THTR 204: Swedish Theater Sweden

THTR 204 (4 credits)

Swedish Theater

3 weeks in Sweden, one week on campus

Professor Shawn Evans

This course provides students the opportunity to develop a method for critically analyzing a theatrical production with an emphasis on the extent to which the Swedish cultural and social context impacts the production. Aristotle describes theater as the imitation of human action. As artists create their unique imitation of human action, their culture, environment and personal experience influence their work. Students learn to identify the critical elements of a country's cultural identity, and how theatrical performance reflects the elements of a particular cultural identity. Students study both historical and contemporary theater production in Sweden, along with the political, economic and social influences that shape the country's theater productions. Students have the opportunity to work one on one with Swedish theater students and experience the educational environment, rigor and professional orientation of a Swedish theater training program. By the end of the course, students will have honed their ability to analyze critically and gain an appreciation of the influence of culture on theatrical expression.

Prerequisite: THTR 203 (1 credit) Study Abroad Preparation -Swedish Theater, Winter 2016. The course fulfills FDR (HA).

Program Fee (paid to W&L):  $4,360. This includes accommodation in a hotel and breakfast each day; group meals; fees and tickets.

Estimated Other Expenses: Airfare - $1,200; other meals - $1,000; pocket money - $200.

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