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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 212
Course Title: Introduction to Drama
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: A comprehensive introduction to the elements and major writers of drama of varying lengths. G.E.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Readings might stress canonical authors and works and should give a sense of historical development. The anthologies below provide considerable latitude for any instructor.

The Heath Introduction to Drama
By Clayton, John J., ed.
The Compact Bedford Introduction to Drama
By Jacobus, Lee A., ed.
Course Objectives
  • To obtain a thorough familiarity with the elements of drama.
  • To practice basic critical analysis and evaluation of drama in a variety of ways.
  • To demonstrate mastery of the elements of drama.
    Measurable Learning
  • Identify and distinguish among dramatic elements.
  • Evaluate recursively the elements in drama as they appear in repeated and differing formats.
  • Demonstrate through oral and written exercises practical criticism of drama.
  • Demonstrate command of basic appropriate literary terms and elements.
    Topical Outline: Departmental policy requires a minimum of 4,500 words of graded student writing for this course.
  • An overview of the elements: form, type, and style, to include period, plot and structure, character, setting, language and theme
  • Classical tragedy and comedy; practical criticism stressing the elements
  • Medieval religious and secular drama; practical criticism stressing the elements
  • Renaissance drama; practical criticism stressing the elements
  • Neo-classical drama; practical criticism stressing the elements
  • Nineteenth Century drama; practical criticism stressing the elements
  • Twentieth Century drama; practical criticism stressing the elements
    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

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    Prepared by: Danny Campbell Date: April 2, 2008
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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