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THEA456 Trauma and Violence in Performance

The issues and practices involved in representing trauma and violence in theatre and performance.

Paper title Trauma and Violence in Performance
Paper code THEA456
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,409.28
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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72 300-level THEA points
Limited to
BA(Hons), PGDipArts
May not be credited together with THEA454 passed in 2011 or 2014.

Teaching staff

Dr Suzanne Little
Professor Stuart Young
Associate Professor Hilary Halba


THEA 456 course reader can be purchased from the University print shop at the beginning of the semester.

Course outline

Please contact the School of Performing Arts office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Global and Interdisciplinary perspective.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Gain a developed understanding of a variety of historical and contemporary forms that represent trauma and violence in performance
  • Gain an understanding of the underlying representational issues and ethical complexity involved in performance that includes violence and trauma
  • Gain an understanding of key theories and approaches pertinent to this field of performance
  • Develop individual research interests in the area
  • Begin to develop and implement an individual philosophical and practical approach to traumatic and violent representation in performance
  • Further develop research and academic writing skills

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 10-14, 16-17, 19-22
Wednesday 14:00-15:50 9-14, 16-17, 19-22