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Introduction to Drama

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EGL 113

       Course Name: Introduction to Drama

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces students to dramatic literature and its cultural, social, and historical influences. Content includes terminology and methods for analyzing and evaluating drama including form, thematic development, and style.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The student will be able to:

    A. Explain the distinctive characteristics of the drama.
    B. Identify and differentiate between such forms of drama as tragedy, comedy, satire, and tragicomedy. 
    C. Interpret in dramatic literature such elements as character, action, theme, symbolism, irony, staging, and structure.
    D. Delineate the origins and the evolution of drama and the theater within historical and cultural contexts.
    E. Synthesize knowledge of genre, formal elements, and background material.
    F. Incorporate secondary sources in the analysis and interpretation of drama texts.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Readings, reflecting culturally diverse texts, may be organized according to a number of principles, including thematic, analytic and historical modes.  A thematic organization would group texts according to such common themes as innocence and experience; love; conformity and rebellion; death.  An analytic organization would group texts according to elements of drama, studying in turn character, action, theme, etc.  A historical organization would arrange texts chronologically.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The course will be conducted through lectures, discussion, readings and the use of other appropriate media such as films, records, etc.  Students may visit professional theaters, witness performances, go backstage and interview actors, directors and producers.  Students may also do readings to develop a sense of dramatic impact.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will read at least five full-length plays and write at least four essays of at least 750 words each outside of class.  Paper assignments should be guided by the course learning objectives.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

The instructor will choose plays from a variety of types and periods.

Check with the Chairman for current list.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation methods include grading of student essays, quizzes and exam, oral reports and class participation.

Required written work:

A minimum of four critical essays of at least 750 words, written outside of class.

XI.   Other Course Information

-Attendance policy

-For whatever information/procedures the instructor holds the student accountable.


If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.