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THEA 1301

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Theatre Appreciation
Prerequisite(s) None
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
The course is a survey of theatre from fifth century BC Greece to contemporary theatre. The history, physical stage, playwrights, dramatic literature, and style of the major periods are included. Various aspects of play production, as well as the importance of theatre as an art form and cultural force are treated.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
1. Recognize a play as belonging to a specific theatrical period
2. Identify major playwrights, plays, and theoreticians in theatre history
3. Demonstrate the written ability to critique intelligently a live production
4. Attend at least one live professional or semi-professional production
5. View at least two videotapes of professionally produced plays
6. Articulate the importance of theatre as an art form

General Education Outcomes
I.    This course ensures students will be able to "communicate effectively through speaking, listening, reading, and writing" by requiring them to:
a. Speak intelligently in critiquing a dramatic performance
b. Answer questions in class as part of in-class discussions
c. Listen thoughtfully to live/taped performances to evaluate them critically
d. Listen to instructors lectures and questions in order to respond appropriately
e. Read to comprehend and analyze instructional materials and dramatic texts
f. Write clearly and effectively both evaluations of theatrical performances, and essays answering specific test questions

II.    This course ensures students will be able to "demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills" by requiring them to:

g. Think critically in evaluating various aspects of theatrical performance
h. Think critically in answering essay and problem solving test questions

III.    This course ensures students will be able to "locate…information through the use of a variety of computer applications" by requiring them to:

Use the Learning Resource Center computers to locate dramatic texts, research materials, and critic’s comments about specific plays and playwrights

IV.    This course ensures students will be able to "demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the arts and literature in the human experience" by requiring them to:

i. Analyze the history of man’s need to express himself through drama
j. Evaluate the theme of several dramatic works in order to understand how a play’s salient presentation of issues can help foster change in society

V.    This course ensures students will be able to "apply the knowledge of personal, societal, and cultural development to living and working in a culturally diverse environment" by requiring them to:

k. Observe and analyze fearlessly and respectfully the broadest range of contemporary western and non-western theatre, thereby exposing them to a broad range of human values and beliefs
l. Contrast a variety of today’s values and beliefs with those of times past
m. Gain a keener sense of what may be temporal as well as what may be timeless in human experience

Course Content
This course will cover the following major areas:
1. Theatre history: plays, playwrights, staging, and theoreticians
2. Introduction of theatre criticism of viewed performance
3. Analysis of a play’s themes and structure
4. Establishment of a basic theatrical vocabulary
5. Appreciation of live theatre as an art form

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Students will be graded on several written exams, including a mid-term and a final examination; these shall include essay questions requiring student writing. In addition to these, they will be expected to view and critically respond to at least one live and several videotaped theatrical presentations. [NOTE: The videotapes used in DRMA 1301 are to be tapes of a theatrical nature. Films of a cinematic nature are inappropriate for presentation in a drama class.] An additional paper on a read contemporary script is encouraged. For each evaluation/response paper, the instructor shall provide students with specific written guidelines.
One DRMA 1301 class of every faculty member shall be assessed every four years. For the purposes of evaluation, the instructor will duplicate the ungraded final exam and one ungraded response/evaluation paper of each student. These, in addition to the guidelines for their completion, will then be submitted to the chair of the Fine Arts Department. The chair will then appoint a assessment committee and pass the above items on to them for evaluation.
1. Specific plan for gathering assessment data:

Students’ duplicated, ungraded response/evaluation papers, and assignment guidelines shall be given to the department chair no later than five working days before the final day of class for DRMA 1301. The duplicated final exams shall be turned in within five working days of the final exam date for the course. Students will be advised of the duplication and use of their papers, which will be destroyed by the department chair after the evaluation is complete.

2. Methods of analyzing assessment data:

During the next semester, the evaluation committee shall convene for the purpose of evaluating in writing the exams, papers, and guidelines. Their report to the department chair shall be in memo form. It shall be the responsibility of the department chair to present to the instructor a copy of the evaluation committee’s report.

3. Method for discussion of data analysis:
By the midpoint of the semester following the evaluation committee’s report, the department chair shall meet with the evaluated theatre faculty to discuss improvement in the DRMA 1301 course. Suggested course improvements resulting from the evaluation process shall be implemented as early as is practically possible, but no later than the following academic year.

Last Revised: Jun. 14, 2011
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