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Dramaturgy 2 – Analysis and Reflection

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Course code
Included in study programme
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 include 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 2 focuses on analytical approaches to scripts, space, music, visuality and movement, as well as on how these elements work together in theatrical contexts. By actively assuming the role of dramaturges of their own and others’ work, students practise their ability both to convert and use theoretical knowledge and to convert artistic experiences into written and oral reflection. By analysing performances, texts, exhibitions and/or concerts, students develop their competence as critics, including of their own work. This also includes reflecting on how an artistic work is influenced by its various organisational, political and economic preconditions.

Dramaturgy 1–3 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 during semester 4.

The course’s learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, students shall

  • have a well-developed dramaturgical vocabulary
  • be able to use various dramaturgical perspectives, strategies and models in individual and collective artistic processes
  • be able to analyse theatrical art as a complex compositional nexus between various artists and artistic devices
  • be able to use various theories and models to plan and carry out productions
  • be able to discuss theatrical art’s relationship to society, ethics and politics on the basis of their own specialisation
  • be able to emphasise, think through and plan the dramaturgical aspects of their Master’s project, also in the light of the organisational, economic and ethical aspects

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 active participation in artistic processes as the basis both for written and oral reflection and for conceptualising, analysing and presenting the Master’s project.

The course requirements are

  • mandatory attendance at specified teaching activities
  • active participation in the course
  • completion of course assignments throughout the course


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 ongoing 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.