DRA1001 - Themes in Theatre History


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio 100/100

Course content

This course gives a practical-theoretical introduction to the history and development of theatre in a global perspective. Different theatre forms and traditions are approached from historical, aesthetic and social perspectives, through theoretical and practical teaching methods and archival research on historical sources.

The course looks for example at theatre history with an emphasis on European/Western theatre, its forms and functions; and further on Norwegian theatre history from the Renaissance until today, with an emphasis on the development of Norwegian theatre institutions. The course also looks at a selection of historical and contemporary non-Western theatre traditions.

Learning outcome


Upon successful completion of this course, students will have knowledge:

  • about forms of drama and theatre in western and non-western contexts.
  • about the historical development and function of theatre.
  • about typical theatrical genres and ways of communicating in different epochs.
  • of basic academic terminology and historiographical research methods.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will know how to:

  • Present an overview of the diversity of the field of drama and theatre.
  • Use academic terminology to describe and analyse phenomena in the field of theatre.
  • Find, apply and critically assess different sources of historical information.

Learning methods and activities

The instruction in this course consists of lectures, seminars, group work, oral presentations and practice sessions/workshops.

Teaching is usually conducted in Norwegian, but may take place in English. Students are required to keep updated on messages from the department or the lecturer at Blackboard.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment

Further on evaluation

Mappeeksamen i emnet Tema i teaterhistorien består av følgende innleveringer:

  • Gruppearbeid med innlevering av powerpoint-slides i blackboard og muntlig presentasjon med tilbakemelding i plenum.
  • Prosjektbeskrivelse av individuell teaterhistorisk problemstilling med annotert litteraturliste med historiske kilder og selvvalgt litteratur, leveres på blackboard. Individuell skriftlig tilbakemelding.
  • Muntlig plakat-presentasjon av prosjektet, med tilbakemelding i plenum
  • Skriftlig innlevering med videreutvikling av selvvalgt teaterhistorisk prosjekt 3500-4000 ord. Innleveringen skal også inneholde vedleggene prosjektbeskrivelse med annotert litteraturliste og plakat. Leveres på Inspera.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Drama and Theatre (BDRAMA)
Drama and Theatre (ÅDRAMA)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the Bachelor's programme or the One-year programme in Drama and Theatre, or another programme in agreement with the department.

Course materials

Approx. 1200 pages of set texts, included plays and individually chosen literature

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HFDT101 15.0

Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Art and Media Studies


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates

Examination arrangement: Portfolio

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Portfolio 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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