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Winterim 2018

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THE204 - Theatre History 2: Elizabethan through the Contemporary Era

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Surveys history, literature, architecture and production practices of western theatre from Elizabethan England through the twentieth century.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Identify and list verbally or in writing TEN playwrights (covered within the time period for this course) and at least ONE PLAY from each playwright.
2. Identify and list verbally or in writing TEN theatre practitioners (actors, designers, directors, producers, theorists) covered within the time period for this course.
3. Discuss and define in small group presentations at least ONE of the theatrical "isms" (Romanticism, Melodrama, Naturalism, Realism, Dada/Surrealism, Expressionism, Absurdism, Modernism, and Post-Modernism) covered within the time period for this course.*
4. Describe in class discussion and/or writing the contributions of historically significant theatre practitioners and playwrights on the Western world's cultural tradition.
5. Identify in class discussion and/or writing the structure, themes, and historical significance of FIVE plays covered within the time period for this course.
6. Trace in writing the development of ONE specific aspect of theatre from the 19th century to the Contemporary scenes (choosing from actors and the acting process, design, directing, theatre architecture);
OR
Through writing and/or visual sketches, translate a play into THREE different theatrical "isms" covered within the time period for this course.
7. Describe in class discussion and/or writing the contributions of at least THREE theatre practitioners from diverse American cultures such as Native American, Hispanic, African-American, Asian-American, and Gay and Lesbian.
8. Define the basic elements of culture and discuss orally or in writing three examples of theatre's impact on Western society.*

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
I. Elizabethan England
II. Theatre in France (1500-1700)
III. Restoration Theatre
IV. Eighteenth Century England
V. Italy, France, and Spain in the Eighteenth Century
VII. Theatre in Northern and Eastern Europe during the Eighteenth Century
VIII. Theatre in America during the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries.
IX. Approaching the Nineteenth Century - Major trends and philosophies from the Eighteenth Century
X. Theatre and Drama in Europe during the early Nineteenth Century
XI. Theatre and Drama in the United States during the early Nineteenth Century
XII. Theatre and Drama in Europe during the late Nineteenth Century
XIII. Theatre and Drama in the United States during the late Nineteenth Century
XIV. The Beginnings of Modern Theatre, 1875-1915
XV. The Theatre and Drama in the United States and Europe between the wars
XVI. The Post-war Years
XVII. The Contemporary Scene: What, Where and Who
XVIII. Multi-culturalism in Theatre and Drama

Effective Term: Spring 2018