Introduction to Theatre

DRAM 1310

Updated August 15, 2011

  • State Approval Code: 5005015126
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

This is a survey course covering all areas of theatre arts. Includes lectures, class discussions, demonstrations and readings in dramatic literature. Fulfills the fine arts requirement for many degree plans. (5005015126) Lecture hours = 3, Lab hours = 0



Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Stimulate 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.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Communication (composition, speech, modern language)

  • To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.
  • To understand the importance of specifying audience and purpose and to select appropriate communications choices.
  • To understand and appropriately apply modes of expression, i.e. descriptive, expositive, narrative, scientific, and self-expressive, in written, visual, and oral communication.
  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.


  • To apply arithmetic, algebraic, geometric, higher-order thinking, and statistical methods to modeling and solving real-world situations.
  • To represent and evaluate basic mathematical information verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically.

Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts

  • To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
  • To respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To engage in the creative process or interpretive performance and comprehend the physical and intellectual demands required of the author or visual or performing artist.
  • To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the humanities and arts.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the influence of literature, philosophy, and/or the arts on intercultural experiences.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • To examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.
  • To develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  • To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the area under study.
  • To identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

  • The student will learn the meaning of basic stage terminology and the uses of stage machinery and will demonstrate their knowledge by responding to questions on the subject.
  • The student will learn possible origins and selected theatre history and will demonstrate their knowledge by responding to questions on the subject.
  • The student will learn about the art of theatre criticism including evaluating theatre from an aesthetic and cultural perspective and will practice the art of criticism.
  • The student will learn the various theatre artists and their jobs and will practice some of the skills these artists use.
  • The student will read selected plays and will demonstrate their knowledge of the plays by responding to questions. The student may learn backstage theatre by participating in theatre activities.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

  • There will be regular quizzes at the beginning of the class period to cover the previous class and reading material. Tardy students will not be allowed make-up on the daily quizzes.
  • With each script reading assignment there will be a writing assignment. The specific topic will be assigned at the time of reading and will involve looking for meaning and application within the playscript.
  • There will be a take home Midterm exam that will allow you to discuss ideas you have learned and compare those ideas to a new assigned reading.
  • You are to attend at least two plays (in which you are not an actor or member of the production team) this semester. After viewing the plays you are to write a brief review (review content will be discussed in class) and attach a program. The 1st review is due by October 10th and the final review is due the final day of class.
  • There will be a comprehensive final at the end of the semester.
  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the assigned class. Assignments after class, until the beginning of the next class will have the grade lowered by 20%. Assignments after the beginning of the 2nd class will have the grade lowered by 40%. Assignments will not be accepted after the 3rd class period.
  • Any cases of academic dishonesty (plagiarism, copying, etc.) will receive a zero for everyone involved.

90 to 100%=A              80 to 90%= B               70 to 80%=C                     60 to 70%= D                     Below 60%= F

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

Antigone by Sophocles,

Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare,

Tartuffe by Moliere,

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen,

The Boy’s Next Door by Tom Griffen

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