Topics in Theater
I. Course Prefix/Number: THE 290
Course Name: Topics in Theater
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course will offer specialized instruction in specific selected aspects of theater including acting, direction or technical design work.
IV. Learning Objectives
Students will study, analyze, and interactively develop skills in areas of theatrical performance and/or technical design
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
VII. Methods of Instruction
- Lecture and discussion
- Written analysis
- Workshop scenes and exercises
- Field trips
- Audition experience
- Guest artists
- Private individual workshop sessions
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Reading (College Level)
- Typed response and research papers
- Writing (College Level)
- Critical Thinking
- Structured peer evaluations
IX. Instructional Materials
Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.
Materials will be assigned according to the specific course focus. Primary and secondary sources will be included, as well as selected audio-visual aids, and field experiences, as appropriate.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
- Grades on written analysis
- Grades on scenes and exercises
- Group discussion and oral feedback on all scenes and exercises
- Self analysis
XI. Other Course Information
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.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.
Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.
For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.