Appreciation of Theatre

Course Details

Course Number: 1503  Section Number: 101

Fall 2010

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: B117

Days & Times:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 - 10:50 am



Course Attachments

Class Schedule  schedule-20120327-150748.docx

Textbooks

Theatre Brief Version 9the edition by Robert Cohe
An overview of the roles theatricians play in the creation of and the history of theatre.
  ISBN: 0077333519

MSU Faculty Member
Elizabeth James Lewandowski   
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Course Objectives

By the end of the semester, the student should be able to do the following:

  1.  Foundational knowledge – Define the roles taken by theatricians and how those roles interact to create theatre.
  2. Application – Evaluate the success of a given group of artists in relationship to the goals of that particular production.
  3. Integration – Visualize and discuss the elements of theatre in non-theatrical setting.
  4. Human Dimension – Identity with and explain one’s similarities with a character in a given production.
  5. Caring – Understand the impact of traditional theatre on popular theatrical forms (television, film and the entertainment industry).
  6. Learning How to Learn – Attend and meaningfully discuss additional theatrical productions.

Course Expectations

 

 

The professor reserves the right to adjust or cancel assignments as the course progresses.

Students will be evaluated using the following format:

 

Attendance and Participation                                             100

Quizzes                                                                                   100

Test 1                                                                                      100

Test 2                                                                                      100

Test 3                                                                                      100

All My Sons critique                                                               100

Anatomy of Gray critique                                                      100

Journal entries                                                                       150 (10 each)

Final Exam                                                                              150

                                                            Total possible points               1000


Final Exam12/8/2010  10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Submission Format Policy

 

The following format is to be used for submission of journal entries.

  1.  All entries are to be kept and submitted in one 3 prong, 2 pocket cardboard folder.
  2. The student’s name must be printed on the upper right corner of the outside of the folder.
  3. Each entry is to be printed using 12 point New Times Roman font and double spaced.  Margins should be no larger than 1” except the left margin which may be 1 ½”.
  4. Each entry should begin with the assigned question and the date of the entry.  No other information should be at the top of the page.
  5. Entries should be written in complete sentences using the rubric shown below as a guideline for writing.

 

 

The following format is to be used for submission of critiques:

  1.  The critiques are to be submitted in one 3 prong, 2 pocket cardboard folder (NOT the same folder you use for the journal).
  2. The student’s name must be printed on the upper right corner of the outside of the folder.
  3. Each entry is to be printed using 12 point New Times Roman font and double spaced.  Margins should be no larger than 1” except the left margin which may be 1 ½”.
  4. The critique should be titled.  No other information should be at the top of the page.
  5. Critiques should be written in complete sentences using the following rubric as a guideline.
  6. Questions/topics to be answered/discussed in the critiques will be discuss in class.

 

 

 

 

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

Essay

  • Thesis

Introduction presents a clear and direct thesis statement that indicates the topic and the writer’s position

Introduction does not provide a thesis statement.

  • Support

Body paragraphs develop the thesis statement by providing reasons, examples, and details.

Body paragraphs do not maintain focus on thesis, or they provide only general reasons without supporting examples or details.

  • Organization

Essay flows logically from one idea and/or paragraph to the next and creates a coherent whole.

Essay demonstrates no logic or order but instead merely lists a seemingly random list of ideas.

Paragraph

  • Unity

Each paragraph develops just one idea clearly stated in a topic sentence.

Paragraphs have no apparent central topic and demonstrate a lack of focus.

  • Coherence

Each paragraph uses appropriate and logical transitional expressions to achieve a smooth flow. 

Paragraphs lack transitional expressions, and the relationship between the sentences within the paragraph is unclear.

  • Development

Each paragraph provides sufficient details and examples to support the topic sentence.

Paragraphs provide only general statements and fail to offer specific examples to support topic sentences.

Sentences

  • Controlled

Essay uses complete sentences that are organized into standard patterns.  Prose patterns indicate the writer’s control over the content.

Essay lacks organized flow of sentences and instead presents random observations that resemble informal speech.

  • Clear

Essay uses sentences that are understandable.

Essay uses sentences that fail to communicate the writer’s ideas.

Mechanics and Usage

Essay demonstrates reasonable adherence to Standard Written American English.

Essay contains excessive grammar and usage errors that interfere with readability.

Style (University level)

Essay demonstrates a reasonable understanding of rhetorical awareness and uses moderately sophisticated prose.

Essay demonstrates a lack of appreciation for the rhetorical situation and uses informal or inappropriate language.



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

 

You are expected to do the assignments when they are assigned.  Failure to do so will result in an inability to keep pace with the class.  All graded assignments should be submitted on or before the deadline.  Late assignments will NOT be accepted.

 

            Dishonest work on homework or on examinations is a serious offense, as is plagiarism.  The university and the professor will not tolerate either one.  If either occurs, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.  The 2002-2003 Student Senate wrote and adopted the MSU Student Honor Creed.  The highlight of the creed is “As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so”.  Enough said.

 

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes.


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

 

 

            You are expected to attend all classes.  Since lectures expand on assignments, missing class means missing important information.  This class is, by its nature, participatory.  Missing class means missing the chance to participate in your own education and the education of others in the class.  The college policy allows for “five and your die”.  You are allowed five fifty minute absences, beyond which you will be dropped from the class by the professor.  Attendance is taken at the beginning of the class.  The professor reserves the right to disallow counting a student present who is extremely late.  The professor may drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class requirements, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct.


Other Policies

 

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes.

            Many of us own and use cell phones as our major method of electronic communication.  Students are expected to turn off their cell phones when entering the classroom.  Under no circumstances are students to be answered during class.  Should the student need to take an emergency call, the professor expects the student to leave the room and not return, minimizing the disruptions for the remaining students.  Before class begins, ensure that cell phones are off or are disabled so the phone does not ring during class – better yet, do not bring your phone to class.  If other commitments are so pressing that they can not wait until the end of the class session, it may be in the student’s best interests to reconsider the priority being placed on being in this class.  In any case, the professor reserves the right to ask you to leave immediately or to embarrass you mercilessly if your phone makes noise during class.

 

            Students with disabilities or who are in need of special arrangements should see the professor as early as possible in the semester.  Please note that in order to qualify for consideration of special accommodations, the student must be registered with the MSU Office of Disability Services, and the professor must receive a memo on file from that office, along with the Special Accommodations Request Form.

 

            In this class, we will be exposed to a variety of playscripts.  Some of these plays may confront you about ideas and beliefs that you have long held.  That is the nature of art.  If you open your mind to the new experiences, you may find yourself exposed to new paradigms that will enlighten you.  As we discuss these plays, let us do so in a non-confrontational way.  A university is a place in which we are each encouraged to grow to our ultimate potential – disparaging comments or words intended to harm others (as a group or individual) are inappropriate in the twenty-first century and will not be tolerated in this classroom.


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.