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Thr 202 Culture and Style (formerly History of Styles)

CULTURE AND STYLE (formerly History of Styles)
Theatre 202-001
Mon/Wed/Fri: 9:10am – 10:10am
Room: ACW-16

Instructors: Kathleen Donnelly
424-7127 / Office ACW 220
Office hours: Tues: 8:00am-10:00am, Wed: 11:30-12:30 or by appointment

Roy Hoglund
424-7043 / Office ACW 222
Office hours: Tues/Thurs: 9:00am-10:30am or by appointment

Fall 2015
Web based movies with images related to lecture material will be made available to the students through the D2L website.
Play Reading:
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Course Description:

The Culture and Style course will explore the clothing, furniture, décor and architecture of cultures from Ancient Egypt to 20th Century. Why did certain styles in fashion and architecture develop? How did the cultural practices of the people in the country affect these decisions? Do class structure, and politics have an impact on style trends?

Value of a Liberal Education: Liberal Education is an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) as well as in depth study in a specific area of interest. A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, analytical and problem- solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real0 world settings (AAC&U;

Connection to this course: Theatre is a collaborative creative process requiring a broad knowledge of the human condition to be successful. The importance of theatre in society is well documented, and understanding the role it plays in society contributes to the development of a well-rounded citizen. Theatre, as with all areas of the Liberal Arts, is most effectively employed when it is built on a broad base of knowledge.

In this course we will explore cultural values and history, as well as the arts, as we discuss and learn about the changing style of fashion and architectural elements. How did politics and power define the architecture, interior décor and fashion? What were the impacts in society and its class structure?

LEARNING OUTCOMES AND CORE ABILITIES: After taking this course you should be able to: Understand the architecture, décor and fashion trends in the major historical periods of drama. Gain knowledge of the research tools available for use in theatre design. Engage in cultural, visual and literary research, and create a design research collage.

Gain a cultural awareness of ethnic and regional differences through the medium of theatre. Understand the cultural history that influenced style in the different time periods. Compare different cultures and understand how basic beliefs influenced their styles. Use critical and creative thinking relating culture and style to dramatic texts.

Communicate in ways that honor diversity.

EARLY ALERT: After the third week of class, you will receive a grade for your overall progress in this course and each of the courses you are taking. This process is called “Early Alert.” You will receive this information in an email during the 5th week of classes. Early Alert is designed to help you evaluate your study skills and your class attendance so that you know if you are on the right track. If you need to make some changes, there are resources available to support your academic success. These Early Alert grades are not permanent and will not appear on your transcript.

In this course, your Early Alert Grade will be assessed based on the project Design Your Own Pyramid based on the lecture and discussion on the culture and style of Ancient Egypt.

E-PORTFOLIO: As you move through your courses at UW Oshkosh, you will archive your learning in an ePortfolio. The ePortfolio can be found in D2L. The ePortfolio will help you keep track of papers, speeches, reports, projects, and other assignments, so that you can see your progress and connect ideas across different classes. You can continue to use this portfolio in your major classes, so that you are ready for your Capstone course or experience as you near graduation. In this course, a specific assignment- Design Your Own Pyramid is designated for upload, to your ePortfolio.

In Project I, you will be required to create a visual research PowerPoint that you will place in your e- Portfolio- Design Your Own Pyramid. This assignment will explore cultural identity by developing your own personal pyramid using visual research. By creating this portfolio item, you will have a greater understanding of the traditions, culture, and style that create a cultural identity.

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES: All students will be required to attend two UWO Theatre Department productions during the semester. See schedule for dates of performances. A discussion of the theatrical experience will take place in the class following the closing of the show. Additional cultural experiences may be added based on availability during course offering.

CAMPUS RESOURCES: Please visit this resource page (or the D2L course page) to read about all the campus services available to support your success.

Center for Academic Resources: The Center for Academic Resources (CAR) provides free, confidential tutoring for students in most undergraduate classes on campus. CAR is located in the Student Success Center, Suite 102. Check the Tutor List page on CAR’s website ( for a list of tutors. If your course is not listed, click on a link to request one, stop by SSC 102 or call 424-2290. To schedule a tutoring session, simply email the tutor, let him/her know what class you are seeking assistance in, and schedule a time to meet.

Writing Center: The Writing Center helps students of all ability levels improve their writing. Trained peer consultants help writers understand an assignment, envision possibilities for a draft, and improve their writing process. They even help writers learn to identify their own proofreading errors. Students can make a free appointment or stop by to see whether a consultant is available. For more information, view their website (, call 920- 424-1152, email, or visit them in Suite 102 of the Student Success Center.

Reading Study Center: The Reading Study Center is an all-university service whose mission is to facilitate the development of efficient college-level learning strategies in students of all abilities. The center offers strategies for improved textbook study, time management, note taking, test preparation, and test taking. For more information, email, view the website ( , visit them in Nursing Ed Room 201, or call 424-1031

Polk Library offers many professional librarians who can help you find library resources for your research. Specifically, Ted Mulvey, the Information Literacy Librarian, is available to assist you as you access, evaluate, and use information in University Studies Program classes. Phone: 920-424-7329; email: You may also set up a research advisory session with a librarian at:

Polk Library/Information Literacy:


Exams will reflect material covered in class lectures and discussion. The three comprehensive exams divided as follows:

Exam 1: Classical Period to Early Renaissance, Exam 2: Late Renaissance to 18th Century, Exam 3: 19th Century to 20th Century.


There will be nine quizzes related to the class material covered in the class. These quizzes will be taken on- line through D2L during a prearranged time slot. See schedule for dates of exams.

Projects: There will be four projects in this class. See descriptions below.

Papers and Projects:

PROJECT 1: The Pyramid Project DUE 9/25

Based on the lecture given about culture of Ancient Egypt and the preservation of knowledge about their culture through the pyramids, the student will create a visual file of what their personal pyramid would look like and share this with the class.

Design Your Own Pyramid: (e-Portfolio and Early Alert Project) You will use your own family culture and history, along with personal style to create a visual scrapbook of what your pyramid would look like. What will people be able to ascertain about who you are based on what they find in your pyramid? Pyramid artifacts should include: A reflection of the culture and practices of your family, reflection of your own style for clothing and domestic artifacts. Images of cultural practices and styles will be compiled into a PowerPoint presentation that will be uploaded to D2L and e-portfolio and will be shared with other members of the class.

Assessment: The student will share their PowerPoint presentation with the class. Based on the feedback from the faculty, the student will finalize the PowerPoint presentation before downloading it into D2L/ e Portfolio. Feedback will be provided based on the depth of material as it relates to the students view of their pyramid.

PROJECT 2: Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet - DUE 11/9 and 11/11 In this project the student will use the play Romeo and Juliet to explore the differences in culture and style that often lead to prejudice and a breakdown in society.

Part A: Analysis and Concept Statement: The student will read the play and write a script analysis, answering questions on the handout provided. The student will then choose two distinct cultures that will reflect the two families, the Capulets and the Montagues that are the central groups of the play. The student will write a concept statement that outlines the premise of the play as it relates to the two distinct cultural groups.

Part B: Research: The student will use the concept developed in Part A to research the two cultures and their style in architecture, décor, furniture and fashion. The student should choose a time period for the two cultures and gather visual research documenting the style. Scenic: Choose one interior scene from the play. Research must include: a doorway, a window and furniture. The student must notate the images as to: the source of the image, and what scenic element is indicated by the image. Costume: Choose 4 characters from the play that represent the two families: 2 male and 2 female. Research must include costume, accessories and hairstyles. The student must notate the images as to: the source of the image, and what character would be wearing the costume/accessory indicated by the image.

This project must be formatted into a PowerPoint presentation, and submitted into a drop box on the D2L website. The presentation will be shared with the class in a presentation format. The PowerPoint must include the concept statement, primary research, annotated research, and include a bibliography of web sites used. Please remember that the file should be complete when you submit in the drop box.

PROJECT 3: 20th Century Design DUE 12/9 and 12/11

Choose a significant fashion designer, architect, style or movement in the twentieth century, and research the impact it had on design/style in the 20th Century. The person or movement, you choose to write about, can be American or from another culture as long as it is from the 20th Century. Write a four-page paper summarizing the significant design details of the movement in architecture, furniture and/or clothing, and include visual references as well as a bibliography of source material. For the 4-page paper visual images must be in a digital format, and the file needs to be saved as a .doc or .docx file or .pdf. Please remember that the file should be complete when you submit in the drop box. This file will be shared with the class on D2L.

A short presentation will be given in class. For the presentation, we recommend using a Powerpoint presentation format with images, clearly labeled, that you can use as a reference when you speak about the designer. The presentation will be 5-7 minutes and will not cover everything in your paper.

PROJECT 4: Research Morgue – Due dates are listed in the class schedule The student will create a research document for each time period covered in the syllabus. The research in this morgue must be different from the material already included in the Web-based movies provided by the instructors. A list of web sites is included for each time period to aid the student in this research. The research document will be submitted for each time period in a specific drop box on the D2L web site. There is only one submission allowed per time period, for a student. The images of the research must be in a digital format, and the file needs to be saved as a .docx file. Please remember that the file should be complete when you submit in the drop box. The following is required for each of the eight time periods covered:

A: Architecture or Furniture: One image of primary research with a notation of the artist, year of work and the name of the museum. Additionally, the student must write a short essay (one - two paragraphs) on the style of architecture/furniture represented in the artwork.

B: Clothing/Fashion: One image of primary research with a notation of the artist, year of work and the name of the museum. Additionally, the student must write a short essay (one – two paragraphs) on the style of clothing represented in the artwork.


Consistent attendance at all lectures is critical to the students understanding of the material. If a student is going to be absent for a lecture, they need to contact the professors in advance of the class. The student is also responsible for getting the lecture material that was covered. In general, two unexcused absences will not affect the grade, however unexcused absences in excess of two will decrease your overall grade by two points for each absence thereafter. Because it is important to keep up with the time schedule allotted, no late projects will be accepted.


Grades will be weighted as follows:

Exam 1 10%
Exam 2 10%
Final Exam 10%
Quizzes 10%
Project 1: The Pyramid Project 10%
Project 2: Romeo and Juliet 15%
Project 3: 20th C Design 15%
Project 4: Research Morgue 10%
Cultural Experience 10%



Mon 7-Sep Labor Day
Wed 9-Sep Introduction to the Course Auditions: Our Town
Fri 11-Sep Classical Period: Architecture, Furniture & Décor Theatre Open House
Mon 14-Sep Visit to Downton Abbey Costume Exhibit at Paine Museum
Wed 16-Sep Classical Period: Fashion & Accessories
Fri 18-Sep Classical Period Research Day Quiz Classical
Mon 21-Sep Medieval Period: Fashion & Accessories
Wed 23-Sep Medieval Period: Architecture, Furniture and Décor Study Abroad Fair
Fri 25-Sep Discussion Groups: Personal Pyramid - ePortfolio Project ePortfolio Project due in Dropbox
Mon 28-Sep Medieval Period Research Day

Quiz: Medieval
Auditions: These Shining Lives

Wed 30-Sep Early Renaissance: Architecture, Furniture and Décor

Theatre Major/Minor Meeting

Friday 2-Oct Early Renaissance: Fashion & Accessories
Mon 5-Oct Early Renaissance Research Day Quiz-Early Rennaissance
Wed 7-Oct Discussion Groups: Social Classes & Culture/ Exam #1 Review
Fri 9-Oct EXAM #1 - Computer Lab Morgue: Classical to Early Ren due
Mon 12-Oct Late Renaissance: Architecture, Furniture and Décor
Wed 14-Oct Late Renaissance: Fashion & Accessories *Attend performance of Our Town
Fri 16-Oct Late Renaissance Research Day Quiz: Late Renaissance
Mon 19-Oct Intro to Project 2/ Conceptualizing Romeo & Juliet
Wed 21-Oct 17th Century: Architecture, Furniture and Décor
Fri 23-Oct 17th Century: Fashion & Accessories
Mon 26-Oct 17th Century Research Day Quiz: 17th Century
Auditions: Clybourne Park
Wed 28-Oct 18th Century: Architecture, Furniture and Décor
Fri 30-Oct 18th Century: Fashion & Accessories
Mon 2-Nov 18th Century Research Day Quiz: 18th Century
Wed 4-Nov Discussion Groups: Rulers/Impacts on Culture/ Exam #2 review
Fri 6-Nov EXAM #2 - Computer Lab Morgue: Late Ren thru 18th C due
Fri 13-Nov Early 19th Century: Architecture, Furniture and Décor
Mon 16-Nov Early 19th Century: Fashion & Accessories
Wed 18-Nov Early 19th Century Research Day Quiz: Early 19th Century
Fri 20-Nov Late 19th Century: Architecture, Furniture and Décor *Attend Performance of These Shining Lives
Mon 23-Nov Late 19th Century: Fashion & Accessories
Mon 30-Nov Discussion Groups: Industrial Revolution & Impact on Style
Wed 2-Dec Late 19th Century Research Day/ Project 3 Workday

Quiz: Late 19th Century

Fri 4-Dec 20th Century: Architecture, Furniture and Décor
Mon 7-Dec 20th Century: Fashion and Accessories
Wed 9-Dec PRESENTATION: PROJECT #3 - 20th Century Design - Group B
Fri 11-Dec PRESENTATION: PROJECT #3 - 20th Century Design - Group A Quiz: 20th Century
Mon 14-Dec Review for Final Exam Morgue: Early 19th - Late 19th C due
Wed 16-Dec FINAL EXAM - Computer Lab
Fri 18-Dec Final Class Meeting
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