SYLLABUS: This syllabus documents the requirements for this course. All exams, quizzes, reading assignments and homework assignments are outlined in this packet. Please keep this syllabus available throughout the next three weeks to guide you through the course.
WINTER MODULE EXPRESS COURSE/ONLINE COURSE: You have enrolled in an express course, which is designed to expose students to an entire semester’s worth of coursework in only three weeks. This means that we will be covering what would normally be 12 weeks of material in a condensed time period of 3 weeks. This course will not and should not feel like a regular fall/spring semester course, rather it will and should feel like you are working 3 or 4 times harder than you might in a standard semester. Please keep this in mind so you can be successful in your completion of this course and please check in with the instructor if this workload feels overwhelming.
COURSE MATERIALS: This course is designed to be a no-cost textbook course which embraces the learning/teaching philosophies of critical and open pedagogical practices. Materials and reading assignments will be posted in their respective modules as we move through the course but for your reference, here are the five major texts that we will be engaging with:
- Textbook: Theatrical Worlds, edited by Charlie Mitchell (University Press of Florida, 2014)
- Play #1: Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau (Available through KCC Library/Academic Search Complete; PDF copy included in our course library).
- Play #2: Trifles by Susan Glaspell (Open Access, Project Gutenberg).
- Play #3: Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks (Available through KCC Library/ProQuest E-Books; PDF copy included in our course library).
- Play #4: Angels in America by Tony Kushner (Available through KCC Library/ProQuest E-Books; PDF copy to be included in our course library).
- Additional essays and readings to be provided by the professor.
REMOTE LEARNING/ZOOM: The Winter 2022 section of THA 50: Introduction to Theatre will be conducted fully online with weekly synchronous sessions. Students can complete assignments at a time that works for them but it is important that you complete all work by the end of a given week. Late work can only be accepted with permission of the instructor. Additional information regarding remote-learning format:
- All synchronous class meetings will be held via Zoom.
- All class notes, review sheets, homework assignments, course schedules and syllabus revisions will be posted in the CUNY Academic Commons Course Group Library.
- Students can set-up a CUNY Academic Commons account on the CUNY Academic Commons main page by using their cuny.edu email address.
PLAGIARISM: Unfortunately, during this period of remote learning, there has been an increase in academic dishonesty and plagiarism. I ask that you please avoid the appearance of cheating or plagiarism. Such behavior is grounds for failure, resubmission of a new paper, and a formal report to administration. For more information, please review Kingsborough’s Academic Integrity Policy.
- CLASSROOM CONDUCT: Kingsborough Community College is committed to the highest standards of academic and ethical integrity, acknowledging that respect for self and others is the foundation of educational excellence. Civility in the classroom and respect for the opinions of others is very important in an academic environment. It is likely you may not agree with everything which is said or discussed in the classroom, yet courteous behavior and responses are expected. Therefore, in this classroom, any acts of harassment and/or discrimination based on matters of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and/or ability are not acceptable. Whether we are students, faculty, or staff, we have a right to be in a safe environment, free of disturbance, and civil in all aspects of human relations.
- ACCESS-ABILITY SERVICES: Access-Ability Services (AAS) is committed to opening doors of equal opportunity to individuals with disabilities at Kingsborough Community College. Our goal is to equalize educational opportunities and to provide access through appropriate academic accommodations. It is the policy of The City University of New York (CUNY) and the constituent colleges and units of The University to provide services for students without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, alienage, citizenship, military or veteran status, or status as victim of domestic violence. Kingsborough Community College does not discriminate against any student on the basis of pregnancy or related conditions. Absences due to medical conditions relating to pregnancy will be excused for as long as deemed medically necessary by a student’s doctor and students will be given the opportunity to make up missed work. Students needing assistance can seek accommodations from Access-Ability Services at 718-368-5175 or contact the Title IX Coordinator at 718-368-6896, Room in V-231 or at Title_IX_Inquiries@kbcc.cuny.edu.
- PREFERRED PRONOUNS/NAME: I affirm all forms of gender expressions and identities. If you prefer to be called a different name than what is on the class roster, please let me know. Feel free to inform me on your preferred gender pronoun or if you do not have a pronoun. The gender-neutral bathrooms are located in the following places on campus: A117, A119, L303, L504, M436, T4 154, T8 108B, V211, and V212. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.