Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: DRAM-2361- Section: 71
History of Theater I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Laura Stafford
E-mailstaffolj@lamarpa.edu
Phone(409) 984-6331
Office
Location:Student Center - Room: 417
Hours:TR 8:30am 12 noon & W 8am 11:00am on campus
Department
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
E-mail:vandewalkerre@lamarpa.edu
Phone:(409) 984-6520

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description Study of the history of the theater from primitive times through the Renaissance.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Course Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Analyze the history of theater through written responses to historic texts, artifacts, and performance practices. (PSLO 1, 2, 5, 6) measured by Response Papers & Final Research Paper
2. Identify essential terminology related to the history of theater. (PSLO alpha, embedded quiz questions)
3. Evaluate current productions of historical plays through an understanding of their original production conditions. (PSLO 1, 2, 5, 6) measured by Response Papers & Final Research Paper
4. Evaluate the interaction between theater and society. (PSLO 1, 2, 5) measured by Response Papers & Final Research Paper and embedded quiz questions
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes Program Student Learning Outcomes:
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills ? Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills ? Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one?s own culture in relation to others.
PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills ? Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

No textbook required, but there are required reading & video materials provided in each weekly module Unit.

Check your Blackboard Class Announcements for messages from me about class materials.    Check your MyLamarpa email often for campus updates. You must be able to access the Lamarpa.edu site and Blackboard to complete this course. You must have access to a printer to complete assignments. The Gates Library Computer Lab is available to all students with current ID cards. Bring earbuds to hear videos at the Library.

Lecture Topics
Outline
Lecture Topics for HB 2504
Due to Storm we are starting with Unit 2 : Starting on Sept. 8th

Unit 1: Orientation:
Unit 2: Contributions of Asian Theatre
Unit 3: Greek & Roman Theatre
Unit 4: Medieval Theatre
Unit 5:The Italian and Spanish Renaissance Theatre
Unit 6: The English Renaissance Theatre
Unit 7:The French Renaissance
Unit 8:The History of Theatre: Final Comparative Research Paper
Major Assignments
Schedule
Due Dates:
Storm revision dates: We are starting with Unit 2 Asian Theater. Sept 8th

Week 4: Unit 2 Response Paper by Wednesday / Discussion Board and Quiz 1 by Sunday
Week 6: Unit 3 Response Paper by Wednesday / Discussion Board and Quiz 1 by Sunday
Week 8: Unit 4 Response Paper by Wednesday / Discussion Board and Quiz 1 by Sunday
Week 10: Unit 5 Response Paper by Wednesday / Discussion Board and Quiz 1 by Sunday
Week 12: Unit 6 Response Paper by Wednesday / Discussion Board and Quiz 1 by Sunday
Week 14: Unit 7 Response Paper by Wednesday / Discussion Board and Quiz 1 by Sunday
Week 15: Final Research Paper Due on or before Wednesday
Week 16: Final Exams (PSLO ALPHA Post Test ) (3 parts) opens on Friday and closes Monday at 5pm

A detailed Week by Week calendar Agenda is provided in Blackboard. I recommend that you print that as well.







Final Exam Date December 4, 2020 - 12:00 AM   Through  December 7, 2020 - 5:00 PM
Grading Scale 900-1000=A 800-899=B 700-799=C 600-699=D below 599=F
Determination of
Final Grade
In Dr. Stafford's class you will be graded with actual points not percentages. Punctual completion of each assignment earns you a number of real points, which you will add up to total your final grade. There will be no curving. Because of the storm you will have only 6 Unit papers but Unit 2 points is doubled, so the point acquisition remains the same total.

7 Typed Response Papers Assignments 350 points
7 Unit quizzes                 210 points
Final Research Paper             200 points
Final Exams               100 points
Attendance / Participation on Discussion board 140 points
             1000 points total
Types of Assignments:

1. Response Papers over the Reading Materials and Video Examples will be submitted as 2 page typed doc or docx only ( no rtf) documents following MLA format in each Unit. 50 points each for a total of 350 points.
2. Quizzes over the Reading Materials and Video Examples for each will Unit be taken on blackboard in objective question format (multiple choice, matching or True/False). 30 points each for a total of 210 points.
3. The Final Research Paper will be produced by using selected sections of the previously graded Response Papers to construct a 6-8 page MLA formatted paper. 200 points
4. Unit Discussion Board posts over materials covered in the unit will be graded in the Attendance/Participatory category 20 points each unit for a total of 140 points.
5. The Final Exam will take questions from each of the Unit Quizzes and will be taken on blackboard in objective question format (multiple choice, matching or True/False). 100 points
If there is any student in this class who has need for test taking accommodations, please feel free to bring me your accommodation letter and discuss this with me .
    By adding points earned, you can continually measure your progress towards the final grade you want to earn in this class.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Class Honesty Policy: Plagiarism in presentations will not be acceptable. The written work will not be accepted and the points for that assignment will be forfeited. Protect yourself by documenting and giving credit to the source of your material. You will only use citations for the reading materials and videos provided within Blackboard. Do not use other students? discussion board comments or Response papers, they are recognizable. Do not use other sources. Cheating on quizzes; exams or papers will result in a grade of zero for that quiz, exam or paper. Do your own work!! . You copy a student?s work and both students will get a ZERO!! Don?t jeopardize your grade to let a ?friend? copy your work!!!

I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.
Attendance Policy You are a partner with the Federal Government when you accept grant funding. Remember the 60% rule that if you stop attending before the 60% date you will pay back the grant. Contact the campus financial aid office for the details. Instructors will be keeping accurate attendance records to verify your last date of attendance if you stop coming to class. Online students must log in activity at least 3 times a week. If you do not log in for 2 weeks in the semester, I recommend you drop the class because you will have missed too much to succeed. I can track you logging in.
Check your Blackboard Class Announcements for messages from me about class materials.    Check your MyLamarpa email often for campus updates. You must be able to access the Lamarpa.edu site and Blackboard to complete this course. You must have access to a printer to complete assignments. The Gates Library Computer Lab is available to all students with current ID cards. Bring earbuds to hear videos at the Library.

Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Online students must log in activity at least 3 times a week. Multiple assignments are due each week. If you do not log in for 2 weeks I recommend you drop the class because you will have missed too much to succeed. After a student has missed the submission of 3 Response Papers and/or more that 3 quizzes or discussion boards the professor may drop the student officially from the class with the grade you have earned, which may be an ?F?. This may affect your financial aid status and if this instructor initiated drop occurs after the first six weeks you can receive an ?F? for insufficient work. Online Attendance is a required aspect of this course and the student is responsible for the work that is due on the specific dates, which appear on the agenda calendar. This course recognizes court appearance and personal hospitalization as excused absences, not work, or doctor?s appointments, Or waking up feeling ?under the weather?, or the Internet went down. Course work is still due on assigned dates (Use computers on campus or at local shops with WiFi service. There are 140 pts assigned to your Audience Etiquette Attendance/Participation on the Discussion Board and when you violate the expectations of the approved behavior online you will lose points at the discretion of the Professor.

There will be no make up quizzes given for not taking the quiz in the assigned time frame. There are NO RE-TESTs.
We will have 2 Collaborate Class Meetings in the semester to help answer any questions about response papers. One in the first week of Orientation and one in Week 14 before you work on the Final Research paper.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights 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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLSCPA.
Other Wear a face mask when on campus!!!
1. I am not your technical support contact. Please make sure you have adequate Internet connection before taking quizzes and are able to submit the correct format for projects such as the Response Papers in doc or docx through Blackboard not by email.
2. We will have 2 Collaborate Class Meetings in the semester to help answer any questions about response papers. One in the first week of Orientation and one in Week 14 before you work on the Final Research paper.
3. This is not a self-paced course; there are specific due dates each week. Quizzes are open from Friday to Sunday only and not reopened, so plan ahead and do not wait to the last moment to submit. Check the Class Agenda for any special testing dates near end of semester.
4. Discussion board access will also close on Sunday night so be sure to post your first Thread early so there will be student comments available for you to respond to before Sunday night. You must have a thread and a reply post of 10 complete sentences to get full participatory points.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.