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COURSE NUMBER: LITR102
COURSE TITLE:Introduction to Drama
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): H3 902
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:135
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person
Hybrid

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Understanding drama by reading, discussing, and writing about representative plays from Greek, Elizabethan and modern playwrights.

PREREQUISITES:
Place into ENGL101.

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of dramatic history and structure.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of different dramatic genres and significant literary movements within the dramatic literature cannon.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze the contribution and impact of major dramatic authors on theatre and literature.
  • Analyze and identify how dramatic works have been shaped by the historical, political, cultural, and religious aspects of the time in which they were written.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze literature and apply theories of literary criticism to aspects such as theme, characterization, setting, and symbolism.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze literature and its applications to their lives.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write literary analysis papers which demonstrate the outcomes above, their ability to correctly cite research, and their ability to create and defend a literary analysis argument.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
Weeks 1-2: Introduction
  • History of Drama
  • Literary and Dramatic terminology
  • Critical techniques
  • Mythology
Weeks 3-6: Greek Drama
  • Structure and History
  • Sophocles in context
  • Oedipus the King
  • Lysistrata
Weeks 7-11: Elizabethan Drama
  • Structure and History
  • Shakespeare in context
  • Comedies, tragedies, and history plays
  • Hamlet
  • Other readings
Weeks 12-16: Modern Drama
  • Naturalism and Realism
  • Theater of the Absurd
  • Arthur Miller on context
  • Death of a Salesman
  • Social Movements and Theatre of the Late 20th Century
  • Other Readings

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
Compact Bedford Introduction to Drama, sixth edition, Lee Jacobs, ed.

See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:
Students will be evaluated through discussion posts (hybrid), in-class work and assignments/homework (in-person), a research-based literary analysis paper, a performance review essay, and a comprehensive final exam.

Determination of Final Grades:
Percentage Breakdown of Assignments:
Daily Work 25%
Final Exam 25%
Dramatic Analysis Research Based Paper 30%
Performance Analysis Paper 20%

Evaluation Criteria of Papers:

  • Overall Quality of Thought:
    • Writing represents college-level thinking
  • Thesis or Focus:
    • Thesis unifies the paper, is well reasoned, and is appropriate for purpose and readers
  • Development:
    • Paper develops the thesis appropriately for readers and purpose
    • Content demonstrates interrogation of the subject, insight, reflective thinking, persuasive strategies, and or explanation of abstractions as warranted by intended readers and purpose
  • Organization:
    • Paper is arranged appropriately for readers and purpose and demonstrates a recognizable organizational pattern
    • Discourse is coherent as demonstrated through appropriate use of transitional elements, consistent verb tenses, and pronoun usage
  • Voice, Sentence Structure, Sentence Variety, and Diction:
    • Style is appropriate for topic, readers, purpose, and college-level writing
  • Conventions:
    • Writer demonstrates competency with spelling, sentence boundaries, punctuation, format, and grammar

General Criteria for Evaluation of Discussion Posts (hybrid):

  1. Did the student meet the minimum requirements given (length, topic, etc.) in the assignment guideline?
  2. Did he or she pose a thoughtful and well-reasoned response to the given topic or to the ideas presented by another student (for the peer response assignments)?
  3. Are the ideas in the post well developed and supported with specifics, or are a few merely repeated?
  4. Does the post demonstrate the ability to write and think critically on a level expected by a college freshman or sophomore?
Grades will be assigned according to the following scale:
90% and above
89-80%
70-79%
60-69%
Below 60%
A
B
C
D
F

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STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2018

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