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Course : Independent Study in Theatre

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2021
Fain Fine Arts Center, B120
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, April 26, 2021 12:00 am

Course Objectives

To comprehend important developments in Western drama that have
occurred since the mid-20th century (Departmental Learning Outcome:
Knowledge of development of theatre).
· To experience a number of plays that illustrate these developments
and to analyze these plays both orally and in writing (Departmental
Learning Outcome: Knowledge of development of theatre).
· To articulate the impact of important writers and other theatrical
personages who have shaped the contemporary theatre (Departmental
Learning Outcome: Knowledge of development of theatre).


Table 1:




Quizzes (8 at 30 pts each)


Script Analyses (8 at 40 pt each)




Midterm Exam


Final Exam




Total Points



Table 2: Total points for final grade.







800 to 899


700 to 799


600 to 699


Less than 600


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· Spelling and grammar count. Grades will be reduced for spelling and
grammar errors.
· Lectures and class activities expand upon the reading assignments. If
you fail to do the reading before class, you will be lost!
· You must complete all papers and tests in order to pass the class


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