EN-203 Introduction to Drama

Course Description: 
This course introduces students to various types of dramatic literature, from the Ancient Greece dramas to the contemporary Eastern and Western Theatre.  Its purpose is to familiarize students with not only the history and theoretical aspects of theatre, but also its practical manifestations through playwriting, acting, directing, stage production and theatre management.

  • This course also meets PLO #(s) 2.1 of General Education program.
  • Prerequisite Courses: EN 120b

A.  PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs): 
      The student will be able to:
1. Enrich and deepen self-knowledge by exploring different academic experiences
2. Articulate and understand their experiences through effective writing, reading, speaking, and various modes of artistic expression
3. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and basic skills appropriate to their personal and professional goals in their chosen area of specialization

B.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs): GENERAL
The student will be able to:
1. Define and identify the different periods of theatre history
2. Define, identify, and analyze a selection of plays using basic theatre terminology associated with the different types of theatre
3. Define, identify, and apply dramatic literary critical theory and methods
4. Identify historical, cultural, and biographical contexts for selected plays and their authors
5. Write a short play, act out and/or do dramatic readings from scenes of selected plays, and apply theatrical production techniques learned


SLO

PLO1

PLO2

PLO3

1

I

D

I

2

I

I

D

3

 

I

 

4

I

 

 

5

D

M

 

I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C.  STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) – SPECIFIC:
The student will be able to:

General SLO 1: Define and identify the different periods of theatre history     


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

1.1. Identify and discuss the origins and development of drama

Oral presentation/Quiz

1.2. Demonstrate knowledge of different periods of theatre history

Oral presentation/Quiz

1.3. Identify and discuss types of drama and theatre from world cultures

Oral presentation/Quiz

General SLO 2: Define, identify, and analyze a selection of plays using basic theatre terminology associated with the different types of theatre


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

2.1. Identify the dramatic structure of various types of plays

Group Discussion/Quiz

2.2. Identify the use of performance space in various types of theatre

Oral presentation/Quiz

2.3. Discuss the performance elements of a theatrical production

Group Discussion/Journal

General SLO 3: Define, identify, and apply dramatic critical theory and methods


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

3.1. Discuss dramatic critical theory from Western and Eastern Theatre

Group discussion/Quiz

General SLO 4: Identify historical, cultural, and biographical contexts for selected plays and their authors


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

4.1. Identify and discuss relevant historical, cultural and contextual                           information of playwrights and their plays (selected)

Group presentation/Essay

General SLO 5: Write a short play, act out and/or do dramatic readings from scenes of selected plays, and apply theatrical production techniques learned


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

5.1 Identify and apply basic elements of playwriting(dialogue, character, plot division, and conflict/tension)

Group project/Journal

5.2 Acquire basic voice, movement/mime, and acting skills and apply to the creation, production, and performance of an original short play or the presentation of scenes from existing full-length plays

Group project/Journal

 

 

D.  COURSE CONTENT
Theory: Students will be assessed on their ability to understand information – e.g., theatre history, types of dramas (play genres), types of theatrical expression in western and eastern/Asian theatre (e.g., Greek, Elizabethan, Noh, Kabuki, Kathakali, Wayang Kulit, etc.), dramatic element (plot structure, characterization, etc.) – in the assigned chapters of the textbook, additional lecture handouts, and any other information from class lectures and discussions. The form of assessment will be quizzes, journal writing, oral presentations (individual or group) and one short research essay.

Practicum: Students will be assessed on the practical skills (voice, movement, use of space, etc.) taught in the lecture and practicum classes. The form of assessment will be creative writing assignments (e.g., writing a short scene with two characters and/or a monologue), practical demonstrations (e.g., demonstrate basic mastery of a physical/vocal warm-up technique, or demonstrate basic performance skills such as acting in a 1-to-2-minute “silent” scene), presentations, and performances (including the Final Group Project).

E.  METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
Lecture, group discussion, viewing of videos/DVDs, practicum (acting classes), performance projects. Students should EXPECT to have to perform (i.e. act) in this course.

F.  REQUIRED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
Cohen, Robert. Theatre: Brief Version. 7th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2006.
(or, most recent edition)
Other reading materials will be assigned and provided by the instructor.

G.  REFERENCE MATERIALS
DVDs on theatre making and acting are available at MITC.
Books on drama, theatre design, and plays available at the LRC.
Students are encouraged to watch DVDs of previous student drama presentations at COM, available at MITC.
*Due to the lack of opportunity to attend a theatre production on island, students are encouraged to search the Internet (e.g. YouTube) for video clips of theatrical productions of plays by the playwrights/directors studied in class.

H.  INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None

I.   EVALUATION
15% Attendance and participation (missed practicum classes cannot be made up; students are expected to put in hours of rehearsals OUTSIDE class sessions); 40% Theory (quizzes, essay, etc.); 45% Practicum (includes performance assignments, and final group project)

J.   CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

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