ENGL 1107 - Shakespeare
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code ENGL 1107 Course Shakespeare Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Course Description This course will look closely at four Shakespeare plays, one each from the major genres of tragedy, comedy, history, and romance. The plays to be studied will vary from year to year depending on participating staff members. Topics covered will include character, form, spectacle, theme, sources, the original conditions of production, and the reproduction of Shakespeare's plays in a contemporary context. Students will be introduced to a range of critical approaches to Shakespeare's plays, and be encouraged to reflect on questions of canonicity, cultural value and authority, and the politics of production and reproduction. Film and TV adaptations of the plays may be used to enhance discussion and reflection. The course is suitable for students with little or no prior knowledge of Shakespeare and also for those wishing to become more familiar with the playwright's work. It may be studied as a 'one off' course or for the sound basis it will provide for studying some of the advanced courses offered by the Discipline of English, such as Old Texts Made New: Literary Imitation and Allusion, Tragedy, Renaissance Writing and Adaptation.
Course Coordinator: Dr Lucy PotterThis course will look closely at four Shakespeare plays, one each from the major genres of tragedy, comedy, history, and romance. The plays to be studied will vary from year to year depending on participating staff members. Topics covered will include character, form, spectacle, theme, sources, the original conditions of production, and the reproduction of Shakespeare's plays in a contemporary context. Students will be introduced to a range of critical approaches to Shakespeare's plays, and be encouraged to reflect on questions of canonicity, cultural value and authority, and the politics of production and reproduction. Film and TV adaptations of the plays may be used to enhance discussion and reflection. The course is suitable for students with little or no prior knowledge of Shakespeare and also for those wishing to become more familiar with the playwright's work. It may be studied as a 'one off' course or for the sound basis it will provide for studying some of the advanced courses offered by the Discipline of English, such as Old Texts Made New: Literary Imitation and Allusion, Tragedy, Renaissance Writing and Adaptation.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Understand and interpret Shakespearean drama 2 Undertake textual analysis of Shakespeare's plays 3 Explain key terms, concepts and dramatic genres in Shakespeare's plays 4 Read and interpret criticism and apply it within an academic argument 5 Locate and access primary and secondary sources 6 Write logical and coherent arguments based on evidence, and engage in critical debate 7 Work with others in the exploration of ideas and to collectively negotiate solutions to problems 8 Evaluate Shakespeare's contribution to the English language, and to the development of modern thought 9 Use technologies relevant to the University learning environment
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 3, 4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 5, 8 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 4, 8 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6, 7 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 9 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 6
Required ResourcesPrimary texts:
Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ed. Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen. RSC* edition. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2008.
— Othello. Ed. Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen. RSC edition. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2009.
— The Winter’s Tale. Ed. Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen. RSC edition. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2009.
— King Henry V. Ed. Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen. RSC edition. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2010.
*RSC = Royal Shakespeare Company.
Sequencing: as above
The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare. Ed. Margreta de Grazia and Stanley Wells. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Recommended ResourcesThe English homepage on the Barr Smith Library site has an excellent section on resources for the study of Shakespeare and his work. Click on the following link:
Online LearningThe English homepage on the Barr Smith Library site has an excellent section on resources for the study of Shakespeare and his work. Click on the following link:
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents are expected to know the four set plays thoroughly. Lectures will cover broad topics, such as genre, canonicity, and the original conditions of production while allowing for more than one perspective on each play to be articulated. Seminars will involve close reading and other textual tasks that will increase students’ knowledge of the plays, encourage students to actively participate in literary criticism, explore areas of interest to them, and increase their confidence in dealing with unfamiliar language. Discrete seminar tasks will increase understanding by moving from particular examples to general topics and concepts, and will introduce students to Shakespeare’s contribution to the English language and its development. To enhance students’ appreciation of the texts as plays, students will engage in reading aloud and short performances of selected scenes.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Students will commit a total of 156 hours over the semester.
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1: Introduction
Week 2: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Week 3: Othello
Week 4: The Winter's Tale
Week 5: King Henry V
Week 6: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Week 7: Othello
Week 8: The Winter's Tale
Week 9: King Henry V
Week 10: Key Terms and Concepts: revision
Week 11: Key Terms and Concepts: revision
Week 12: Course consolifdation and exam revision
Small Group Discovery ExperienceTo be advised
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Assessment Task Task Type Learning Objectives Close Reading Exercise Summative 1, 2, 6, 9 Research Essay Summative 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 Journal Summative 1, 3, 5, 8, 9 Participation Formative 1, 3, 7, 8 Examination Summative 1, 2, 3, 6
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are expected to have read the four set plays before lectures begin. Note that attendance at seminars is expected.
Assessment DetailClose Reading
Students will be required to comment on a passage from a play they will have studied noting, for example, where the passage occurs, the themes it expresses, language use, and narrative significance to the play as a whole.
Students will be required to write a research essay on one of the set plays. (The essay MUST NOT be on the same play as the close reading exercise).
Essay questions: TBA.
Students will be provided with a number of short tasks as the basis for weekly journal entries (ten in total), which they will discuss in tutorials, revise, and submit for assessment.
Students will engage in supportive peer interaction in class activities, and in the co-operative sharing of materials and information.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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