Science, Drama and the Power of the Inquisitive Mind (DRA2259.01)

Dina Janis & John Bullock

“Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so” Galileo
“To be or not to be, that is the question” Shakespeare

How do the worlds of science and theatre connect and what do they share? What is the role of the revolutionary thinker in society? We will study a variety of dramatic texts that look at these questions, exploring the nature of the inquisitive mind and its relationship to social, cultural and political systems throughout history.

In this class co-taught by Drama Faculty -Dina Janis and Science Faculty- John Bullock, students will explore the worlds of science through the reading of a canon of plays that share science as a theme. The goal of the class is to engage in an in-depth exploration of this canon of playwriting as well as to investigate the scientific ideas, principles and biographies explored in this canon of plays. Students will have the opportunity for independent as well as collaborative work that will allow them to investigate, research and respond creatively to the ideas and themes explored. Course work will involve weekly reading and research, and several unit projects throughout the term.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will practice skills of inquiry, engagement and communication through regular class discussion and reading. Students will be asked to do extensive research, work collaboratively as well as independently, and create project work which will be shared in the class for feedback.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 8:30AM - 10:20AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Drama , Fully In-Person , Science and Mathematics