Being There: Theories of Performance (PRFM2601)


What is performance, and how can we understand what it is that performance does? This unit of study will introduce students to the study of performance, and the particular problems associated with approaching a phenomenon that is often ephemeral, experiential in nature, and frequently shrouded in mystery. Students will learn key theoretical and methodological approaches to the study and practice of a range of performance genres, including, but not limited to theatre and other artistic practices.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x500wd summary of key theoretical text (10%), 8x250wd learning reflections (40%), 1x2000wd Essay (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


18 Junior credit points from subject areas listed in Table A



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.