Learning Politics Through Theatre: What the Performance Workshop Can Offer Political Science Pedagogy

8 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2013

Date Written: January 25, 2013

Abstract

This paper describes teaching a course called “Politics and Theatre.” This interdisciplinary seminar combined discussion of the history and politics of twentieth-century Europe with an examination of the subjective experiences and works of four renowned political playwrights: Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brecht, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Peter Weiss. One of the main elements of the course was a performance workshop in which students served as actors and spectators in an ongoing performance of Brecht’s The Measures Taken. The workshop allowed students to learn not only what politics looks like, but also what it feels like to act politically.

Keywords: pedagogy, theatre, Brecht, drama, learning, course

Suggested Citation

Morgan, Margot, Learning Politics Through Theatre: What the Performance Workshop Can Offer Political Science Pedagogy (January 25, 2013). 2013 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2207082 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2207082

Margot Morgan (Contact Author)

Perspectives on Politics ( email )

1100 E 7th St, Woodburn Hall 210
Dept. of Political Science, Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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