Theatre History I

Course Details

Course Number: 2433  Section Number: 101

Fall 2011

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: B117, B114

Days & Times:

TR:  11:00 A.M. TO 12:20 P.M.

TR:  12:30 P.M. TO 1:50 P.M.



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MSU Faculty Member
Laura Jefferson   
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Course Objectives

 

To explore some possible origins of theatre

To explore and understand the development of the playwright from the classical age through the Elizabethan period.

To explore and understand the development of the actor from the classical age through the Elizabethan period.

To explore and understand the development of scene/costume/lighting design from the classical age through the Elizabethan period.

To understand the development of the director from the classical age through the Elizabethan period.

To explore and discover the cultural, social and political aspects of a particular period and their influence on the theatre.


Course Expectations

 

Reading Assignments:  It is very important to keep up with the reading assignments.  There will be a reading assignment per week.

Quizzes:  There will be a weekly quiz worth 100 points. 

Chapter tests, midterm and final:  There will be two chapter tests, a comprehensive midterm and a comprehensive final on the reading assignments and lectures.  Each test is short answer, multiple choice, fill in the blank and essay.  Spelling and grammar count.  For each incorrectly spelled word or name one point will be deducted from the total possible points.

Attendance: More than four absences, excused or unexcused, and you will be dropped from the course.  If the drop date of Oct. 17th has passed you will be dropped from the course with an earned grade of “F.”  You will be able to make up quizzes or tests ONLY if you call before class and when you return to class you  have a Doctor’s excuse.  It is your responsibility to schedule a time to make up a test or a quiz.

 

Five-page research paper:  The subject needs to taken from Greek, Roman, Medieval, Italian Renaissance or Elizabethan theatre.  The paper needs to be the result of the investigation of a person (actor, designer, playwright), theatre architecture, a particular theater, a scenic, costume, or lighting development or technique, the development of a particular genre, or how the theatre of a particular period was a reflection of the society. This paper will be due Nov. 2. The first draft will be due Oct. 21.  I will give you the specific requirements soon.   

NO LATE PAPERS ACCEPTED.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  IF YOU FAIL TO TURN IN THE PAPER BY DEADLINE YOU LOSE 25% OF FINAL GRADE.


Grading Standards

 

Quizzes:  There will be a weekly quiz worth 100 points. 

Chapter tests, midterm and final:  There will be two chapter tests, a comprehensive midterm and a comprehensive final on the reading assignments and lectures.  Each test is short answer, multiple choice, fill in the blank and essay.  Spelling and grammar count.  For each incorrectly spelled word or name one point will be deducted from the total possible points.

Attendance: More than four absences, excused or unexcused, and you will be dropped from the course.  If the drop date of Oct. 17th has passed you will be dropped from the course with an earned grade of “F.”  You will be able to make up quizzes or tests ONLY if you call before class and when you return to class you  have a Doctor’s excuse.  It is your responsibility to schedule a time to make up a test or a quiz.

 

Five-page research paper:  The subject needs to taken from Greek, Roman, Medieval, Italian Renaissance or Elizabethan theatre.  The paper needs to be the result of the investigation of a person (actor, designer, playwright), theatre architecture, a particular theater, a scenic, costume, or lighting development or technique, the development of a particular genre, or how the theatre of a particular period was a reflection of the society. This paper will be due Nov. 2. The first draft will be due Oct. 21.  I will give you the specific requirements soon.   

NO LATE PAPERS ACCEPTED.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  IF YOU FAIL TO TURN IN THE PAPER BY DEADLINE YOU LOSE 25% OF FINAL GRADE.

 

Course grade:  Chapter tests and midterm--------------------25%

                          Paper-----------------------------------------------25%

                          Quizzes--------------------------------------------25%

                           Final examination------------------------------25%


Final Exam12/7/2011  10:30 A.M.

Submission Format PolicyNote: 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

 

Five-page research paper:  The subject needs to taken from Greek, Roman, Medieval, Italian Renaissance or Elizabethan theatre.  The paper needs to be the result of the investigation of a person (actor, designer, playwright), theatre architecture, a particular theater, a scenic, costume, or lighting development or technique, the development of a particular genre, or how the theatre of a particular period was a reflection of the society. This paper will be due Nov. 2. The first draft will be due Oct. 21.  I will give you the specific requirements soon.   

NO LATE PAPERS ACCEPTED.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  IF YOU FAIL TO TURN IN THE PAPER BY DEADLINE YOU LOSE 25% OF FINAL GRADE.


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More than four absences, excused or unexcused and the student is dropped from the class.

If, upon the fifth absence, the final drop date deadline has not expired, the professor will allow the student to drop the course. 


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