CARE08066 2017 Research Methods for English and Drama/Applied Theatre Studies

General Details

Full Title
Research Methods for English and Drama/Applied Theatre Studies
Transcript Title
RM - English and Drama/Applied Theatre Studies
N/A %
Subject Area
CARE - Social Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Kate Duke, Kate Brown, Suzanne Collery
Programme Membership
SG_HENGL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology SG_SOSCJOIN_H08 201800 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Joint Major: English and Spanish SG_HENGL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology

Research Methods is normally taken in conjunction with the Research Project module, and, together, these two modules give students the opportunity to spend a whole year researching a topic of particular interest to them in English and/or Drama Studies. The module is taught through a course of online lectures and seminars/workshops which address research resources, textual criticism, digital scholarship, writing and argumentation and evidence in English and Drama/Applied Drama and Theatre scholarship. The student will engage with theoretical and/or primary sources, focussing on preparation for the dissertation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Develop practical training in writing research proposals


Show critical engagement with research writing processes


Articulate key issues in literary and drama/applied theatre research methods and practice


Demonstrate critical and creative analytical thinking, knowledge of research methodolgoies and intrepretive skills

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered online and the use of technology will be key to its success. 'Live' lectures will be provided, in tandem with discussion forums, small group work, blogs, readings and other active learning strategies. The students will utilise the technology to demonstrate literary/applied work to lecturers and to the class.

Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment of this module is in two part-

  • Part One- The completion of an annotated bibliography in the students particular discipline
  • Part Two- The completion of a research proposal to the required praxis standards.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will depend on failed component(s)

Indicative Syllabus

Articulate key issues in literary and drama/applied theatre research methods and practices

The student will develop their understanding of the issues and procedures of literary/applied research, including engaging critically with primary and secondary material in preparation for the work of their research project

Demonstrate critical and creative analytical and interpretive thinking/skills

The student will analyse and evaluate specific examples of research writings and practice in English/Applied research, including presenting on and participating in literature 'reviews' and close readings of self-selected critical texts

Demonstrate critical engagement with research writing processes

The student will evidence clear understanding of the use of electronic resources, the purpose and development of a bibliography, practical, ethical, and theoretical issues associated with data collection, and the role of a literature review in locating one’s own research within a particular field of inquiry

Develop practical training in writing research proposals

The student will learn the practice and structures entailed in constructing and writing research proposals, and be able to identify their own requirements in terms of the pursuit of their research project in the field of English/Drama and Applied Theatre Studies.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Research Proposal Project Individual Project 60 % Week 13 1,2,3,4
2 Annotated Bibliography Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % Week 6 1,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Blended delivery 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2004 The John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism John Hopkins University Press

Recommended Reading
2013 Practice as Research in the Arts Palgrave

Recommended Reading
2008 Literary Theory: An Introduction University of Minnesota Press

Recommended Reading
1995 Understanding Theatre: Performance Analysis in Theory and Practice Almqvist :-:- Wiksell Internat

Recommended Reading
2003 The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance Oxford University Press

Recommended Reading
1991 The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory, Third Edition Penguin

Module Resources

URL Resources

The student will have access to a selection of websites and databases to enrich learning to widen breadth and depth of knowledge