Taught course

Performance and Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Goldsmiths, University of London · Theatre and Performance

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Entry requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

This pioneering MA offers interdisciplinary perspectives on international performance, and aims to understand performance in relation to the culture to which it contributes. The MA takes in diverse forms of theatre, including multicultural and street theatre, and such practices as performance art, dance, ritual, site-specific performance and a wide range of hybrid forms. It leads you to explore performance as sociocultural process by using analytical principles from sociology, the sociology of culture, cultural theory, anthropology, history, philosophy, politics and theatre and performance.

We have numerous links, locally and internationally, with a wide variety of theatres, companies and performers, all of which enhance your research possibilities.

What you study

There are three compulsory core modules which focus on a range of issues concerning performance as a sociocultural practice. They involve:

  • conceptual and theoretical material, their interweave and their relationship to performance
  • historiographical methodologies and textual issues
  • analysis of live performances
  • cultural difference, ethnicity and cross-culturalism
  • questions to do with corporeality, alternative spaces and performance in terms of social inclusivity

A choice of options or independent study constitutes the fourth component, and a dissertation on your individual research completes your programme of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
Home/EU - full-time: £8040 Home/EU - part-time: £4020
International students
International - full-time: £17070

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (20000 words)

Course contact details

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