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COM528 Seminar in Cultural Performance (16)


This subject examines the planning and conduct of research in cultural performance. It provides students with the resources to carry out a detailed research design and comprehensive literature review as a background to later dissertation research. The subject provides a critique of draft dissertations within a seminar situation. Following review and consultation the final dissertation proposal is submitted.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Master of Arts (Communication - Cultural Performance) To be completed before dissertation is undertaken.
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to:
- understand major research methodologies within cultural performance
- assess research practices employed in cultural performance projects
- utilise research techniques and apply them to a detailed research plan
- critically evaluate literature review strategies
- carry out a comprehensive literature review and dissertation proposal


The subject will cover the following topics:
Preparation of a comprehensive dissertation proposal which details: - the dissertation topic, and statement about the feasibility of completing the research - the questions or hypothesis - a statement about the theoretical framework underlying the research - an annotated bibliography and literature review of the principal published research which is relevant to the topic of the dissertation - the research design, including the method or methods to be employed, and a comprehensive timetable for completion of the dissertation - a statement about the analytical procedures to be employed - a draft table of contents

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 2 day residential school. Lectures and demonstration of dissertation research models. Seminars and oral presentation of dissertation proposals by students.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.