Studies in Drama

Important Notice

This course is not active. Please contact Department Chair for more information.

Course Code
ENGL 1151
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course emphasizes the close reading of dramatic works of a variety of types, such as tragedy, comedy and absurdist drama, and considers elements of stagecraft where relevant.
Course Content

Selected literary texts (see sample list)

A significant portion of the course will be devoted to instruction in writing critical essays on literary subjects.

Learning Activities

Some or all of the following methods will be used:

  • students’ attendance at a play
  • lecture/discussion
  • interviews
  • group work and peer editing
  • instructor feedback on students’ written work
Means of Assessment
  • A minimum of two academic essays, with a combined value of at least 40% of the course grade.
  • At least three other evaluations, such as writing assignments, tests, and oral reports.
  • At least 15% of the course grade will be based on in-class writing.

Writing Competency Bar

A student must achieve a grade of C- or better (on first submission) on at least one of the academic essays in order to achieve a grade of better than P for the course.

Learning Outcomes


The successful student should be able to

1) read attentively and receptively;

2) read with a sensitivity to language, including a recognition and understanding of the difference between denotation and connotation;

3) recognize and understand the device of irony;

4) recognize and understand such speech elements as dialogue, monologue, and soliloquy;

5) recognize and understand character elements;

6) recognize and understand such structural elements as plot, multiple plot, conflict, and exposition;

7) recognize and understand some elements of stagecraft; and

8) understand the influence of a live audience on elements of the play.



The successful student should be able to

1) pre-write by using devices such as informal and formal outlines;

2) develop an essay through multiple drafts and respond effectively to commentary on his or her written work;

3) develop and use a thesis;

4) develop a unified and coherent essay;

5) comprehend the nature of literary evidence and use this type of evidence effectively and correctly; and

6) write with a thematic focus.

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

Sample Reading List:

Fugard, My Children, My Africa

Highway, The Rez Sisters

Anne-Marie MacDonald, Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet

Miller, The Crucible

Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet

Wertenbaker, Our Country's Good



A minimum score of Writing Skills Review on the Douglas College Writing Assessment or equivalents as listed in the College calendar.                                                                    


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for ENGL 1151
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO ENGL 1st (3)

Course Offerings

Fall 2022