SRJC Course Outlines

5/9/2021 6:50:06 PMTHAR 1 Course Outline as of Fall 2012

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  THAR 1Title:  WORLD THEATRE  
Full Title:  World Theatre Through Time
Last Reviewed:5/11/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled08 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
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Catalog Description:
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An overview of the major periods in world theatre history through significant works of dramatic literature, as well as the global and cultural influences from which they emerged.  Emphasis is placed on the interrelationship between theatre of different times and cultures, and the historical importance of theatre in society. Attendance at two or more SRJC Theatre Arts Department productions is required.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Course Eligibility for ENGL 1A

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An overview of the major periods in world theatre history through significant works of dramatic literature, as well as the global and cultural influences from which they emerged.  Emphasis is placed on the interrelationship between theatre of different times and cultures, and the historical importance of theatre in society. Attendance at two or more SRJC Theatre Arts Department productions is required.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Course Eligibility for ENGL 1A
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Inactive: 
 Area:E
H
Humanities
Global Perspective and Environmental Literacy
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C1ArtsFall 1981
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3AArtsFall 1981
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: THTR 113 Theatre History 1 SRJC Equivalent Course(s): THAR1

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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In order to achieve these learning outcomes, during the course the student will:
1.   Demonstrate a general knowledge of the major periods of world theatre,
      including significant movements, practices, forms, artists, and literature.
2.   Integrate knowledge of the larger historic context (social, economic, political,
       geographic, philosophical, and cultural) with the study of each major
      period in world theatre.
3.   Compare and contrast basic elements of dramatic structure used in
      significant works from various cultures, civilizations, and periods
      in world theatre.
4.   Conduct basic script analysis and scholarly research in the
      preparation of written critiques, discussions, and creative projects.
5.   Identify and interpret thematic elements, including common thematic
      threads, within a historical and/or cultural context.
6.   Apply various theories of aesthetic and critical analysis in the
      reading and interpretation of plays.
7.   Analyze the relationship between the methods of production used during
      a script's period of origin and the structure of that script.
8.   Expand critical comprehension through discussion of the literary
      and artistic value of a script, as well as its historical context.
9. Support one's own interpretation of a theatrical script with examples
      drawn from script analysis and research, while recognizing that there
      may be many valid interpretations of the same work.
10. Compare and contrast the present position of theatre in modern
      United States society to that of past cultures, civilizations, and
      periods in world theatre.

Topics and Scope
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I.       What is Theatre?
         A.  Defining Theatre
              1.  Theatre and its relationship to other art forms
              2.   Aesthetics and personal response to the arts
              3.  Theatre's role in society today  
          B.  The benefits of studying theatre history
         C.  Origins of theatre
II.      Theatre as Literature: Introduction to Script Analysis
         A.  Differences between scripts and other forms of literature
         B.  Aristotle's poetics
               1.  Character
               2.  Plot
               3.  Theme
               4.  Diction
               5.  Music
               6.  Spectacle
         C.  Structural elements of a script
III.      Theatre in Performance
              1.  Relationship of audience and performance
                    a.  Willing suspension of disbelief
                    b.  Aesthetic distance
              2.  Genres, styles & conventions
              3.  Components of theatre today (brief overview)
IV.     Theatre Research and Resources
         A.   Basic research techniques
         B.   Introduction to theatre resources
         C.  The role of research in theatre
         D.  Citing research sources
V.       Classical Greek Theatre
VI.      Classical Roman Theatre
VII.     Classical Theatre of Asia
         A.  India
         B.  China
         C.  Japan
VIII.   Medieval Theatre in Europe
IX.     The Renaissance: Italy
         A.  Perspective and illusionistic scenery
         B.  Commedia dell'arte
X.      The Renaissance: England
         A.  Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre
         B.  Shakespeare
XI.     The Renaissance: Spain
         A.  The Spanish Golden Age
         B.  Theatre in the New World
XII.    The Renaissance: France
         A.  Neoclassicism
         B.  Moliere
XIII.   Western Theatre:  Late 17th-Early 19th Century
         A.  Restoration and 18th Century Theatre in England
         B.  18th Century European Theatre
         C.  Theatre and Colonialism
XIV.    Popular Western Theatre of 19th Century
         A.  Romanticism
         B.  Melodrama
         C.  Other forms and theatre-related entertainment
XV.    Modern Theatre:  Realism and Naturalism
XVI.   Modern Theatre:  Antirealism
         A.  The "isms"
         B.  Epic Theatre
XVII.  Theatre in the United States
         A.  Early/mid-20th century
         B.  History of the Broadway musical
XVIII. Theatre of Africa and the African Diaspora
XIX.   Contemporary Theatre of Asia and the Middle East
XX.    Contemporary Theatre of Latin America
XXI.   Contemporary Western Theatre
         A.  Postmodernism
         B.  Experimental and avant garde
         C.  New voices in world theatre
XXII.  World Theatre in the New Millennium
 
Regarding V through XXII for each of the major historical
periods and geographic cultures, the class may touch on:
  - Major historical events and cultural movements of the period
  - The theatre's function/relationship to the larger society
  - Who attended the theatre, why, and when
  - Major contributions to world theatre during the period
  - Major artists of the period and/or major works
  - Changes in theatre architecture and design, and the reasons why
  - Relationship of the period's theatre to that of other cultures and
    time periods

Assignments:
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As a 3-hour lecture course, students will complete 6 hours of homework per
week, which will include:
Homework and Graded Assignments:
 
1.   Reading approximately 30-60 pages per week, including 8-12 plays and
      supplemental material.
 
2.   Attending 2-3 Theatre Arts department productions and analyzing them
      from a cultural/historical perspective in class discussions and written assignments.
 
3.   Quizzes:  There will be short quizzes on assigned scripts and/or supplemental
      reading, assessing students' retention and interpretation of material read.  
       Depending on the instructor, the quizzes may be daily or approx. weekly; they
       may be take-home, in-class or a combination.
 
4.   Writing Assignments:  In addition to exam essay questions (see #3 below), students
      will complete 2-4 written assignments over the course of the semester (totalling
      approx. 8-15 pages of written work for the course).
      Examples of such assignments include:
      A.  Research Assignment:  A series of research tasks intended to introduce students
            to research technique, methodology, and resources relating to world theatre
            history.
      B.  Production Critique:  Attend a production and analyze the experience using
            historic aesthetic criteria, or identify the contributions and/or similarities of this
            production to those of other cultural/historical periods studied.
      C.  Script Analysis:  Analyze an assigned script applying analysis criteria introduced
            in the course.
      D.  Creative Project:  Each student completes a creative project relating to the
             historical/cultural focus of the class.  All projects have a written component
             and are evaluated on preparation, research, and historic/script analysis
             applications, not skill.  (8-10 hours of preparation, with documentation.)
 
5.   2-3 Exams:
      A.  In addition to multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching and/or T/F questions,
            all exams will contain essay questions.  Exams may include one or more
            take-home essays, in addition to the in-class portion.
      B.  Exams will include material from both assigned reading and lecture. Questions
            should include those assessing the following:
               a.  Ability to make connections between different theatres and traditions.
               b.  Ability to analyze elements of one or more scripts read.
               c.  Ability to identify historical influences in contemporary theatre productions.
      C.  While there may be some questions covering material taught earlier in the
            semester, the final exam is not cumulative.
 
6.  Regular attendance and participation in class discussions and exercises.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 35%
Written homework, Research papers, Creative project (documentation)
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
55 - 65%
2-3 exams (objective, short answer, essay); quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 15%
Attendance and participation; Creative project (creative elements)


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Longman Anthology of Drama and Theater:  A Global Perspective (Compact
 Edition).  Greenwald, Michael, Schultz, Roger, and Pomo, Roberto D.
 Longman: 2002.

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