Clarendon College, Clarendon, Texas • Division of Liberal Arts
SYLLABUS • DRAM 2361.195 Theatre History I (3 hrs)
On-Line Summer Course - Not offered this year
Instructor: Bill Huey •

Wilson & Goldfarb, Living Theatre- A History, 5th Edition,
McGraw-Hill, NY, 2008.
This text is available at the Clarendon College Bookstore
COURSE CONTENT: This course surveys the history and evolution of drama from ancient Greece through French Neo-classical Theatre, emphasizing all aspects of the art form from period values to analysis of dramatic literature and performance.
COURSE OBJECTIVE: to investigate the historical development of theatre, from its origins to the beginning of the 17th century. We will explore the evolution of theatre in terms of the styles, movements and plays of specific periods and geographic areas. Students should expect to gain an overview of the development of theatre and the drama, starting with their origins in ancient ritual and classical antiquity.
Methods of Instruction:  Lectures, video/DVD preview, special presentations, individual and group participation. On-line correspondence.
Entry Level Competencies (for on line students):  Since this course is taught entirely over the World Wide Web, you should be familiar with how to use a standard Web browser (Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer) and electronic mail. Students are expected to be reasonably proficient in written and spoken Standard American English. Familiarity with computers, the Internet, and e-mail are necessary for the best success in this class. Each student MUST have an activated e-mail account and MUST send e-mail to me at billhuey @ as soon as possible so that I can identify your e-mail address and send you additional course information.

This table/calendar is a guideline. You should be able to read the text,
take online tests, and complete all written assignments in 8-9 weeks.
Course Outline
Max. points
Tests will be made available to your proctor by email
Unit One • Chapters 1 & 2 Greek-Roman Test - June 19-25 15
Greek Play Essay* deadline June 18 10
Unit Two • Chapters 3 & 4 Medieval-Early Asian Test - July 6-10 15
Ren. or Neoclassical Play Essay*deadline July 17 10
Unit Three • Chapters 5 & 6 Italian & English Renaissance Test - July 20-24 15
Research Paper**deadline July 31 20
Unit Four • Chapters 7 & 8 Spanish & French RenaissanceTest - Aug 3-7 15
Finals Week final verification and tabulation of all tests and papers
* Students will read two plays, 1-Greek, 1-Renaissance, or Neoclassical, and submit an original 3-4 page essay about the historical and literary significance of the work read.
Go to the Virtual Library of Theatre.
** Students will submit one Original Research Paper (4-6 pages) discussing The essentials of theatre during one specific time period in theatre history
(Actors and Audience).
Instructions for On-line Course Evaluation
Exams : There are four (4) chapter tests for this course and all are based on the publisher's chapter quizes.
They will be available for limited times, please keep on track so that you are ready to take each test as posted. The final test must be taken on or before 5:00 p.m.

You must take the exams in the presence of an approved proctor - at your proctor's site
No Tests will be accepted after the posted test date, (ie., July 6-10)

On-Line Learning Center: practice chapter quizes (optional-no credit)

Please e-mail your proctor's name, position, location, day-time phone number, and e-mail address to: Do this before you attempt to take on-line tests. There are 4 tests for this course. They may consist of objective, multiple-choice questions; and short essay/list questions; allow about one-half-hour to complete each test.

PROCTOR: You will need to locate a proctor who is willing to verify your identity and monitor the three exams. Recommended individuals include the faculty or staff of an educational institution (high school, college or university) or a professional person such as a doctor, lawyer, or CPA. All expenses associated with the work of the proctor are the student's responsibility.

HOW TO SUBMIT A PAPER: Each paper (review/essay) should be e-mailed to me at: as an attachment in MS Word 97-2004 format. Make sure your documents are tagged with doc., not docx. Do not submit papers in MSWorks, Word Perfect or any other word processor unless they are saved as rtf (rich text format). All papers (research/essay) are due on weeks shown in course calendar, but may be submitted at will if completed early.

Papers will not be accepted after the deadlines posted above.

DO NOT send papers as part of your email text; DO NOT send by fax or snail-mail.

PLEASE NOTE: for all papers you submit for this class (review/essay), you MUST include the following information at the top of your paper; include it as part of the text of the paper: Your Name • The Assignment (Review One, Essay Two, etc.) • Date • The semester for which you are registered (Summer).

More On-Line Theatre History Resources:

Exemplary Educational Objectives
To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts.
To understand those works as expressions of individual & human values within an historical/social context.
To respond critically to works in the arts.
To engage creative process & understand the physical & intellectual demands required of the artist.
To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts.
To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the arts.
To demonstrate knowledge of the infuluence of the arts or interculteral experiences.
WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURE: A student who drops a course after the first 12 class days of instruction will receive a grade of “W.” No classes may be dropped after the 12th week of a fall or spring semester or the 5th week of a summer term. To drop a class, the student must obtain the written consent of the instructor. Drop forms are available in the Student Services Office.
CLASSROOM CONDUCT: Failure to comply with lawful direction of a classroom instructor is a disruption for all students enrolled in the class. Cheating violations include, but are not limited to: (1) obtaining an examination by stealing or collusion; (2) discovering the content of an examination before it is given; (3) using an unauthorized source of information during an examination; (4) entering an office or building to obtain unfair advantage; (5) taking an examination for another person; (6) altering grade records; (7) plagiarism. Plagiarism is the using, stating, offering or reporting as one’s own, an idea, expression, or production of another person without proper credit.
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