Core Module Information
Module title: Modern drama

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP08103
Module leader: Andrew Frayn
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

In this module you will study the development of drama in English from the late nineteenth century to the present, and understand its changing history. The module engages with issues, forms and practices of the modern stage, both in relation to its immediate historical context, and in terms of ongoing social, cultural and historical change. The focus of this module is on literary and historical interpretations of drama, and the key interpretative strands will be: 1) forms of dramatic realism; 2) postcolonial studies; 3) gender studies. You will examine a range of theatrical forms and genres including Naturalism, Symbolism, Realism, and Postmodernism, and learn about the global context for drama in English. For Acting & English students (for whom the module is compulsory) this will enhance your dramaturgical skills; for English and English & Film students (for whom the module is optional), it will enable you to broaden your understanding of cultural representation and practice in the period.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1 critically discuss a wide range of plays published since the late nineteenth century.
LO2: illustrate an understanding of the diversity in modern drama’s techniques and practices.
LO3: explore the relationship of modern drama with contemporary cultural issues and the arts.
LO4: develop an insight into dramaturgy and the history of the stage.
LO5: locate and discuss relevant secondary literature.
LO6: illustrate an ability to work both independently and part of a group

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Andrew Frayn
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will involve weekly lectures (LOs 2,3), small tutorial group meetings and regular seminars (LOs 1,4,5,6). The lectures will introduce the texts and describe the framework for you to develop interactive activities. Your different learning styles will be taken into account by providing a range of learning formats. Activities will start with listening, individual oral contributions, group work and presentations and progress to independent research, reading and writing assignments (LO 6), reflecting the ability for independent thought and analysis.

Formative Assessment:
In terms of formative assessment for this module, class time will be devoted to planning the first assignment, which is a group presentation. Students will draw up a preliminary plan and work out the appropriate division of material and labour. This will help them structure effectively the presentation, which should discuss how one of the plays on the module engages with the debates of one of the three main strands, particularly taking into account the significance of doing this in dramatic form / on the stage (LOs 3,4,5,6). Working as a group enables students to receive peer feedback on their individual methods, and the module leader will offer oral feedback in the room.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment is grouped into two components. Component one is an assessed group presentation, focusing on one play in the context of one of the three main module strands; this is assessed collectively (LOs 2,3,4,5,6). In the essay, which is an individual assignment, you will demonstrate your breadth of knowledge by discussing two plays comparatively, using appropriate literary-critical and/or theoretical frameworks (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Face To Face Seminar 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 40 3-6 8 HOURS= 00.10, WORDS= 1500
Essay 60 1-6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP08103 Modern Drama