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|Discipline and Nbr:
World Theatre Through Time
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||3.00||Lecture Scheduled||3.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||52.50
|Minimum||3.00||Lab Scheduled||0||6 min.||Lab Scheduled||0
| ||Contact DHR||0|| ||Contact DHR||0
| ||Contact Total||3.00|| ||Contact Total||52.50
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 105.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50||
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. Students are introduced to major theatrical styles, artists, design, and technical developments of world theatre from the origins of drama to the contemporary stage. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationship between theatre of different times and cultures, and the historical importance of theatre in society. Attendance at one or more SRJC Theatre Arts Department productions is required.
Course Eligibility for ENGL 1A
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
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. Students are introduced to major theatrical styles, artists, design, and technical developments of world theatre from the origins of drama to the contemporary stage.
(Grade or P/NP)
Recommended:Course Eligibility for ENGL 1A
Limits on Enrollment:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Both Certificate and Major Applicable
Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
|Associate Degree:||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
Global Perspective and Environmental Literacy
|CSU GE:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||C1||Arts||Fall 1981||
|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||3A||Arts||Fall 1981||
|CSU Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
|UC Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
| CID Descriptor: THTR 113|| Theatre History 1|| SRJC Equivalent Course(s): THAR1
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a general knowledge of the major periods of world theatre,
including significant movements, forms, artists, and literature.
2. Integrate knowledge of the larger historic context (social, economic,
political, geographic, and cultural) with the study of each major
period in world theatre.
3. Examine the interconnections between the theatres of different world
cultures, civilizations, and historic periods.
4. Compare and contrast basic elements of dramatic structure used in
significant works from various cultures, civilizations, and periods
in world theatre.
5. Conduct basic script analysis and scholarly research in the
preparation of written critiques, discussions, and artistic projects.
6. Identify and interpret thematic elements, including common thematic
threads, within a historical and/or cultural context.
7. Apply various theories of aesthetic and critical analysis in the
reading and interpretation of plays.
8. Analyze the relationship between the methods of production used during
a script's period of origin and the structure of that script.
9. Expand critical comprehension through discussion of the literary
and artistic value of a script, as well as its historical context.
10. 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.
11. Compare and contrast the present position of theatre in our modern
United States society to that of past cultures, civilizations, and
periods in world theatre.
Topics and Scope
I. What is Theatre?
A. Identifying theatre today
1. Functions of theatre today
2. Locations of theatre today
3. Elements of theatre today
4. Relationship between our society and theatre today
B. The structure of a historical and cultural survey
1. Functions of theatre in different times and cultures
2. Locations of theatre in different times and cultures
3. Elements of theatre in different times and cultures
4. Relationship between different societies and their theatre
II. The Origins of Theatre
III. Theatre as Literature: Script Analysis
A. How to read a play
B. Aristotle's poetics
C. Suspension of disbelief and aesthetic distance
D. Genres, styles & conventions
E. Structural elements of a script
IV. Theatre Research and Resources
A. Basic research techniques
B. Introduction to theatre resources
C. The role of research in theatre
1. For theatre historians and educators
2. For dramaturgs
3. For theatre artists
Regarding V through XXII below--for each of the following historical
periods and geographic cultures, the class will 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
The class will also read, analyze, and discuss 8-12 representative works
and major plays corresponding with many of these periods and cultures.]
V. Classical Greek Theatre
VI. Classical Roman Theatre
VII. The Theatre of Asia
VIII. Medieval Theatre in Europe
IX. The Renaissance: Italy
X. The Renaissance: England
XI. The Renaissance: The Spanish Golden Age
XII. The Renaissance: France
XIII. The Theatre of Revolution
A. Restoration Theatre
B. 18th Century European Theatre
C. Theatre and Colonialism
XIV. Theatre of Latin America
XV. Popular Theatre of 19th Century
XVI. Realism and Naturalism
A. The "isms"
B. Epic Theatre
XVIII.U.S. Theatre of the 20th century
A. Early 20th century
B. Post-war period
C. New voices in late century
XIX. The Musical
XX. World Theatre of 20th century
B. New voices in world theatre
XXI. Africa and the African Diaspora
XXII. World Theatre in the New Millennium
As a 3-hour lecture course, students will complete 6 hours of homework per
week, which may include:
1. Reading approximately 30-50 pages per week, including 8-12 plays and
2. Preparing to participate in class exercises and discussions relating
to the plays read and subjects studied.
3. Take-home quizzes on assigned reading, assessing students' retention
and interpretation of material read. Some instructors may choose to
add in-class quiz questions or require in-class quizzes instead.
4. Attending 1-3 Theatre Arts department productions and analyzing them
from a cultural/historical perspective in class discussions.
5. Writing Assignments - Students will complete 8-10 pages of written
work over the course of the semester, broken down into 4-5 short
written assignments. Examples include:
A. Library research assignment, intended to introduce students to
research techniques relating to the theatre (approx. 2 pages)
B. Production critique, analyzing an attended performance using
historic aesthetic criteria, or comparing/contrasting it with
attending a play during another cultural/historical period studied.
C. Research and create an informative biography handout (1-2 pages) or
small classroom display (approx. 11"x17") on an important figure
from world theatre history not covered in the text. (Each student,
or team, is assigned a different individual to research.)
D. Antirealistic treatment for a realistic play - each student, or
team, creatively re-interprets a realistic play read by the class,
applying concepts of an antirealistic style. (Approx. 2 pages.)
E. Written summary, with bibliography, for the creative project (see
#6. below) Approx. 2-3 pages.
6. Creative Project: Each student completes a creative project relating
to the historical/cultural focus of the class. Some examples include
performing a scene from a period studied, writing a 10-minute one-act
play in an antirealistic style, conceptualizing a historical costume or
set design, or building a model of a historical theatre. Evaluated on
preparation, research, and historic/script analysis applications, not
skill. (8-10 hours of preparation, with documention. See #5E. above.)
7. Studying for the following:
A. Midterm Exam (assessment up to midpoint)
B. Final Exam (assessment from midpoint to final)
Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|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, Project summary||
|Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.||Problem Solving
0 - 0%
|Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.||Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
|Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.||Exams
50 - 60%
|Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Short answer, essay, take-home/in-class quizzes||
|Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.||Other Category
5 - 25%
|Attendance and participation, creative project||
The Longman Anthology of Drama and Theater: A Global Perspective (Compact
Edition). Greenwald, Michael, Schultz, Roger, and Pomo, Roberto D.