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.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

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

Bachelor of Communication (Theatre/Media)

Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Subjects


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


This 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


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.