The Tragedy of King Richard II
Theatre 250/376 Seminar
Excuses dues to illness, injury, or family emergency must be submitted in writing (not email), preferably with some sort of verification. Do not assume an excuse will be acceptable. Absences on days when you are to make a presentation will be dealt with rather harshly.
Decorum and Expectations
Take care of all personal needs BEFORE entering the classroom — yes, this means that you should use the bathroom BEFORE class, not during class. It is simply rude to walk out of the classroom. If you are ill or have an emergency, please be considerate and exit and reenter as unobtrusively as possible. DO NOT ENTER OR EXIT THE ROOM WHEN ANYONE IS PERFORMING.
Should you know you will be absent or if you must leave class early, try to let me know before hand.
Smoking, eating and drinking are not permitted in class. Feel free to bring a water bottle.
Expect to spend (on average) at least 4 hours each week working on this class in addition to scheduled class meetings, rehearsals, studying lines, and all production work. This will involve assigned reading, research and writing.
It is expected that you will do your own work. Please realize that plagiarism is a violation of the Honor Code. Refer to the Skidmore College Guide to Writing for further information on plagiarism. If it is discovered that you have taken your work from another source (a document or another student's work), you will receive an "F" for the assignment. There may also be additional action taken by the Dean of Studies Office.
Assignments must be submitted on time.
Grades will drop a letter grade for each day that an assignment is late.
Assignments must be typed (using a word processor) and double spaced on 8 1/2" x 11" white paper.
I expect "college-level" writing (well-organized, clear and concise, correctly punctuated and spelled, grammatically correct). Be particularly carefully about avoiding incomplete sentences. Proofread all work carefully before submitting. Assignments should be reasonably neat. Plan ahead to avoid late projects due to computer or printer problems.
Texts and Materials
Yes, I realize that you will all have rehearsal scripts. This is what we'll be using as a study text. We will be using the introduction and glossary notes and it helps if we're all literally on the same page. This is a good, yet inexpensive series of Shakespeare.
During the course additional readings will be posted online on the Materials Page.
Note: Final grade will be adjusted downward for excessive lateness or absences exceeding two class sessions.
Most of your grade is based on subjective material. I am not grading your talent, but your willingness to work, your ability to acquire concepts,apply them and make adjustments. Rarely is there a single correct way of doing anything, but there are lots of incorrect ways of doing things. Not meeting the criteria listed above is a sure way to reduce your grade.
Office hours are listed on the home page, but it is always best to make an appointment. I can generally speak to you immediately after class. My office is Room 237 of the Bernhard Theatre (second floor - first door on the left at the top of the stairs).
The best way to be assured of a response is to contact me via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Throughout the semester I will use college email and/or the course Materials page to notify or remind you of various things. Email wil be sent only to your college email account. If you use another account, figure out how to link this to your Skidmore account or check your Skidmore account.
If you come to class regularly,
do your work conscientiously, fulfill all assigned work (on time) and
participate in class you will have a hard time earning lower than a B.
I am thrilled to be able to give A´s and I hate to fail students
-- The grade you receive is grade you earn. Best of luck, and have
© Lary Opitz 2008