DRA1001 - Theatre History. Approaches and Genres


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 1/3
Home examination 2/3 8 hours A

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 illustrated from historical, aesthetic and social perspectives, through theoretical and practical instruction. The study of literary and dramatic texts is central to the course.

The course consists of three fields:
1) Theatre history with an emphasis on European/Western theatre and its forms and functions.
2) Norwegian theatre from the Renaissance till today, with an emphasis on the development of the Norwegian institutional theatres.
3) Theatre in the worldwide society, with a selection of different historical and current theatre traditions from Africa and Asia.

Learning outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
- Knowledge about forms of drama and theatre in western and non-western contexts.
- Knowledge about the historical development and function of theatre.
- Knowledge about typical acting styles and ways of communicating in different epochs.
- Knowledge of basic academic terminology.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will know how to:
- Present a overview of the diversity of the field of drama and theatre.
- Use academic terminology to describe and analyse phenomena in the field of theatre.

Learning methods and activities

The instruction in this course consists of lectures, seminars, group instruction and practice sessions. Teaching is usually conducted in Norwegian, but may take place in English.

Students are required to check the result of their assignments on Blackboard.

Students are required to keep updated on messages from the department or the lecturer at Blackboard.

Compulsory assignments

  • 80% attendance in instructions

Further on evaluation

The final assessment consists of two parts; one written assignment and one 6-hour school-exam in written form. The assignment consists of a text on field nr. 3 (see “course content”): Theatre in the worldwide society, which must contain ca. 2500 words. More information about the text will be given by the course instructor. The school-exam is a 6-hour test in field nr. 1 and 2 (see “course content”). In the final evaluation the assignment will count 1/3 of the grade and the school-exam will count 2/3. Both parts must be passed. The course will be given one final, combined grade.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HFDT101 15.0
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English, 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: Assignment and Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 1/3

Release 2020-10-12

Submission 2020-10-16

Release 10:00

Submission 10:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Assignment 1/3 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination 2/3 A

Release 2020-12-09

Submission 2020-12-09

Release 09:00

Submission 17:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home examination 2/3 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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