- COURSE DESCRIPTION
- STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES/LEARNING OBJECTIVES
- COURSE SUBJECTS
- COURSE REQUIREMENTS
- GRADING SYSTEM
- COURSE POLICIES
- COURSE OUTLINE AND CALENDAR
Introduction to Theatre
05/29/2012 - 07/31/2012
TTh 6:00PM - 8:35PM
No office hours have been entered for this term.
DRAM 1310 Introduction to theater (3-3-0)
A general survey of theater including exploration of dramatic literature, theory and criticism; production arts, skills and crafts; and theater history from 500 BC to the present. Course requires good reading and writing skills. Attendance at plays required.
Course Prerequisites : None
Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives
1. To acquire knowledge of dramatic literature, theory, and criticism.
2. To recognize techniques used for the production of plays and theatrical events.
3. To understand the history and development of the theatre.
4. To understand and recognize the theatre as an art form.
NOTE: This is a survey course. The course content is encyclopedic in nature, and the material is covered at a rapid pace. The course includes units on all of the above elements of the theatre–dramatic literature and criticism, the various aspects of producing plays for public performance, and an overview of theatre history from the ancient Greeks to present-day America and Europe.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of the course, students will be:
· Able to demonstrate knowledge of dramatic literature, theory and criticism.
· Able to demonstrate more understanding of the history and development of drama
· Be able to differentiate plays according to origin of countries and era of history.
· Able to analyze techniques used for the productions of plays and theatrical events.
GENERAL EDUCATION LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of the general education component of an associate’s degree, students will demonstrate competence in:
Analyzing and critiquing competing perspectives in a democratic society.
Gathering, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating and applying information.
Comparing, contrasting, and interpreting differences and commonalities among peoples, ideas, aesthetic traditions, and cultural practices.
Identifying and applying ethical principles and practices.
Interacting collaboratively to achieve common goals.
Life / Personal Skills
Demonstrating effective learning, creative thinking, and personal responsibility.
Quantitative & Empirical Reasoning
Applying mathematical, logical and scientific principles and methods.
Using appropriate technology to retrieve, manage, analyze, and present information.
Written, Oral & Visual Communication
Communicating effectively, adapting to purpose, structure, audience, and medium.
Textbook: The Essential Theatre, by Oscar Brockett, 10th edition
Tickets to see play; blue books for tests
UNITS OF STUDY
1. Dramatic Literature, Theory, and Criticism Chapters 1,2,3
b. contemporary American Theatre
c. theory and criticism
2. Production of Arts Chapters 11,12,13,14,15,16,17
a. producing and directing
c. scenic design
d. lighting and sound
e. costume and makeup
3. History of the Theatre Chapters 4,5,6,7,8,9,10
a. Greek and Roman Theatre
b. Medieval and Renaissance Theatre
c. the 17th and 18th centuries
d. the 19th and 20th centuries
- There are three written examinations covering the assigned textbook readings, class notes, and handouts.
- The exams are essay style primarily, with some objective questions included.
- Each student will see one play and write a review of 750-1,000 words on the performance. The required play will be announced by the instructor.
- Each student will complete a term project on a subject of the student's choice relating to theatre history, the various production elements, or an important playwright, designer, or stage actor. The project consists of two parts: a 5-10 minute oral report present to the class and a written report, submitted to the instructor, describing the project of 750-1,000 words. A bibliography of at least four sources is required. Notes or an outline may be used for the oral presentation.
Lectures, class discussions, attendance to theater productions,class film presentations, reading notes by students, play reviews by students, completion of examinations that cover the assigned readings, class notes and handouts.
Students will use the library for outside research and preparation for certain assignments.
The course grade will be determined as follows:
Class participation and good behavior 15%
Three Examinations 40%
* One play review 10%
** Term project 10%
*** Term paper 10%
*Reviews: Attend one play and write a review of 750 – 1,000 words.
A list of current productions will be provided.
**Term project: Discuss with the Instructor.
***Term paper: Discuss with the Instructor.
# Alternate credit: discuss with the Instructor.
The scale for exams is as follows:
90 – 100 A
80 – 89 B
70 – 79 C
60 – 69 D
Below 60 F
Note: Exams must be taken and papers must be submitted on the assigned date.
Exams are administered in the classroom, not in the Testing Center, only on the above dates. There are no makeup exams and late papers are not accepted.
- Participate in classroom activities, assignments, and discussions.
- Read the textbook as assigned. It is necessary to spend six-eight hours weekly, outside of class time, reading and studying in order to keep up with course assignments.
- Complete examinations that cover the assigned readings, class notes, and handouts.
- Read, see, and review a play.
- Use the library for outside research and preparation for certain assignments.
- Students who wish to withdraw themselves from the course must do so in writing at the Admissions and Records Office, Room 1136. Students who stop attending class and do not officially withdraw will receive a grade F for the course
Students are expected to attend all class meetings. Two excused absences will be accepted. If more than two excused absences occur, student will receive a drop in their letter grade.
All electronic devices must be turned off during class
Students who enroll for the third or subsequent time in a course taken since Fall, 2002, may be charged a higher tuition rate, for that course.
State law permits students to withdraw from no more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career at Texas public colleges or universities. With certain exceptions, all course withdrawals automatically count towards this limit. Details regarding this policy can be found in the ACC college catalog.
Exams must be taken and papers must be submitted on assigned dates. There are no makeup exams and late papers are not accepted.
An instructor may award a grade of “I” (Incomplete) if a student was unable to complete all of the objectives for the passing grade in a course. An incomplete grade cannot be carried beyond the established date in the following semester. The completion date is determined by the instructor but may not be later than the final deadline for withdrawal in the subsequent semester.
A student attending ACC assumes responsibility for conduct compatible with the mission of the college as an educational institution. Students have the responsibility to submit coursework that is the result of their own thought, research, or self-expression. Students must follow all instructions given by faculty or designated college representatives when taking examinations, placement assessments, tests, quizzes, and evaluations. Actions constituting scholastic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, collusion, and falsifying documents. Penalties for scholastic dishonesty will depend upon the nature of the violation and may range from lowering a grade on one assignment to an “F” in the course and/or expulsion from the college. See the Student Standards of Conduct and Disciplinary Process and other policies at http://www.austincc.edu/current/needtoknow
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Students at the college have the rights accorded by the U.S. Constitution to freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, petition, and association. These rights carry with them the responsibility to accord the same rights to others in the college community and not to interfere with or disrupt the educational process. Opportunity for students to examine and question pertinent data and assumptions of a given discipline, guided by the evidence of scholarly research, is appropriate in a learning environment. This concept is accompanied by an equally demanding concept of responsibility on the part of the student. As willing partners in learning, students must comply with college rules and procedures.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented disabilities. Students with disabilities who need classroom, academic or other accommodations must request them through the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). Students are encouraged to request accommodations when they register for courses or at least three weeks before the start of the semester, otherwise the provision of accommodations may be delayed.
Students who have received approval for accommodations from OSD for this course must provide the instructor with the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ from OSD before accommodations will be provided. Arrangements for academic accommodations can only be made after the instructor receives the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ from the student.
Students with approved accommodations are encouraged to submit the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ to the instructor at the beginning of the semester because a reasonable amount of time may be needed to prepare and arrange for the accommodations.
Additional information about the Office for Students with Disabilities is available athttp://www.austincc.edu/support/osd/
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Please note, you are expected to conduct yourself professionally with respect and courtesy to all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of another individual will be dismissed from the day’s activity, may be withdrawn from the class, and/or barred from attending future activities.
You are expected to conduct yourself professionally with respect and courtesy to all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of another individual will be immediately dismissed from the day’s activity, may be withdrawn from the class, and/or barred from attending future activities.
USE OF ACC EMAIL
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COURSE OUTLINE AND CALENDAR
Thursday, May 31 Chapters 1, 2
Thursday, June 7 Chapters 3, 4
Thursday, June 14 Chapters 5, 6
Thursday, June 21 Chapters 7, 8
Thursday, June 28 Chapters 9, 10 Test
Thursday, July 5 Chapters 11, 12, 13
Thursday, July 12 Term Project - Group 1
Tuesday, July 17 Term Project - Group 2
Thursday, July 19 Term Project - Group 3
Tuesday, July 31 Test
NOTE: Exams must be taken and papers must be submitted on the assigned date. Exams are administered in the classroom, not in the Testing Center, only on the above dates. There are no makeup exams and late papers are not accepted.
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