Course Description

 A Roman theatre in Bosra, Syria.

A Roman theatre in Bosra, Syria.

Fall/Winter 2015-2016

Meeting times: TBA

Location: Ellis Hall 321 and Theological Hall 102

Instructor: Jenn Stephenson

Office: Carruthers Hall room 307

Office hours: TBA


DRAM200 is “a chronological survey of production methods, architecture, performance, and dramatic literature in western and eastern theatre traditions from early classical eras to the end of the 19th century.” The course will take certain seminal moments as case studies to consider what theatre looked like in particular societies and particular eras. For each, we will consider what aspects of theatrical performance were valued, looking for insight into the social, economic, and political roles played by performance in a variety of historical moments. In the course, we will also examine the evidence of performance, analyzing primary source documents to discern what they reveal and what remains hidden. In addition to the historical event itself, the stories of history will also be a topic of interest. What kinds of stories are told about the past and by whom? Why do we tell these stories? How are they organized? What in included and what is omitted?

Through in-class activities and individual and group assignments, students will hone skills in critical thinking and problem solving as we act as historical detectives. Assignments will also call on students to practice both oral and written communication skills in a variety of formats. Finally, students will augment skills in information literacy, posing a research questions, and developing a project plan, oriented toward helping them to  become capable and motivated lifelong learners.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to

  1. Describe the cultural significance of “important” moments in theatre history.
  2. Identify “gaps” in theatre historical knowledge and suggest reasons why these gaps exist.
  3. Compare various models for theatre history narratives.
  4. Assess primary source documents and design a program of research to develop knowledge around these documents.
  5. Propose multiple solutions to a given problem or set of conditions.
  6. Compare performance elements across cultural, temporal, and geographical boundaries.
  7. Analyze dramatic texts through a number of lenses (historical, thematic, symbolic, structural)
  8. Communicate both orally and in written work with clarity and purpose.
  9. Demonstrate improved self-regulation (time management, following instructions).
  10. Demonstrate good teamwork skills (planning, listening, collaboration).
  11. Participate in a pleasant, respectful, and engaged learning community.

Click here to download a PDF of the DRAM200 2015-2016 syllabus when available.

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