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THS2006 Pre-Renaissance Drama

Semester 1, 2016 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100103 - Drama and Theatre Studies

Contents on this page

Staffing

Examiner: Darryl Chalk

Requisites

Pre-requisite: THS1000 or THE1001

Rationale

This course provides students with an intensive comparative study of some of the major plays, and socio-historical features of drama in performance in ancient Greece and Rome.

Synopsis

This course provides students with the opportunity to study the texts and theatrical conventions of the classic theatre of ancient Greece and Rome.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical and evaluative knowledge of the history, theory and practice of Ancient Greek and Roman theatre and drama (TLO1)
  2. research and evaluate a variety of concepts and contexts in relation to classical dramatic literature and performance (TLO2)
  3. apply various analytical and critical strategies to classical plays as texts and performances (TLO 3)
  4. apply various analytical and critical strategies to classical plays as texts and performances (TLO 3)
  5. interpret and communicate ideas in writing using the essay genre and examination format (TLO4)
  6. recognise and reflect upon the ways in which Ancient Greek and Roman theatre has interacted with various social, cultural and political contexts.(TLO6)

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. The conventions of composition and performance of tragedy and comedy 20.00
2. Triumphant men: Aischylos' 'The Oresteia' 20.00
3. The heroic temper: 'Aias', 'Philoktetes', Oidipous at Kolonos' 20.00
4. Medea', 'Antigone', 'The Bakchai' 20.00
5. Greek and Roman reflections: Plato, Aaristotel, and Seneca;s 'Oedipus' and 'Thyestes' 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2016&sem=01&subject1=THS2006)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Euripides 1990, Ten Plays by Euripides, Bantam Classics.
  • Ewans, M (ed) 1995, The Oresteia/Aischylos, JM Dent, London.
  • Seneca, L 1972, Four tragedies and Octavia, Penguin Classics.
    (or later edition.)
  • Translations of ?Aias?, ?Antigone?, ?Philoctetes? and ?Oidipous at Kolonos? will be provided to students in the course materials.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Arnott, P 1989, Public and performance in the Greek theatre, Routledge, London.
  • Blundell, M 1989, Helping friends and harming enemies, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Goldhill, S 1986, Reading Greek tragedy, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Rehm, R 1992, Greek tragic theatre, Routledge, London.
  • Vernant, J-P & Vidal-Naquet, P 1990, Myth and tragedy in ancient Greece, Zone Books, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Private Study 165.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 1 100 20 15 Mar 2016
ESSAY 2 100 40 27 May 2016
TAKE HOME TEST 100 40 10 Jun 2016 (see note 1)

NOTES
  1. Students will be advised of the details and date of the Take Home Test via Study Desk during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus
    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.