Fall 2021 - CA 257W D100

Context of Theatre I (3)

Class Number: 7337

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    HCC 2510, Vancouver



The detailed structural analysis of dramatic texts and/or performances, their historical context, their development and production histories. May be of interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 257W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


Course Description: PERFORMANCE AND THE CITY. This course considers the city (of Vancouver) as foundational to the creative processes and research methods of the artist. It is at once the star performer, the sound and lighting designer, and the scene within which everything happens. It is a force of systems and relationships to be simultaneously untangled and complicated while acknowledging that it is not a singular entity. Everyone encounters a different city that is based on one’s unique history, experiences, and knowledge. Leaning on notions of space and place, students will explore and develop academic and practice based research methods, formulating their own questions which engage the spaces that they know well. Together we will learn via the interventions, actions, and performances of artists who collaborate with the urban environment in order to actualize their works. Weekly readings plus independent research will inform our own written explorations of familiar spaces within the city.


  • Participation 20%
  • Project Statement 20%
  • Performance Project 20%
  • Presentation of research 20%
  • Writing about a classmate's work 20%

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.