Survey of Dramatic Literature / Forms of Literature

Western Texas College


  1. Basic Course Information
    1. The study of one or more literary genres including, but not limited to, poetry, fiction, drama, and film.                                                                                            
    2. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and 1302
  2. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
    1. Identify key ideas, representative authors and works, significant historical or cultural events, and characteristic perspectives or attitudes expressed in the dramatic literature of different periods or regions.
    2. Analyze dramatic literary works as expressions of individual or communal values within the social, political, cultural, or religious contexts of different literary periods.
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of the development of characteristic forms or styles of expression during different historical periods or in different regions.
    4. Articulate the aesthetic principles that guide the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
    5. Write research-based critical papers about the assigned readings in clear and grammatically correct prose, using various critical approaches to dramatic literature.
  3. Major Course Requirements:
    1. Using strategies and criteria covered in class, students will read and then construct analytic essays about the dramatic texts. The learner will evaluate their own essays for proficiency by writing a brief critique of their submitted essays. They will demonstrate their proficiency by meeting criteria set forth in the standard grading rubric.
    2. The learner will evaluate their own work cited notations for accuracy by writing a brief critique of their work cited notations. Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate and document source material, related to elements of the analysis of dramatic literature, into analytical essays.
    3. Quizzes:  Students will complete a writing quiz or Multiple Choice quiz over every reading assignment.
    4. Midterm and Final:  Students will write two MLA formatted five page research papers.  [On-line students must go to a proctored testing cite to take the midterm and final.]
    5. Homework:  Students will turn in outlines, topic proposals, Moodle essays, two formal papers, self evaluations and other assignments deemed necessary.
  4. Books and other Course Materials:
    1. Hacker, Diana.  A Pocket Style Manual. 5th ed.  St. Martin.  2008. 
    2. Jacobus, Lee A., ed. The Bedford Introduction to Drama 6th ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin, 2009.
    3. Selected readings as assigned.
  5. Other Policies: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
  6. Course Organization & Tentative Schedule

    Unit 1: Introduction, Relevancy, evaluative annotated bibliography, tragedy characteristics, Syllabus quiz.
    Unit 2: A Streetcar Named Desire, Lecture/Essay.
    Unit 3: Death of A Salesman, Lecture/Essay, Lecture/Essay
    Unit 4: Theater History: From Inception to Contemporary Theater.  
    Unit 5:

    Master Harold and the boys, Lecture/Essay.

    Unit 6: Attend first live theatre performance
    Unit 7: Oklahoma, Lecture/Essay
    Unit 8: MIDTERM, First Research Paper
    Unit 9: Miss Julie, Lecture/Essay 
    Unit 10: The Playboy of the Western World, Lecture/Essay  
    Unit 11: Attend 2nd Live Theater performance
    Unit 12: The Time of Your Life, Lecture/Essay 
    Unit 13: FINAL, Second Research Paper                   


Last Modified: September 21, 2017