Faculty of Education and Social Work


Take a look at the taught courses you can study in Applied Theatre at the University of Auckland.

EDUC 737: Special Topic: Arts in Communities: Politics of Participation

Semester 2, 2018

This course will enable you to develop your understanding and practice, as someone interested in the potential of the arts to achieve both artistic and social aims. Through reflective practice and critical analysis you will examine a range of creative processes, which may include projects within justice, development, health and youth settings, or in specific sites such as museums. These practices will be analysed in relation to key political and aesthetic debates, with a particular focusing on forms of participation.

EDUC 756 Special Topic: Applied Theatre: Performance of Hope

Semester 2, 2019

In this course you will experience and critically examine theatre practices that address significant social issues. This will involve engaging practically with approaches to applying theatre in a range of settings, such as prisons, trauma zones, and development contexts, and in response to particular environmental or social concerns. You will examine case studies of practice from Aotearoa and internationally, which illustrate some of the important ethical, political, educational and artistic possibilities and problems inherent in this field. This course is aimed at theatre makers, artists, educators, social workers, youth workers and other professionals who are interested in new ways to explore issues with groups and communities.

This course can be taken as part of a Postgraduate Certificate in the area of Education and Social Change, see further details here: