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.

Mandatory activities:

  • Approved attendance and participation of at least 80% of instruction

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

  • Approved attendance and participation of at least 80% of instruction
  • Approved attendance and participation of at least 80% of instruction
  • Group work with submission of powerpoint slides in blackboard and oral presentation
  • Oral poster presentation of the project, with feedback in plenary
  • Project description of an individual theater history research problem
  • Supervision-meeting on individual project

Further on evaluation

The portfolio assessment in the subject Themes in theater history is based on the following submissions:

  • PowerPoint slides from group work
  • Project description of an individual theater history research problem with an annotated bibliography with historical sources and self-selected literature
  • Poster - which presents the individual project visually and in writing
  • Written submission with further development of self-selected theater history project 3500-4000 words. The submission must contain the attachments described above - PowerPoint slides from group work, submitted project description with an annotated bibliography, as well as a poster. Uploaded to Inspera.

There is a 3-day home exam as the form of assessment for a re-sit exam.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge


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 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Art and Media Studies


Examination arrangement: Portfolio

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