ll be strengthening your academic research skills to deconstruct a major problem, formulate and test hypotheses, evaluate the evidence, and undertake field research, including interviews and focus groups.

Theatre and Performance Studies modules

Introduction to Theatre & Performance Studies

This modules aims to equip you with a broad understanding of the key issues and theoretical concepts underpinning the study of theatre and performance. It investigates how theatre and performance studies can throw particular light on issues raised by questions of identity and explores the role played by the places, spaces and environments of theatre and performance. The intersection of politics and culture with the study of theatre and performance is also examined.

From Text to Performance

This module explores the process of taking the text from page to performance. Through a programme of lectures and practical exploration of a number of selected plays/performance texts, the module examine the relationship between performance and society, considering how it reflects, responds to and has the potential to influence its wider political, social, cultural and artistic contexts. You will have the opportunity to experiment practically with realising texts in performance thereby considering aspects such as staging, genre, narrative structure, performance strategies, dramaturgical thinking and directorial conceptualization as well as the role of the audience.

Year 2

GSD modules

Bodies, Health and Sustainable Development

Your starting point on this module is the sustainable development goals for health and well-being, gender equality and reducing inequalities, with an overarching theme of how our bodies relate to various forms of development. You can expect to articulate your knowledge of major global inequalities and apply your understanding across different cultural and social norms. Asking provocative questions and critically engaging with the way the environment is affecting health outcomes, and critiquing the efficacy of policy measures that aim to address health-related global crises. You’ll also improve your research skills by generating original, well-researched arguments for policies that address health and inequalities outcomes.

Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability in the Global Food System

At least 800 million people are chronically undernourished globally, and the global population is projected to increase to a staggering 10 billion by 2050. From this challenging starting point, you’ll be working with active researchers from across various disciplines at the University of Warwick, especially those involved in the Global Research Priority on Food. You will become acquainted with contrasting disciplinary approaches to the investigation of food systems, and be able to analyse scholarly concerns surrounding food security, sovereignty and sustainability. You’ll evaluate competing solutions, and research, evaluate and synthesise academic and other credible research and analysis in order to respond critically to the essential topics and questions in this exciting field.

Theatre and Performance Studies modules

You may choose from a range of Theatre and Performance Studies modules to study those aspects of the subject that interest you most

Year 3

GSD modules

Dissertation/Long Project

Theatre and Performance Studies modules

You may choose from a range of Theatre and Performance Studies modules to study those aspects of the subject that interest you most

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

Theatre and Performance Studies - Theatre in the Community; Writing for Performance; American Theatre; African Theatre; Pantomime; Performing Ethnicity; Mad, Bad and Sad: Madness and Cultural Representation; Tragedy in Performance: Contexts | Discourses | Dramaturgies; Performing Online; Theatre and National Identities; Theatre of the ‘New’ Europe; Food and Performance; Food and Performance; Performing Gender and Sexuality; Historiography; Interpreting the Theatrical Past: Approaches to Theatre.

Global Sustainable Development - Keeping the Phoenix Flying or Clipping its Wings?: Learning through Student Research into the Praxis of ‘Local’ Sustainable Development; Extinction & Survival; Inequality: Wealth, Behaviour and Society; Surviving the Apocalypse.

Our degree programmes have been developed to provide you with a set of skills that will enable you to compete for existing and emerging roles across a variety of professions. Your options are varied across a range of industries, from working in the United Nations to advising small businesses on issues that will affect the local community.

You will also learn valuable transferable skills that will help you with your employment prospects including:

  • Analytical and problem solving: Through your study of economic principles and models, you’ll learn how to extract the essential features of complex systems, providing useable frameworks for evaluation.
  • Critical thinking: Assess arguments, make judgements, formulate reasoned debates and generate feasible solutions.
  • Communication: Develop advanced communication skills that enable you to communicate with a variety of audiences and in different settings.
  • Research: An integrated programme of research skills training, teaching you how to source, evaluate and use different forms of information and data.
  • Organisational: Through a rigorous assessment schedule and a compulsory dissertation module in your final year, you’ll learn the essentials of time management, prioritisation and how to be well organised.
  • Team working: You’ll have plenty of opportunities to work with others and nurture your emotional intelligence, developing a professional attitude.
The nature of our GSD degrees is such that graduates can go into global sustainable development itself, or take their interdisciplinary skills, along with the specialist knowledge gained from subject-specific modules into a wide range of roles, such as:

  • Project work / lobbying for international organisations, NGOs and charities
  • Advisory / consultancy roles in public services, education or the environmental or energy sectors
  • Roles in communications, public relations and the media
  • Sustainable finance


"Warwick taught me how to be resilient."

"Studying at a well-known campus university was important to me. I wanted a university that had a strong reputation, not just in my area of interest but more broadly and I wasn’t disappointed. The lecturers were always enthusiastic and the faculty had a real drive for ensuring we discovered our potential. Through Warwick I gained valuable experiences and skills such as; the discipline of study, coping financially on my own and learning to live with other people. All of these experiences taught me how to be resilient, to listen and understand other points of view and manage myself under pressure."

Lizzy Geremia - Workplace Transformation and Communications Lead

Studied 'Theatre Studies and Dramatic Arts' - Graduated 1997


'I was sold by the quality of Warwick'

I was sold by the quality of the campus at Warwick and the opportunities it provided. My course crossed over a variety of subjects and this helped me discover what I had a passion for. The main skills I learnt revolved around research and presenting, both which I use in my current job role.

With my performance background, I have confidence in presenting to large groups and holding an audience’s attention. In my final year, I devised a performance piece as part of a team and this involved idea generation, planning and execution. In any line of work these skills are essential to getting things done.

Michael Kennedy-Gill - Regional Business Development Manager

'Theatre and Performance Studies' - Graduated 2005

A level AAB - you will also need Grade B/Grade 6 in English and Mathematics at GCSE

IB 36 to include Mathematics and English


Degree of Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc)

3 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and optional study abroad term in Year 2 at a partner institution in Australia.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

Global Sustainable Development
Global Sustainable Development and Business Studies
History and Global Sustainable Development
Hispanic Studies and Global Sustainable Development
Life Sciences and Global Sustainable Development
Philosophy and Global Sustainable Development
Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development
Psychology and Global Sustainable Development
Sociology and Global Sustainable Development
Economics and Global Sustainable Development
Theatre and Performance Studies
English and Theatre Studies
French and Theatre Studies
German and Theatre Studies
Hispanic Studies and Theatre Studies
Italian and Theatre Studies