THM300 Theatre and Cultural Action (8)

This subject surveys 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.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THM300. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students in courses Bachelor of Theatre Media and Bachelor of Communication (Theatre/Media)

Assumed Knowledge

Students are recommended to have prior knowledge equivalent to or gained from THM108; or THM109 & THM110

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 and audiences according to a brief; and
  • 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THM300 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Site-specific group project & digital case study
Mentoring project: contemporary mumming
Seminar presentation and facilitation of workshop

Special Resources

This subject requires access to the authentic learning spaces available through the School of Communication and Creative Industries at Bathurst campus. These include the Ponton Theatre and the production building 1454.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.