Social change, even revolutionary change, occurs in a variety of venues: in the home, at places of worship and on the streets. These connected courses allow students to examine many types of social movements and change, both in the U.S. and globally, and to compare and reflect on the methods of protest that are used in them. Students will study and analyze controversial issues involving racial, ethnic and national identity, as well as religion, sexuality and class, all of which shape our culture.
THEA 215 - Theatre and Social Change, is the required course in this connection. By completing one or more of the history and sociology courses, students will have an opportunity to apply historical and social perspectives and pertinent theories of social change to their understanding of the theatre as a tool for conflict resolution. And they will consider how individualized, dramatized stories can realize or perform social issues in the theatre.
In addition to the theatre course, students must take one or two other courses to complete either a two- or three-course connection. Note, however, that only one sociology course will count in the connection.
This may be completed as a two- or three-course connection. A two-course connection must link courses from at least two different areas; a three-course connection must link courses from three areas.