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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 of drama. Prerequisite: ENGL 112. G.E. Occasional Offering.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ENGL 112.

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

Most current editions of the following:

Readings should feature some canonical authors. One of the anthologies below is recommend and may 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)
Course Objectives
  • To gain growing mastery of the elements of drama.
  • To practice basic critical analysis of drama in a variety of ways.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of drama in a variety of periods and dramatic genres, including tragedy and comedy.
Measurable Learning
  • Identify and distinguish among dramatic elements.
  • Evaluate the elements of drama as they appear repeatedly in different periods and dramatic genres.
  • Demonstrate through discussion and written work textual analysis of drama.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the history of drama.
  • Demonstrate command of appropriate literary terms and elements.
Topical Outline:
  • Departmental policy requires a minimum of 3,000 words (about 12 pages) of graded student writing for this course.
  • 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 and stage direction,
  • A variety of canonical and extracanonical works
  • Coverage of impportant 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-lenght 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 final.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Peter Monacell Date: May 5, 2014
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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