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THEA 1301H

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   Theatre Appreciation (Honors)   
Prerequisite(s)   Acceptance into the Honors Program   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
This course is THEA 1301 for Honors students.
Expected Educational Results   
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to do the following:
  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 intelligently critique 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   
  1. This course ensures students will be able to communicate effectively through speaking, listening, reading, and writing by requiring them to do the following:
    1. Speak intelligently in critiquing a dramatic performance.
    2. Answer questions in class as part of in-class discussions.
    3. Listen thoughtfully to live/taped performances to evaluate them critically.
    4. Listen to instructor’s lectures and questions in order to respond appropriately.
    5. Read to comprehend and analyze instructional materials and dramatic texts.
    6. Write clearly and effectively both evaluations of theatrical performances and essays answering specific test questions.
  2. This course ensures students will be able to demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills by requiring them to do the following:
    1. Think critically in evaluating various aspects of theatrical performance.
    2. Think critically in answering essay and problem solving test questions.
  3. 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 critics’ comments about specific plays and playwrights.
  4. 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 do the following:
    1. Analyze the history of humans’ need to express themselves through drama.
    2. 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.
  5. 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 do the following:
    1. Observe and analyze the broadest range of contemporary western and non-western theatre, thereby exposing them to a broad range of human values and beliefs.
    2. Contrast a variety of today’s values and beliefs with those of times past.
    3. 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 live performance.
  3. Basic analysis of a play’s themes and structure.
  4. Establishment of a basic theatrical vocabulary.
  5. Appreciation of live theatre as an art form through attending live plays.
  6. Theoretical and practical knowledge of methods of theatre performance, production, and design.
Assessment of Outcome Objectives   
  1. Students will be graded on several written exams, including a mid-term and a final examination, and quizzes as necessary. Each test and the final will require but are not limited to essay responses to questions designed to demonstrate skills in analysis and writing.
  2. Students will be expected to view and critically respond to at least one, and preferably more, live theatrical presentations. The student will then write a critical response paper on a live theatre production. Videotaped plays may be shown in the class as necessary to show details and explain theory. [NOTE: The videotapes used in THEA 1301H are to be tapes of a theatrical nature. Films of a cinematic nature are inappropriate for presentation in a drama class.]
  3. An additional paper or presentation on a read contemporary script, important theatrical figure, or viewed live performance is encouraged. For each evaluation/response paper, the instructor shall provide students with specific written guidelines. Types of assignments to satisfy this requirement are suggested below:
    1. a conventional research paper of 8-10 pages.
    2. several short papers, some of which are research based, involving the student in different aspects of the course content and the evaluation of theatrical performances.
    3. two five-page interpretative papers based on intensive study and examination of primary sources, and perhaps incorporating secondary sources.
    4. oral presentations of a research project.
    5. panel presentations about specific theatre topics.

Assessment of student work in individual courses:

  1. Class Participation and Quizzes 10 – 25%
  2. In-class exam or exams 15 – 40%
  3. Writing assignments 20 – 40%
  4. Comprehensive final exam 10 – 25%


  1. Every five years a committee appointed by the Fine Arts Chair will select a representative sample of tests from the final exams.
  2. The selected exams will be evaluated according to the criteria set forth in the Expected Educational Results.

The Theatre Discipline Committee and Honors Committee will use the information gathered from the departmental assessment to revise the course outline and course syllabus as needed.

April 4, 2006

Last Revised: Sep. 26, 2011
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