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DTS3650

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Peter Murphy

Synopsis

This unit introduces students to the role of political rhetoric and communication in great social dramas played out in key historical moments such as war and civil war. It looks at major examples of political rhetoric and official writing inspired by such dramas, the use of theatrical ideas and gestures in politics, and the structural parallels between staged drama and social drama. Examples discussed will include the political rhetoric of Lincoln and the American Civil War, and Winston Churchill and the Second World War. The plays of Shakespeare will be used to analyse the relationship of rhetorical traditions, staged drama and social drama.

Objectives

On successful completion of this unit, students will

  1. Understand principles of political rhetoric
  2. Be familiar with great examples of such rhetoric
  3. Understand how political speech-making and official writing influences grave political events including world war, civil war and the overthrow of tyranny
  4. Understand how history plays especially the Shakespearean tradition and the study of dramaturgy prepares social actors to engage in great social dramas
  5. Understand how history plays especially the Shakespearean tradition and the study of dramaturgy utilizes, influences and shapes great political rhetoric.

Assessment

Exam (2 hours, 1500 words): 40%
Research essay (2500 words): 45%
Tutorial participation: 15%

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hout tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Drama and theatre studies

Prerequisites

Minor in Communications and Media Studies, Drama and Theatre Studies or other approved discipline