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Assessment Criteria/Titles

Assessment Criteria:

Essay #1 / 3000 Words in Length

Choose one of the following topics, and discuss critically with close reference to appropriate texts. Remember to reference clearly and accurately, include a full bibliography and complete an e-submission and hand in one copy of your essay to Kate Brennan by 4 p.m. on the due date.

Your essay will be assessed according to effectiveness of its argumentation. Important in this regard are the clarity and quality of the paper's thesis, the suitability of its examples and the effectiveness of its analysis in coordinating those examples to support of the paper's thesis. Clean, lucid prose, and originality of ideas are essential. Clear structure, thoughtful organization and careful logic are also key points for assessment. So too are the accurate citation and thorough documentation of sources.

Essay Titles:

1) Using multiple examples from the material we have covered in this module, make a case that defends or questions the wisdom of E. M. Forster’s famous statement that “If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.”

2) Discussing the multiple levels of performance that are involved in the “theatre of espionage,” develop an argument that establishes the moral / ethical basis for what we might call necessary or justifiable deception.

3) Using multiple examples from the material we have covered in this module, explain how espionage is situated at one of the fundamental contradictions of western democracies: their embrace of transparency, on the one hand; and their need, on the other, for secrecy.

4) Using multiple examples from the material we have covered in this module, explain how the theatre of espionage challenges conventional understandings of what constitutes loyalty, allegiance and patriotism.

5) Using the material that we have covered in this module, define the “art of intelligence,” and then explain how one might situate it in relation to other notions of art.

6) Explain the function of “truth” in the theatres of intelligence.


Essay #2 / 3000 Words in Length


Choose one of the following topics, and discuss critically with close reference to appropriate texts. Remember to reference clearly and accurately, include a full bibliography and complete an e-submission and hand in one copy of your essay to Kate Brennan by 4 p.m. on the due date.

Your essay will be assessed according to effectiveness of its argumentation. Important in this regard are the clarity and quality of the paper's thesis, the suitability of its examples and the effectiveness of its analysis in coordinating those examples to support of the paper's thesis. Clean, lucid prose, and originality of ideas are essential. Clear structure, thoughtful organization and careful logic are also key points for assessment. So too are the accurate citation and thorough documentation of sources.

Essay Titles:

1) Drawing upon the material that we have covered during the spring term of our module, formulate an argument that seeks to persuade specialists in the field of Surveillance Studies that Performance Studies has indispensible contributions to make to our critical understanding of surveillance as a socio-political and/or cultural phenomenon.

2) Using examples from the material that we have covered during the spring term, explain how performance and/or theatre can or cannot serve as a viable form for actual anti-surveillance activism.

3) Framing your arguments within the larger concerns of performance studies, identify the key concerns that we ought to have with regard to the commodification or privatization of surveillance and surveillance technologies.

4) How does the emergence of an increasingly total surveillance society change our understanding of spectatorship and performance?

5) How does surveillance alter not only how subjectivity is constructed but also how it performs?