First-year Seminar:

Class meets Monday, Wednesday 2:00PM - 03:15PM

Sawyer 133

Final Exam:

Friday 11:00AM - 01:30PM, Room

to be Announced

Zoom ID#: 617-347-0348

Professor Richard W. Chambers

Office: Sawyer 1228

Office Hours: By Appointment



Phone: 617-305-1722 (better to email me)     

Course Prerequisites: None

Credits: 4

Course Description:

This writing and script analysis intensive course will explore plays across a range of styles. We will study the scripts of several new plays and will view performances of those works or readings by playwrights and actors via zoom. Other activities may include conversations with theatre professionals, such as producers, directors, actors, designers, playwrights and critics, in order to lift the script off the page and provide a living experience of theatre.

The Playwright and the Stage

Policy on the use of AI:

This course is committed to academic integrity and the responsible use of AI technologies to enhance learning. Students are encouraged to use AI tools to supplement their learning experience and deepen their understanding of the subject matter, but they must not copy AI-generated content or rely solely on automated services. Students are expected to create their own work, demonstrating their understanding and insights, and they must properly attribute the sources or algorithms used when using AI technologies. Additionally, students must ensure that the use of AI tools aligns with the requirements of assignments or projects and that they apply their own judgment and critically analyze the AI-generated outcomes to contribute to their own learning and academic growth.

Any form of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration facilitated by AI, is strictly prohibited. Students who violate the academic honesty policy may be subject to disciplinary action, such as academic penalties or further consequences.

Here are some tips for using AI tools ethically in this course:

    Use AI tools to supplement your learning, not to replace it.

    Create your own work, and don’t copy AI-generated content.

    Properly attribute the sources or algorithms used when using AI technologies.

    Ensure that the use of AI tools aligns with the requirements of assignments or projects.

    Apply your own judgment and critically analyze the AI-generated outcomes.

Example (references)

“what would you cover to introduce first year business students to marketing?” prompt. ChatGPT4, May 15 version,

Artificial Intelligence – APA Citation Guide (APA 7th Edition) – LibGuides at Seneca Libraries (

Example (in-text citations)

Given the prompt “What are large language models?” the text generated by ChatGPT described them as “artificial intelligence systems that have been trained on vast amounts of text data, with the goal of understanding natural language and generating human-like responses to text-based inputs” (OpenAI, 2023).

When provided with a follow up prompt of “What are examples of large language models?” ChatGPTidentified OpenAI’s GPT-3, NVIDIA’s Megatron, and Google’s LaMDA as some of the examples of large language models (OpenAI, 2023; see Appendix A for the full transcript).