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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies 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:

An introduction to the elements of drama. G.E. Prerequisite: ENGL 112.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisite: ENGL 112.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Several suitable anthologies with apparatuses are available. One of the textbooks below is recommended and should be supplemented by full-length trade editions of plays.

The Heath Introduction to Drama
By Ed. Jordan Miller (Houghton Mifflin)
The Compact Bedford Introduction to Drama
By Jacobus, Lee A., ed. ( Bedford/St. Martin's)
Full-length trade editions of plays

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the generic elements of drama.
  2. Write argumentative analyses of dramatic works.
  3. Explain drama originating in different literary periods.
  4. Analyze drama written by a variety of authors and in a variety of forms.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Department policy requires a minimum of 3000 words (about 12 pages) of graded student writing for this course, including argumentative analysis essays.
  •  An overview of the elements of drama: form, type, and style (period, plot and structure), character, setting, language, theme, and terms specific to drama such as soliloquy, stage direction, and more
  • ? variety of works by a diverse range of authors
  • Coverage of important dramatic periods, which may include classical drama (the tragedy, comedy, or both); Renaissance drama, modernist drama, and contemporary drama
  • Differing lengths of drama: the monologue and scene, the one act-play, the full-length drama
  • A variety of dramatic genres, including comedy and tragedy, stressing the elements essential to those genres
  • Discussion of and/or assignments relating to the professional production of drama
  • In-class exams, including a midterm and final that assess course learning objectives 1, 3, and 4.
  • Instructors may be asked to collect information from the assignments specified in the Major Topics/Skills section. This information will be provided to the English program for evaluation.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Peter Monacell Date: November 29, 2016
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. 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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