|Semester||Fall Semester, 2019|
|Department||Sophomore Class A, Department of English Sophomore Class B, Department of English|
The specific course schedule is To Be Announced. See http://www.briandavidphillips.net/nccu/ for updates as well as the class facebook pages and other resources. See below for additional information on course requirements.
Specific texts to be discussed may decided later, dependent upon the research and reading interests of the students. The general approach to the material will be chronological and topical. Please be aware that the course is very participatory in nature and that a number of videos, television programs, and films will be shown in class. Periodically, student assignments will be created as content for the student media magazine Sparkshow. Material produced for Sparkshow will be permanently archived and available to the public.
Preliminary Schedule (Subject to Change).
Additionally, students will be asked to participate in critical discussion activities. Students will also present informative talks related to playwrights, actors, and/or directors of note.
Students are Expected to:
For a number of the project assignments, you may work with others. It is very important that all members of a team do their share of the work on time and be prepared on performance or presentation day.
• Punctual attendance is expected. I do take roll every day. It is your responsibility to find out what went on and to make up the work, ask me for handouts, etc. See general course attendance policies.
• Come to class with an open and willing mind. The study of theatre often involves contemplation of controversial material. As students of theatre, it is expected that you will not judge the material but rather attempt to discern the reason behind the expression of ideas.
• Be prepared to participate in class discussions and activities. You must participate fully. While I will not grade on sheer volume, regular and enthusiastic participation is required. The quality of the participation is the most important factor. Quality covers originality or insight demonstrated as well as clarity of communication.
• Read assigned readings by the due date - be prepared to discuss and/or perform.
• Hand in assignments on time. Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the due date.
• All students in the class are expected to foster respect, communicate with civility, cultivate the ideas of others, and encourage participation.
• Comprehend that all class activities are vital to the understanding of theatre and should be studied as thoroughly as lecture and reading material.
• Students should prepare a USB drive (16GB or higher suggested) to hand in periodically with class video assignments on it. The drive will be returned the following week after the assigned files have been copied to the course media drive.
學生學習投入時間 Student Time Investment
每週課堂教學時數： 3 小時 Class Hours per week
每週預習/複習時數： 3 小時 Pre/Study per week (typical, actual time requirements vary)
N/A or TBA
Faithful class attendance, Active and worthwhile participation, Oral Reports, Term Paper, projects, quizzes, and exams. In addition to keeping up with extensive reading assignments, students will be asked to view several films which showcase topics being explored or that are adapted from material under discussion. Group and individual projects are also commonly used to enhance the learning experience via creative interaction.
1. Regular attendance
2. Participation in classroom activities
3. Completion of assignments
Oral and Written Examinations. Participation. Fluency. Projects. Note that students receive participation points for each course session, so absences lower final grades. If a student has three unexcused absences then that student will not be allowed to participate in final projects or take the final examination. Five absences (excused or unexcused) lead to automatic failure in the course. Except in unusual cases late assignments will not be accepted. Plagiarism results in an automatic failure of the course.
Students should familiarize themselves with course policies, including those specifically related to Attendance, Participation, and Extra Credit opportunities (if any).
? ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION POLICY: For the most current Attendance and Extra Credit policies, please see the webpages at http://www.briandavidphillips.net/nccu/ or the class Facebook group files section. . . Attendance and Participation in this course are required. Students who are tardy or absent will be penalized through lower possible participation points. Attendance is taken regularly and penalties are applied. Typically, students receive on average ten to fifteen participation points each class period (more or less depending upon activities of the week and actual participation). Participation Grade Penalties are as follows: Tardy, -5 participation points; Second Hour Tardy, -10 participation points; Absence, no participation points possible. Use of Cellphone, tablet, computer, or mobile device without specific permission or instruction from the instructor, no participation points possible, -10 to -15 participation points and possibility of device being confiscated for the period (yes, just like elementary school students). Attendance Points and Penalties are as follows: Penalties for tardiness or absence are grade points taken from the course final grade of the semester. Tardy, -1 grade point; Second Hour Tardy, -2 grade points; Unexcused Absence, -3 grade points; Three Unexcused Absences, not allowed to take final exam and zero points for final project; Five Absences, automatically fail course. Note, students who missed the first few course sessions are still penalized for attendance and participation, even if they had not yet registered for the course.
? EXTRA CREDIT POLICY: For the most current Extra Credit policies, please see the webpages at http://www.briandavidphillips.net/nccu/ or the class Facebook group files section . . . Students may makeup for points lost due to missed classes or gain additional grade points by completing optional extra credit activities. Extra credit is always optional. However, certain extra credit opportunities are not available to everyone and others are time sensitive. It is to your advantage to sign up for extra credit earlier rather than later to ensure that you are eligible and that the schedule allows for the activity. If you wish to pursue extra credit, do so early. Extra Credit is NOT available within the last two weeks of the semester.
? Days in which students are scheduled to make presentations or in which interactive drama or similar activities are planned count as DOUBLE ATTENDANCE DAYS and all participation and attendance points or penalties are double.
For the most current Attendance and Extra Credit policies, please see the webpages at http://www.briandavidphillips.net/nccu/ . . . or the files section of the Facebook group for this course.
Taking Notes: University students are expected to have pen/pencil and paper with them during all class sessions. You should take notes during class of information presented in lecture or discussion as well as of content of media presentations. Please take notes with pen and paper and later transcribe to your digital note files (lit screens from mobile devices or notebook computers can be distracting to other students during class).
Cellphones, Tablets, or Computer: Turn off the ringer of cellphones or other devices during class. This should be obvious, but unfortunately for some it is not, you may NOT use your devices during class EXCEPT as a means of consulting readings (some prefer to stay paperless while others have their reading assignments in hard copy). Do NOT use devices inappropriately during class (hint, chatting online, watching random Youtube videos, or checking your Facebook feed and the like during class would qualify as inappropriate – normally, I prefer not to police student behavior in this way but we've received a number of complaints from students about the behavior among some as it is considered extremely rude). If we are viewing film or other media, you should be focused on the material and not distracted by online media. Hint, take notes with pen and paper and later transcribe to your digital note files (as noted earlier and reinforced here, lit screens are distracting to other students during class).
Naps: Attendance for a course implies being present and engaged. Students found to be napping or asleep during class are obviously not mentally present despite physical presence and as such may be marked as tardy or absent (depending upon the nature of the offense). The instructor is not required to notify students of such penalties at the time.
|Textbook & Reference|
DO NOT PURCHASE TEXTS OR SOURCE MATERIALS UNTIL BEGINNING CLASS, TEXTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
As per the English Department guidelines, this course employs realia (authentic materials). In addition to playscripts and readings related to each of the plays we will be studying, some of the reference books we will use this semester include the following (subject to change so please do not purchase books unless the instructor verifies the text in class):
THEATRE STUDIES: THE BASICS by Robert Leach
WRITING THE AWARD-WINNING PLAY by Jan Dow.
I AM AN EMOTIONAL CREATURE by Eve Ensler
THE ODD PLAYS OF RASHAD GHEITH by Rashad Gheith
And/Or Other Texts as appropriate.
List may be modified at any time. Other texts to be assigned throughout the semester.
|Urls about Course|
|http://www.briandavidphillips.com/nccu https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIf4OIhDtbEEcZrXERpyC_A http://www.interactivedramas.info https://www.facebook.com/groups/taiwaninteractivedrama https://www.facebook.com/groups/taiwan3d https://www.meetup.com/taiwanvirtualreality https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8wy50wAOGy3WgPMNbsOi2w|