English (ENGL) 303
A History of Drama Part I: Early Stages (Revision 5)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study Online with Print Textbook
Area of Study: Humanities
Precluded Course: ENGL 300. (ENGL 303 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for ENGL 300.)
ENGL 303 has a Challenge for Credit option
This course traces the history of Western theatre from its Greek origins to the beginning of the eighteenth century in England and France, with specific references to the plays in a core anthology, The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama.
It provides an analysis of individual plays as theatre and as literature, and includes brief background notes on the authors and on the significance of the plays in the context of Western theatre. It traces the common elements of drama from ritualistic and ceremonial dance and song, through the liturgical drama of the Middle Ages, English Renaissance tragedy and tragi-comedy, French neo-classical comedy and tragedy, and the social comedy of the Restoration. It also shows the development of the theatre as a physical structure, from the early Greek open air amphitheatres to the modified tennis courts in London, investigating the relationship of the physical theatre and the structure and style of the drama.
- Act I — The Golden Age: Tragedy and Comedy in Athens
- Act II — Medieval Roots and Renaissance Flowerings: Mysteries and Moralities, Tragedy and Tragicomedy
- Act III — Sentiment and Wit: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Comedy and Tragedy
To receive credit for this course, you must achieve achieve a minimum grade of D (50 percent) on all of the below assignments and final exam and an overall grade of D (50 percent) for the entire course. All assignments and final examination must be submitted or completed by the end of your course contract date.
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama 6th ed. Ed. W. B. Worthen. Boston: Thomson Wadsworth, 2007.
George Farquhar. The Recruiting Officer. Ed. John Ross. New York: Norton, 1991, rpt. 2000.
All other course materials are online.
Special Course Features
Many of the plays in ENGL 303 are available online via the Athabasca Landing and the Athabasca University Library’s Theatre in Video database.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 5, March 9, 2016.
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