Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Spring 2017 Course Syllabus

DRAM-2361-30 - History of the Theater I

 
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Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2017
InstructorStafford, Laura Johnson
Phone(409) 984-6331
E-mailstaffolj@lamarpa.edu
Department
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
E-mail:huvalbj@lamarpa.edu
Office
Hours:MWF 10-12 am, & MW 3:30-4:30 emails, MWF 8-10am QEP- (may be in SC 417); TR 8-9am
Building:Student Center (SC)
Room:417
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Course Information
Course Number11815
Course Description Study of the history of the theater from primitive times through the Renaissance.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks No textbook required, but there are required reading & video materials provided in each weekly module Unit.

Required On Campus Orientation: 2 Dates - Pick 1.
Jan. 18th (Wednesday) at 5:30pm or Jan. 19th (Thursday) at 3:30 pm at the Gates Memorial Library Computer Lab on Campus. Bring your own Earbuds to hear video materials. There are assignments due this first week.

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.
Attendance Policy 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 your log in.
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.
Course 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.
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 6-10 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.
Final Exam Date May 6, 2017 - 12:00 AM   Through  May 9, 2017 - 5:00 PM
Major Assignments Theater History I (16 weeks Online) Class Agenda Calendar Spring 2017
M: Monday, T: Tuesday, W: Wednesday, R: Thursday, F: Friday, S: Sunday

Unit 1: Early beginning of Drama: (A Unit covers two weeks) To do List:
WEEK 1 (JAN 17-22)
Tuesday: Course opens – Complete Start Here: Orientation or Attend (Campus Orientation to Online Projects (on campus 2 choices: Jan. 18th (Wednesday) at 5:30pm or Jan. 19th (Thursday) at 3:30pm. Both will meet at the Library Computer Lab so bring EARBUDS to hear video materials. Highly recommend you come to one of the sessions!! There are assignments to submit in the Start Here section.
WEEK 2 (JAN. 23-29)
Read: How to write a Response Paper & the Prompt for this week’s Response Paper; and
•    “What is Theatre?” – Cassady;
•    “7 Reasons why Theatre Makes our lives Better” – Shalwitz; and
•     “The Ancients” – Cohen; and
•    Review Page for Quiz 1 over readings & videos
Watch:
•    Behind the Mask of a West African Tradition-video;
•    TED Talks: Wade Davis? The Worldwide Web of Beliefs & Ritual – video.
Monday: Discussion Board Opens for Unit 1 – closes Sunday 11:59 (must have original thread and 1 reply conversation with another student for complete points)
Wednesday: Unit 1 Response Paper due by 11:59; (bonus of 3 points if submitted by 5pm)
Friday: Quiz 1 Opens for Unit 1 – closes Sunday 11:59 (over all readings and videos in this unit)
Unit 2: Contributions of Asian Theatre To Do List:
WEEK 3 (Jan. 30- Feb. 5)
Monday:
Read: Prompt for this week’s Response Paper; and
•    “Theater of Asia Part 1” - Cohen;
•    “Theater of Asia Part 2” - Cohen;
•    “Asian Theatre timeline”; and
•    Review Page for Quiz 2 over readings & videos
Watch:
•    Theatre of India - video; and Stafford - Shadow Puppets from IPM - video
•    Japan Noh Documentary –video
•    Portrait of an Onnagata – video
•    Bunraku: Masters of Japanese Puppet Theater - video
WEEK 4 (FEB. 6-12)
M: Discussion Board Opens for Unit 2 – closes Sunday 11:59 (must have original thread and 1 reply conversation with another student for complete points)
W: Unit 2 Response Paper due by 11:59; (bonus of 3 points if submitted by 5pm)
F: Quiz 2 Opens for Unit 2 – closes Sunday 11:59 (over all readings and videos in this unit)
Unit 3: Greek & Roman Theatre To Do List:
WEEK 5 (FEB. 13-19)
Monday:
Read: Prompt for this week’s Response Paper; and
•    “Why Theatre is the Best Art Form for a Free Society” – Wier;
•    “Aristotle’s Poetics” – Patterson;
•    “Greek and Roman Theatre” – Cassady;
•    The script of The Birds, by Aristophanes;
•    “Greek & Roman timeline”; and
•    Review Page for Quiz 3 over readings & videos
Watch:
•    Greek Drama: From Ritual to Theater - video;
•    The Birds by Aristophanes – video a modern production.
•    Theater at Segesta, Sicily –video by Dr. Laura Stafford
WEEK 6 (FEB. 20-26)
M: Discussion Board Opens for Unit 3 – closes Sunday 11:59 (must have original thread and 1 reply conversation with another student for complete points)
W: Unit 3 Response Paper due by 11:59; (bonus of 3 points if submitted by 5pm)
F: Quiz 3 Opens for Unit 3 – closes Sunday 11:59 (over all readings and videos in this unit)
Unit 4: Medieval Theatre    To Do List:
WEEK 7 (FEB. 27 – MAR. 5)            1ST Drop date Mar. 1 no grade- Q        
Monday:
Read: Prompt for this week’s Response Paper; and
•    “European Middle Ages” – Patterson;
•    The script of Everyman - a late-15th-century English morality play; and
•    “Medieval timeline”
•    Review Page for Quiz 4 over readings & videos
Watch:
•    Medieval Drama: From Sanctuary to Stage – video
•    The Summoning of Everyman – video
WEEK 8 (MAR. 6-12)
M: Discussion Board Opens for Unit 4 – closes Sunday 11:59 (must have original thread and 1 reply conversation with another student for complete points)
W: Unit 4 Response Paper due by 11:59; (bonus of 3 points if submitted by 5pm)
F: Quiz 4 Opens for Unit 4 – closes Sunday 11:59 (over all readings and videos in this unit)
WEEK 9 (MAR. 13-26)
SPRING BREAK
UNIT 5 WILL BE OPEN FOR ANYONE TO GET A JUMP START.
Unit 5 – The Italian and Spanish Renaissance Theatre To Do List:
WEEK 10 (MAR. 20-26)
Monday:
Read: Prompt for this week’s Response Paper; and
•    “Renaissance – Italy and Spain Part 1” – Cassady;
•    “Renaissance Theatre in Italy and Spain Part 2” – Cohen;
•    “Sicilian Puppets” by Morris
•    “Opera dei Pupi” Puppets in Sicily - unesco;
•    “Italian Renaissance time line”; and “Spanish Renaissance timeline”; and
•    Review Page for Quiz 5 over readings & videos
Watch:
•    The Renaissance Stage – video
•    Commedia Dell'Arte: The Story, the Style – video
•    Actores – video
•    Opera dei Pupi, Sicilian Puppet Theatre – video
•    International Puppet Museum, Palermo, Sicily –video & Stafford - Puppets of Palermo -video
WEEK 11 (MAR. 27 – APR. 2)
M: Discussion Board Opens for Unit 5 – closes Sunday 11:59 (must have original thread and 1 reply conversation with another student for complete points)
W: Unit 5 Response Paper due by 11:59; (bonus of 3 points if submitted by 5pm)
F: Quiz 5 Opens for Unit 5 – closes Sunday 11:59 (over all readings and videos in this unit)
Unit 6 The English Renaissance Theatre             To Do List:
WEEK 12 (APR. 3 – 9)
Monday:
Read: Prompt for this week’s Response Paper; and
•    “English Renaissance” – Patterson;
•    An Except of The Taming of the Shrew Act II Sc 1 by William Shakespeare;
•    An Except of The Taming of the Shrew Act V Sc 2 by William Shakespeare
•    The script excerpts from Othello by William Shakespeare – Cassady
•    “English Renaissance timeline”; and
•    Review Page for Quiz 6 over readings & videos
Watch:
•    The Renaissance Theater – video;
•    The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio Woos Katherine: Act 2, Scene 1) - video
•    The Taming of the Shrew (Katherine's Final Speech: Act 5, Scene 2) - video;
•    Othello disc 1 & Othello disc 2 – live performance by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Production
WEEK 13 (APR. 10-16) only April 14 is a holiday for Good Friday
M: Discussion Board Opens for Unit 6 – closes Sunday 11:59 (must have original thread and 1 reply conversation with another student for complete points)
W: Unit 6 Response Paper due by 11:59; (bonus of 3 points if submitted by 5pm)
R: Quiz 6 Opens Thursday because of the holiday for Unit 6 – closes Sunday 11:59 (over all readings and videos in this unit)
Unit 7 The French Renaissance            To Do List:
WEEK 14 (APR. 17 – 23)     FINAL DROP DATE WITH GRADE APR. 19TH
Monday:
Read: Prompt for this week’s Response Paper;
10 Bonus if you submit your Unit 7 Response Paper this week on Wed. April 19!
•    “French Renaissance” – Brockett
•    “French Neoclassicism Timeline”; and
•    Review Page for Quiz 7 over readings & videos
Watch:
•    Neoclassical French Renaissance Drama 3 {11.19.13} - video
•    Tartuffe – the complete stage play - video
WEEK 15 (APR. 24- APR. 30)     ALMOST DONE!!! UNIT 8 IS OPEN - Final Research Paper prompt is available- due next week on Wednesday, May 3rd)
M: Discussion Board Opens for Unit 7 – closes Sunday 11:59 (must have original thread and 1 reply conversation with another student for complete points)
W: Unit 7 Response Paper due by 11:59; (bonus of 3 points if submitted by 5pm)
F: Quiz 7 Opens for Unit 7 – closes Sunday 11:59 (over all readings and videos in this unit)
Unit 8 The History of Theatre SHORT WEEK!!!! WATCH DIFFERENT DUE DATES!!!
WEEK 16 (MAY 1 - 3) ONLY 3 DAYS!!!
MONDAY:
Read: Prompt for this week’s Final Research Paper;
Watch:
•    The History of Theater. – video
•    A&E Classroom: Life and Death in Britain’s Ancient Theaters - video
Wednesday: Final Research Paper due by 11:59; (bonus of 5 points if submitted by 5pm)
WEEK 17 (MAY 6 -9)
SATURDAY: Final Exam Opens – closes TUESDAY at 5pm!! (over all readings and videos in this course)
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates See above.
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
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.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

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.
Course Student 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
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
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

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

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.
Additional Information
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 Coordinator, Office for Disability Services, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the materials creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeares Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just wont use your data.

Whats the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PAs assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
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Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrars Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to My.LamarPA.edu and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrars office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your my.lamarpa.edu account.

  2. Click on the My Services tab.

  3. Click on the Student tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on Generate New Evaluation at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a NO will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PAs efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission

Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity

Principles

Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 
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