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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 362
Course Title: Readings in Drama
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Study of drama within a period or from a special perspective (e.g. Renaissance drama, comedic drama, British modernist drama). Prerequisites: ENGL 112 and a previous 200-level or higher English literature course. Occasional Offering.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ENGL 112 and a previous 200-level or higher English literature course.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Occasional Offering.


Seven to nine plays in inexpensive college-level editions.

Although drama must comprise the bulk of the course focus, a limited amount of readings in other genres may provide context. All works chosen must bear a significant historical, thematic, and/or generic correspondence.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyze a range of dramatic works.
  2. Explain the characteristics of drama, as those characteristics appear in selected drama.
  3. Identify the historical, cultural, and authorial contexts of selected drama.
  4. Describe the critical reception of selected drama.
  5. Write argumentatively about drama.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • In discussions, exams, and /or essays, students should be required to productively compare and contrast selected works.
  • Because this course represents an upper-level English elective, it bears a distinctive responsibility for teaching advanced knowledge within the discipline. Students must read and write intensively, and they must engage in serious literary study that includes the use of peer-reviewed scholarship. This course must require advanced students to complete both in class and out of class projects (such as midterms, finals, group reports, quizzes, research papers). The course reading load should be at least 1000 pages, and may comprise less than this minimum only if the instructor is accounting for a significant amount of assigned drama.
  • Department policy requires a minimum of 4000 words (about 16 pages) of graded student writing, including an argumentative research essay that incorporates scholarly secondary criticism. Multiple essays should account for no more than half of the total assigned page-count for the course.
  • Department policy requires that assignments include at least one common reading of a secondary, peer-reviewed article or chapter.
  • Class discussion of the selected works.
  • Discussion of and/or assignments relating to the professional performance pf drama, e.g., viewing and analyzing a recorded performance.
  • Terminology essential to the study of drama.
  • In class exams, including a final exam that requires students to analyze a range of dramatic works and to explain the characteristics of drama and the historical, cultural, and authorial contexts of the works studied.
  • Intructors 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: 30

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: April 15, 2015
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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