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THTRFLM 3AA3 Modern European Drama

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Joseph Sokalski


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 510

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27664

Office Hours: Thursdays 12:30-13:20

Course Objectives:

THTR&FLM 3AA3 is a study of representative dramas and theatre productions that highlight the
diversity of plays on the twentieth-century European stage. The plays chosen represent the work of established writers,
including: Brecht, Sartre, Ionesco, Pinter, Handke, and Stoppard.

Through the use of a mid-term test, a term essay and a final examination the
student will demonstrate the degree to which they have mastered his or her analytical ability and understanding of the
course content described above.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

THTR&FLM 3AA3 Course Reader

Method of Assessment:

Students in this course will receive a midterm grade of at least 10% by November 10, 2017

1. Mid-Term Test On October 17, 2017 =20%
2. Term Essay Due November 14, 2017 =30%
3. Final Examination Between Dec. 8-21, 2017 =40%

4. Participation & Attendance (based on entire term’s performance) =10%

Grading Scale: A+ 90-100 B+ 77-79 C+ 67-69 D+ 57-59
A 85-89 B 73-76 C 63-66 D 53-56
A- 80-84 B- 70-72 C- 60-62 D- 50-52 F 0-49

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

A penalty of two marks will be imposed for every academic day assignments are late.
Late assignments will receive a grade but no comment.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

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Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

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Modification of course outlines

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McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

See syllabus for reading schedule of plays by authors noted above.

Other Course Information:

Pre-requisite: Registration in Level II or above.
Format: One seminar (two hours), plus weekly play readings/screenings (two hours); one term