LSO375 - Introduction to World Drama

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Subject Title
Introduction to World Drama

Subject Description
The course provides an introduction to a variety of dramatic works from around the world. The course presents the art and history of theatre as it has evolved from pre-historic times to our post-modern world. We will examine the literature of theatre, structure, form, genre and style as well as how a play text is transformed into theatre.

Credit Status
One upper level Liberal Studies Option (LSO) for Seneca degree students.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

• Critically read play texts
• Analyze plays in the historical, social and theoretical contexts
• Analyze the various levels of meaning in a play text, including characters, plot, setting, props, music, etc.
• Produce coherent, well-organized analytical essays about issues in world drama

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ENG106 or equivalent or permission of the coordinator

Topic Outline
• Aristotle and Greek Tragedy
• Ancient Greek Comedy
• Shakesperean Tragedy
• Modern Theatre
• Brecht and Political Theatre
• Beckett and the Theatre of the Absurd
• Contemporary Theatre

Mode of Instruction
On-line delivery

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material
Seneca Libraries MLA Citation Guide:

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Interactive Activities                 20% 
Assignment 1                           10%
Assignment 2                           15%
Major Assignment                    25%
Final Exam                               30%

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions.
As students are being graded on form as well as content, marks may be lost for poor organization of ideas and errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.
For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at

Approved by: Chair - Business Studies Danielle Mercier