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BA in Drama & Theatre Studies/International Politics (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , International Politics

Course Description

Drama & Theatre Studies / International Politics at Aberystwyth University allows you to explore the historic and established forms that has shaped drama, theatre and performance of present and future, alongside a discipline that will assist you in developing a comprehensive understanding of global politics. This course will allow you to encounter a wide range of critical and creative forms and practices whilst at the same time the opportunity to develop your capacity as an independent theatre-maker, thinker and scholar.

  • The department of International Politics is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation. (QS, 2017).
  • The department of Theatre, Film and Television is vibrant and creative space where drama, theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide.
  • You will be taught in the world’s first department of international politics, founded in 1919 after the end of World War I to help the world understand the world.
  • You will be taught and mentored by lecturers who are enthusiastic, committed in providing you with an outstanding and dynamic learning environment.
  • All students in the department of International Politics have the opportunity to participate in our renowned ‘Crisis Games’; a three day role playing exercise in political, economic and diplomatic manoeuvre, developing negotiation and communication, critical thinking, team work, and problem-solving skills. 
  • The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement Scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues.
  • The Department of Theatre, Film & Television studies has superb facilities and resources for practical work: three rehearsal studios, each with flexible technical facilities; 2 large professionally-equipped studios with digital lighting rigs controlled via ETC Congo and Strand Lighting consoles, Yamaha and Soundcraft PAs, Sanyo AV systems and Strand lighting and two NXAMP; and costume and wardrobe facilities.
  • Students also benefit from our close links with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest arts centres in Wales, which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work.
  • The Department also has an International Student Exchange Programme based on close links with carefully selected universities in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, offering you an excellent opportunity to expand your academic and social horizons by spending a part of your university experience abroad.
  • The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team.Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.
  • Last, but not least, both departments offer a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Check out our module tab for further information.

Drama & Theatre Studies / International Politics at Aberystwyth University allows you to explore the historic and established forms that has shaped drama, theatre and performance of present and future, alongside a discipline that will assist you in developing a comprehensive understanding of global politics. This course will allow you to encounter a wide range of critical and creative...

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Course Content

In your first year you will discover:

  • Introductory modules in making, thinking and studying;
  • Political theory & key political ideas;
  • The different methodologies to analyse topical issues in international and domestic politics;
  • Key issues facing the social world;
  • Contemporary approaches to studio-based and site-based theatre-making;
  • The development and progress of international relations during the twentieth century;
  • Key historical moments, practices and methods in drama and theatre;
  • The analysis of drama, theatre and performance.

In your second year, you will explore:

  • Contemporary theatre-making through practical, historical and theoretical approaches;
  • Full-scale production work;
  • Acting, directing and dramaturgy, devising, and designing;
  • The development of modern European Theatre;
  • Globalisation;
  • Democracy and democracy promotion; 
  • Global inequality and the developing world;
  • Intelligence and security;
  • Shakespeare in contemporary performance;
  • Theatre and contemporary society;
  • New Media and performance writing.

In your final year, you will have the opportunity:

  • To create independent creative work;
  • To undertake a major research project and engage in advanced theoretical study;
  • To extend your skills in ensemble and solo production projects;
  • The BRICS and the global economy;
  • Latin American Politics; 
  • The EU & NATO;
  • Politics in Russia, Europe and the USA;
  • British & Comparative Politics;
  • To develop your entrepreneurial skills in producing and curating cultural events;
  • To write your own play script;
  • To study specialist modules that may address: space, place and landscape, performance and philosophy, performance, politics and protest, theatre, gender and sexuality, performance and architecture, new music theatre, and contemporary British and Irish drama.

 

In your first year you will discover: Introductory modules in making, thinking and studying; Political theory & key political ideas; The different methodologies to analyse topical issues in international and domestic politics; Key issues facing the social world; Contemporary approaches to studio-based and...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120 A Levels BBB-CCC GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-MMM International Baccalaureate: 30-26 European Baccalaureate: 75%-65%...

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Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through formal and performed essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, seminar presentations and group activities.

You will be assessed through formal and performed essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, seminar presentations and group activities.