Courses in Drama
Proposed courses for 2013-14Updates to follow:
[For more course descriptions with prerequisite information see Arts and Science Calendar Drama]
[For Shaw Festival course descriptions see Shaw Festival Courses]
[For more information email Lee Atkinson] http://www.queensu.ca/artsci/sites/default/files/Course_Lists_12-13.pdf
[For information on a MINOR Concentration in DRAMA see Drama Minor Concentration]
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100/200 Level CoursesCourse /Units/ Term
DRAM 100 (6) F/W
DRAM 200 (6) F/W
DRAM 205 (3) W
DRAM 216 (3) F
DRAM 220 (3) TBA
DRAM 251 (3) F
300 Level Courses
DRAM 300 (6) F/W
DRAM 303 (3) First Nations Playwrights
DRAM 306 (3) W Canadian Theatre
DRAM 311 (3) F
DRAM 323 (3) W
DRAM 331 (3) F
DRAM 339 (3) WSpecial Studies Acting
DRAM 342 (3) W Design
DRAM 344 (3) F
DRAM 345 (3) F/W
DRAM 348 (3) TBA Theatre Admin
DRAM 350 (6) F/W
400/500 Level Courses
|DRAM 400 (9) F/W |
DRAM 419 (3) W see below
501 - (3) Playwriting (F/W)/
Other Courses that can count as DramaLLCU 200 (3) TBA see below
MUSC 373 (3) W
STSC 300 (3) W
Summer Courses 2014
DRAM 371 (3)|
DRAM 373 (3)
DRAM 200: Theatre History and Literature I (6.0)A chronological survey of production methods, architecture, performance, and dramatic literature in western and eastern theatre traditions from early classical eras to the end of the 19th century.
DRAM 220: Introduction to Dramaturgy (3.0)
A study of applied dramatic literature, including structure, genre, and staging techniques. Students will analyze several plays from various points of view, embracing both theatrical and literary concerns.
This Winter term’s DRAM 220 course is informally titled “Twelfth Night to Sure Thing: Comedy Since Shakespeare”. It will be a survey course on stage comedy (not including standup and sketch comedy) – beginning with Twelfth Night, and touching on the work of such masters as Molière, Centlivre, Feydeau, Wilde, Shaw, Chekhov, and Beckett, as well as such trends as Broadway comedies of the mid-20th century, British and American comedy of the 1960s, the rise of the one-act play, and recent Canadian comedy. (Sure Thing, mentioned in the informal title above, is a contemporary one-act by the American playwright David Ives.) There will be significant amounts of reading, not only of plays but also of works by such critics and theorists as Walter Kerr (Tragedy and Comedy), Henri Bergson (Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic), and Charles Ludlam (“Manifesto of the Theatre of the Ridiculous”). The course will also feature a performative aspect, involving groups of students presenting material from, or about, the week’s readings.
DRAM 300: Theatre History and Literature II (6.0)A study of production and performance methods, and dramatic literature of the 20th and 21st centuries.
DRAM 400: Applied Theatre (9.0)A practicum course amalgamating a variety of aspects of theatre and drama.
DRAM 419 (3.0 units or .5 credit) Fourth year seminar/studio: Generating SpaceThis course will consider how defined spaces generate and are generated by drama, theatre and performance. Our study will be divided into four sections:
1. Considering plays which inscribe a defined space as part of their dramaturgy.
2. Considering theatre that takes on site-specificity as integral to performance and dramaturgy.
3. Considering selected theoretical approaches to the study of space as applicable to theatre and performance.
4. Finally, an exploration through experiments bearing on the understanding and expression of performance spaces in an age of virtual spaces.
LLCU 200 (3) TBA Introduction to Semiotics and CommunicationThis course presents a critical study of the interpretative acts underlying the understanding of signs. It traces the development of semiotics from an historical perspective through the works of theoreticians such as F.de Saussure, C.S.Peirce, R.Barthes, A.J.Greimans, U.Eco, and S.Lange. Particular attention will be paid to the function of verbal and non-verbal signs in the literary and linguistic fields as well as communication through theatre, cinema, art, and the media.