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Theatre, Performance, Context - Greece

THTR 440A | 3 credits

About the program

Coursework: THTR 440A (3 credits)

This is an Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funded program. ARA is a generous funding body made of the Faculty of Arts – Dean’s Office, Anonymous Donors and Go Global that supports research intensive Global Seminars. ARA Funding provides eligible students 70% of funding for the Program Fee, and a budgeted flight. Please read the details in the Eligibility and Program Fees and Costs for greater detail.

The poetic traditions of ancient Greece were deeply rooted in place and cultural events and practices. This course seeks to explore ancient Greek drama beyond the confines of the traditional classroom by associating texts with particular sites in Greece and particular ancient performance traditions and conventions. Students will be encouraged to think about not only how text creates meaning, but also how performance creates meaning, and how physical and cultural spaces exert influence. As an interdisciplinary course, it is expected that students will bring their own disciplinary practices to bear on the course material, but also be open to engaging with the ways in which other disciplines can be used to engage with the same material. It is expected that students will embrace thinking about poetry that sits not quietly on the page, but resounds in the ancient performance space; to think about how cultural products can be both universal and yet rooted in time and place; and to see that the traditions they are learning about, which often seem distant and abstract, have a tangible form where the ghosts of the past can be felt amidst the ruins.

This is a research-intensive course and as such it will place significant demands on students. Students who enroll in this course need not be the academically strongest of students, but they must be committed to completing the required readings, engaging with course material and their classmates’ ideas, and being a present, active, and considerate participant during group discussions.

General timeline

Greece dates:        May 3 - 20, 2018

Sites that we will visit may include:













Cape Sounion


  • 3rd year standing or above in the Faculty of Arts in the following:
  • The course will be of particular interest to students in Theatre (BA & BFA) and Classics, Classical Studies, and Classical and Near Easter Archaeology, English, Art History, and History. However, all students with a strong interest in classical antiquity and performance are encouraged to apply.
  • Acceptance by Professor Hallie Marshall

ARA Eligibility:

  • Be enrolled in UBC Vancouver’s Faculty of Arts;
  • Be in their third, fourth, or final year of study;
  • Be within one of the following qualifying majors as above
  • Be enrolled in at least 24 credits in the academic year before the program
  • Must be registered in 24 credits in the current academic year, or sufficient to graduate
  • Have a minimum GPA of 70% with no fails or incompletes.

This is a highly competitive program that is generously funded through the Faculty of Arts – Dean’s Office, Anonymous Donors and Go Global. The funding provided for this program is limited to only UBC Vancouver students in the identified Arts Majors.

Program fees and costs

The program fee ranges from $3,000 - $3,300. The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program. 

All qualifying students will receive ARA Funding. A separate application is not required. ARA Funding provides eligible students 70% of funding for the Program Fee, and a budgeted flight to Athens of $1,300. Accepted students with demonstrated financial needs are eligible for 100% funding for Program Fee and Budgeted Flight. For greater details, please attend an info session, or e-mail

Program Fee Includes
Program Fee Does Not Include
Accommodations in Greece *Tuition 

In-country travel that is related to the program


Admission to archaeological sites and museums


Breakfast every day

Go Global Fee

*UBC Tuition (not included) Part of your costs

This amount will differ for domestic and international students. This amount will be assigned to you on the Student Service Centre (SSC) according to normal UBC tuition timelines. Read about tuition fees.

This amount is not determined or applied by Go Global.

All students participating in a Global Seminar will have tuition applied to their SSC account.

*Flights (not included) Part of your costs

Travel to Greece is a separate cost.  However, 70 – 100% funding is provided for the flight at a budgeted cost of $1,300. You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.

*Incidentals (not included) Part of your costs

Some examples include: personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the program fee, immunizations, Visas

Global Seminars refund policy

Adjustment on deposits

Students are eligible for an adjustment of their deposit under the following circumstances:

Withdrawal after acceptance in program

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $93.25 (ie: you receive a $656.75 credit)

Withdrawal within 7 days of deposit being posted on your SSC

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $321.75 (ie: you receive a $428.25 credit)

Withdrawal after 7 days of deposit being posted on your SSC

  • The deposit and all remaining program fees are completely non-refundable. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global. 

Any funds allocated to students through the ARA program must be returned in their entirety.

Students who decide to withdraw their application must submit a request in writing by email to the Global Seminar Advisor at


Go Global Vancouver

When emailing us, please include:

  1. Your student number in the subject line
  2. Your full name and if you are an incoming or outgoing exchange student in the body of the email

Go Global Vancouver

Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

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