Course code MākZ3015
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 8 24 48
E-courses MākZ3015: The theatre criticism II
Course annotation This theoretical course puts a profound emphasis on developing skills for academic theatre science and popular theatre criticism. The course is designed to:
1) establish theoretical knowledge on theatre science and theatre criticism as professions;
2) develop students’ skills (discussing analytically the theatre, both orally and in a written form). Assignments such as writing a theatre review, a portrait etc. are assigned and analyzed on completion. The course also establishes an understanding on how to discuss and analyze theatre performances, theatre literature, plays, introducing students to different methods of analysis;
3) develop understanding of different aspects of theatre by arranging meetings with theatre professionals – directors, actors, stage designers, theatre critics etc.;
4) examine the latest theatre processes (festivals, new performances, guest performances, theatre literature etc.), therefore no specific performances or books of particular interest are mentioned in the course description. While the methodology and theory utilized in the course remain unchallenged, the performances etc. are analysed according to the development (the newest trends etc.) in theatre.
Results The course establishes theoretical knowledge and develops skills in theatre science and theatre criticism, thus creating a basis for a potential career in theatre criticism. The course also develops skills suitable for interdisciplinary research in Humanities.
Course plan 1. Theatre terminology. Relations between theatre and theatre critic: psychological and professional aspects. L2 S4
2. Cooperation forms between the theatre critic and daily press, theatre magazine, specialised arts weekly, TV editor, radio editor. L2 S8
3. Information about theatre. Different forms of a review. Style and stylisation. Different and common features in portrets of actors, directors. L4 S12
Requirements for obtaining credit points 1) Attendance of at least 80% of the performances staged in Riga, as well as guest performances in the capital city (University guarantees free admittance) – 10%
2) Students must participate in all seminars – 30%
3) Writing at least five articles of different kind for presenting to the students’audience (review, portrait etc.) – 30%
4) An exam in a written form – analysis of the latest theatre season. Students are allowed to use whatever materials they find necessary – programmes, plays, published reviews, interviews etc. - 30%

Study programmes Baltic Philology