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Dramturgy 1 - Theory and method

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Master's in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research

Brief course description

The Dramaturgy 1–3 courses provide insight into dramaturgical theory, method and history, as well as an understanding of theatrical art as a composition that is based on various artistic parameters. Central elements in these courses are analyses of text, space, music, visuality and movement, as well as a focus on an experience-based application of dramaturgical competence. The courses also emphasise dramaturgy as an ability to understand and analyse an artistic work’s organisational, cultural, political and economic contexts.

Dramaturgy 1 focuses on strategies and discussions in international contemporary theatre and discusses them in relation to their aesthetical and art-historical preconditions. The students are made aware of their own dramaturgical knowledge and skills, and on the basis of their individual specialisation they develop and expand a conceptual vocabulary and a dramaturgical understanding of their own and others’ artistic work.

The Dramaturgy 1–3 courses are half-year courses that are assessed and completed after each semester. They are based on one another and entail a progression. They lead up to the Master’s project, which is executed in semester 4

The course’s learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, students shall

  • have gained insight into central dramaturgical concepts, theories and traditions and be up to date on key aesthetical discourses in international contemporary theatre
  • be cognisant of the dramaturgical preconditions of their own and others’ artistic work, and be able to assess these preconditions in relation to central theoretical positions and traditions
  • be able to use a conceptual vocabulary when planning, organising and writing their own Master’s project

Teaching and learning methods

The work methods may include educator-led teaching, supervision and independent work and consist of practical exercises, creative assignments, lectures, independent study, project work and written assignments. The course emphasises seminars, close readings, discussions and analyses of specific artistic works.

Coursework requirements:

  • active participation and mandatory attendance at the scheduled times for teaching, supervision, group work, excursions, discussion forums and courses
  • submission and presentation of mandatory course assignments within the stated deadlines


The coursework requirements must be approved in order for a student to receive a final course assessment.

The student’s coursework will be assessed on an ongoing basis. The assessment is based on supervision, teacher assessments, group discussions and the student’s independent reflection on their own academic development as seen in relation to the course’s learning outcomes.

The course coordinator will carry out the ongoing assessment and the final assessment. The course uses a grading scale of A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a failing grade.