THM300 Theatre and Cultural Action (8)


Theatre and Cultural Action provides students a survey of the ways in which theatre is used as a form of cultural action. Australian and international exemplars of theatricalised site-specific events and drama-based programs are analysed to understand how they are designed for specific social contexts. Designing workshops  for generating diverse cultural performance outcomes provides a practical focus for theoretical/conceptual research.

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Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THM300
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Arts (Communication - Theatre/Media) (Core), or permission of the subject coordinator. Bachelor of Communication (Theatre/Media)
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to articulate a theorised examination of ways in which theatre is used as a means of effecting different forms of cultural action
  • be able to design theatricalised events for specific contexts, according to a brief concerning specific participant audiences
  • be able to analyse and evaluate the performance of popular and applied theatre movements in Australian and international contexts


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Research perspectives that examine ways in which theatre is used as a means of achieving diverse cultural action outcomes
  • Design principles for sustainable ecologies of performance that address site-specific contexts and theme-specific participant audiences
  • Strategies for analysing the performance efficacy of applied theatre and drama initiatives in both Australian and international contexts


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.