127S10 - San Jos State University TV, Radio Film and...

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Contemporary Theatre, TA/ENG 127 Spring, 2010 Page 1 of 9 San José State University TV, Radio Film and Theatre CONTEMPORARY THEATRE TA127 (#27169) ENG127 (#28786) Spring, 2010 Instructor: Dr. David Kahn Office Location: Hugh Gillis Hall (HGH) 110 Telephone: (408) 924-4540 Email: David.Kahn@sjsu.edu Office Hours: T/Th 12 Noon-1:30 PM; T 3:00-5:30 PM Class Days/Time: T/Th 1:30-2:45 PM Classroom: HGH 114 Prerequisites Students must meet the SJSU Studies GE Requirements: have upper division standing have completed the core GE requirements have passed the WST GE/SJSU Studies Category This advanced SJSU Studies GE course fulfills Area V Global Understanding. Online Syllabus, Schedule, Resources http://www.sjsu.edu/people/david.kahn/courses/TA127/ Course Description This course explores contemporary theatre by critically examining selected plays and productions of the last twenty-five years, focusing on the following questions: How do these recent popular plays express the diversity and complexity of postmodern global society? How do different forms of contemporary theatre reflect cultural changes and changing perceptions of the human condition? How are various peoples and ideas represented in theatrical form? How has global theatre performance influenced and been influenced by American culture and society? Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives We will study theatre performances and texts not only as historical documents of their time and mirrors of their changing worlds, but also as material for contemporary interpretation and production.
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Contemporary Theatre, TA/ENG 127 Spring, 2010 Page 2 of 9 Through class activities, background lectures, reading, viewing performances, discussion, research and written responses, students in this class will learn systematic, analytical skills for assessing contemporary theatre practice and other "narrative" performance media such as film, television, etc. These skills will help students to more actively and more articulately position themselves in relation to surrounding performance cultures. Finally, this course provides a method for understanding how the written script functions in relation to live theatre performance – bearing in mind that a play on paper is, as writer Tennessee Williams famously observed, "hardly more than an architect's blueprint for a house not yet built." In this course you will learn to read the blueprint. GE/SJSU Studies Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: LO 1. Compare systematically the ideas, values, images, cultural artifacts, economic structures, or attitudes of people from different societies or cultures; LO 2. Identify the historical context of ideas and cultural practices and their dynamic relations to other historical contexts; LO 3. Explain how culture changes in response to internal and external pressures. Course Content Learning Outcomes
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