American Drama (ELIT333) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
American Drama ELIT333 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Demonstration, Discussion, Question and Answer.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
Course Objectives To familiarize students with 20th century and contemporary American drama and its major playwrights.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Learn about the rise of American drama, the movements that have been influential and major playwrights and their work.
  • Read American plays and in so doing learn not only about American drama but American society and history as well.
Course Content The historical development of American theater and the analyses of plays by major playwriters.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction, theatre in America before 1900s, the birth of American theater, the little theater movement Reading the Introductory chapters from The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre
2 Eugene O'neill Emperor Jones (Expressionism, race, Jungian archetypes, language) Reading: Emperor Jones
3 Elmer Rice The Adding Machine, Sophie Traedwell Machinal Reading: Machinal ve The Adding Machine
4 Awake and Sing- Clifford Odets Reading and research: Awake and Sing
5 The Death of a Salesman- Arthur Milller Reading and research: The Death of a Salesman
6 Tennessee Willliams- A streetcar Named Desire Reading and research: A streetcar Named Desire
7 Midterm Review of the plays
8 Dutchman- Amiri Baraka Reading and research: Dutchman
9 Calm Down Mother- Megan Terry Reading and research: Calm Down Mother
10 Henry David Hwang- M. Butterfly Reading and research: M. Butterfly
11 M. Butterfly Reading and research: M. Butterfly
12 Movie- (Cat on a Hot, Tin Roof or Children's Hour) Research: Cat on a Hot, Tin Roof or Children's Hour
13 Oleanna-David Mamet Reading and research: Oleanna
14 Midterm Revision
15 review Review
16 Fİnal


Other Sources 1. Contemporary American Drama, C.W.E Bigsby (3 vols)
2. Companion to Twentieth century American Drama, Colin Chambers (2002)
3. Types of Drama: Plays and Contexts, Sylvan Barnet, Morton Berman (1997)

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation 1 5
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics 2 5
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 50
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 6 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To be able to use English language competently concerning four basic skills, namely listening, reading, speaking, and writing X
2 To have extensive theoretical knowledge about English literature. X
3 To gain knowledge about literary theories and to be able to apply these theories to various literary texts X
4 To acquire detailed knowledge about British culture in all its aspects X
5 To be able to compare and contrast English literature with other literatures through works from different periods and genres. X
6 To be able to compare and contrast British culture with other cultures X
7 To plan, organize, and conduct the activities related to the field X
8 To acquire the skills of creative, critical, and analytical thinking X
9 To gain knowledge about how to conduct an academic research and to use the acquired knowledge in accordance with the purpose of the research X
10 To acquire professional ethics and to use them in the process of research and production X
11 The ability to translate various kinds of texts from different disciplines both from English into Turkish and from Turkish into English X
12 To get prepared for professional life by developing a sense of responsibility through individual tasks and group projects X
13 To be able to understand and decipher various discourses involved in literature such as literary, philosophical, psychological, cultural, critical and theoretical discourses in English language X
14 To be able to understand and be a part of world culture X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 2 28
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics 2 5 10
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 2 10 20
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 20 20
Total Workload 126