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 Course Title:   Theater History I: Ancient-Renaissance

 Title Abbreviation:   THEATER HISTORY I

 Department:    DRMA

 Course #:    236

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    500501

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

An introduction and exploration of the relationship between historical events and the theater arts from the ancient period to the Renaissance.


Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify historical influences on the development of the theatre of the period.
  2. Identify interrelating ideas and themes expressed in the theatre of the period.
  3. Critically analyze theatre pieces of the period using the vocabulary and concepts of discipline.
  4. Identify cultural influences in the development of the theater arts of the time period.
  5. Analyze and present the relationship between culture, time periods and the development of the theatre arts.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of arts and creative expression in societies.

Course Contents

  1. Through a variety of teaching methods including lecture, demonstration, discussion and video students will be introduced to the relationship between world events and the theatre arts.
  2. Using research and writing, students will use critical and creative thinking skills to evaluate and analyze the theatre arts and dramatic literature of the time period. Students will be evaluated by their ability to use the vocabulary and concepts of the discipline in order to support their arguments.
  3. Students will participate in group activities and/or individual projects in order to demonstrate their knowledge of the discipline in a variety of forms. Assessment of theses projects will include faculty, self and peer evaluations.