ENGL 2107 - Tragedy

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

Students will undertake a critical exploration of the theories and practices of tragedy from classical times to the present. Areas of investigation include but are not limited to: the history of tragedy and changing notions of the tragic; the formal qualities of tragedy; kinds of tragedy; the `death of tragedy; tragedy and discourses of the mind and body. Texts will be selected from the following list: Sophocles' Oedipus, Marlowe's 1Tamburlaine; Shakespeare's Hamlet; Goethe's Faust Part 1; Brecht's Mother Courage and her Children; Anouilh's Antigone; Miller's Death of a Salesman; Vickers' Where Three Roads Meet. Selected extracts from theoretical texts and additional materials will encourage students to explore tragedy in practices and theories (and countries and artistic movements) beyond those represented by the set texts.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 2107
    Course Tragedy
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study
    Course Description Students will undertake a critical exploration of the theories and practices of tragedy from classical times to the present. Areas of investigation include but are not limited to: the history of tragedy and changing notions of the tragic; the formal qualities of tragedy; kinds of tragedy; the `death of tragedy; tragedy and discourses of the mind and body. Texts will be selected from the following list: Sophocles' Oedipus, Marlowe's 1Tamburlaine; Shakespeare's Hamlet; Goethe's Faust Part 1; Brecht's Mother Courage and her Children; Anouilh's Antigone; Miller's Death of a Salesman; Vickers' Where Three Roads Meet. Selected extracts from theoretical texts and additional materials will encourage students to explore tragedy in practices and theories (and countries and artistic movements) beyond those represented by the set texts.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lucy Potter

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Read and interpret a selection of creative and theoretical texts central to the discourse of Tragedy
    2. Understand the major theoretical and critical movements as they apply to Tragedy
    3. Explain the interdisciplinary nature of the discourse of Tragedy
    4. Evaluate the selected texts within their historical contexts
    5. Undertake the formative stages of research, including an annotated bibliography
    6. Present persuasive and sustained written arguments based on research
    7. Contribute to group-based activities and work as a member of a team in the preparation and delivery of a seminar presentation
    8. Generate questions based on research
    9. Use technologies relevant to the preparation and completion of assessment tasks
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3, 4, 5, 8
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    6, 7, 8
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    7, 8, 9
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3, 4
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4, 7, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Primary texts:

    Plays

    Anouilh, Jean. Antigone. Trans. Lewis Galantiere. Publication details TBA
    Brecht, Bertolt. Mother Courage and her Children. Trans. John Willett (Penguin Classics, 2007).
    Marlowe, Christopher. Tamburlaine the Great Part 1. In The Complete Plays of Christopher Marlowe. Ed. Frank Romney and Robert Lindsay (Penguin Classics, 2003).
    Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays, 1976).
    Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Ed. Bate and Rasmussen (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2008). The Royal Shakespeare Company edition.
    Sophocles. Oedipus the King. In The Three Theban Plays, Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus. Trans. Robert Fagles (Penguin Classics, 1984).

    Sequencing: Sophocles, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Brecht, Anouilh, Miller

    Sequencing may be modified to take into account the availability of the set texts.

    Students may use other editions of all the set plays if they wish. 

    Other set texts

    Aristotle. The Poetics. Trans. Malcolm Heath (Penguin Classics, 1996). Students may use another edition if they wish.
    Eagleton, Terry. Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003).

    Reader

    A Reader containing critical readings will be available for purchase from the Image and Copy Centre before the semester commences. Readings will also be available online via MyUni.


    Recommended Resources
    Barr Smith Library resources: TBA
    Eagleton, Terry. Sweet Violence: The Idea of the Tragic (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003).
    Online Learning
    Lectures will be recorded and made available to all students. The MyUni discussion board and/or blog will be used.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching and learning modes may include lectures, seminars and online activities.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students will commit the equivalent of 156 hours of study to this course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Learning activities may include face-to-face seminars, online activities, instructor-directed and student-directed research.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The small group discovery experience may be developed through student-led discussions, which may include face-toface and online settings. This course includes collaborative tasks.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Online quizzes
    Group research presentation
    Research essay including annotated bibliography
    Assessment Related Requirements
    TBA
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Online quizzes Summative

    TBA

    30% 1, 2, 3
    Group research presentation Formative and summative To be scheduled during seminars 20% 3, 4, 7, 8, 9
    Research essay including annotated bibliography Formative and summative End of semester 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9
    Submission
    Wherever possible, assessment tasks will be submitted via Turnitin, or equivalent.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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