ENGL 1109 - Beginning Shakespeare
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code ENGL 1109 Course Beginning 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 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible ENGL 1107; ENGL 2216 Course Description This course will look closely at four Shakespeare plays, one each from the major genres of comedy, tragedy, tragi-comedy (romance), and history. Topics covered will include character, form, spectacle, theme, sources, the original conditions of production and performance, 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 will be encouraged to reflect on questions of canonicity, cultural value and authority, and the politics of production and reproduction. The course is suitable for students with little or no prior knowledge of Shakespeare, those wishing to become more familiar with the playwright's work, and those aiming to teach Shakespeare.
Course Coordinator: Dr Lucy Potter
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Read 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 in an academic argument 5 Locate and access primary and secondary sources 6 Write logical, coherent, and persuasive arguments based on evidence, and engage in scholarly debate 7 Work with others in the exploration of ideas and collectively negotiate solutions to problems 8 Evaluate Shakespeare's contribution to the English language and the development of modern thought 9 Use technologies relevant to the University learning environment 10
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, 3, 5 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
2, 4, 6, 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, 9 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 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
7, 8 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
Required ResourcesPrimary Texts:
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Winter's Tale
King Henry V
The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice
Recommended ResourcesThe Barr Smith Library Libguide for the course
Oxford English Dictionary (online)
Open Source Shakespeare (online)
Online LearningRelevant online learning resources to be provided throughout. All lectures recorded and available on MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesOne formal lecture per week followed by a two-hour workshop with a variety of activities, such as exploration of key terms and concepts, textual analysis tasks, the 'translation' of passages into performance, and role play. Supported by online quizzes and activities.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students will commit to the equivalent of 156 hours per semester.
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1: Introduction, How to Read a Shakespeare Play
Week 2: A Midsummer Night's Dream #1
Week 3: Othello #1
Week 4: The Winter's Tale #1
Week 5: Henry V #1
Week 6: Staging, Key Terms and Concepts #1
Week 7: A Midsummer Night's Dream #2
Week 8: Othello #2
Week 9: The Winter's Tale #2
Week 10: King Henry V #2
Week 11: Key Terms and Concepts #2
Week 12: Conclusion and course consolidation
Specific Course RequirementsStudents must attend both the lecture and the workshop each week in order to pass the course.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSmall group discovery experience is developed around textual analysis work, and key terms and concepts in the lecture and workshop settings. Face-to-face interactions with mentors throughout each session.
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Online quizzes Summative
Throughout the semester
20% 1, 3, 8 Textual analysis Formative and Summative Week 6 30% 1, 2, 6, 9 Essay Summative Week 10 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 Participation Formative and Summative Throughout the semester 10% 1, 2, 3, 7
Assessment Related RequirementsAll written assessment tasks must be attempted in order to pass the course.
Assessment DetailOnline quizzes: students will be required to complete 8 short online quizzes to test knowledge of all the set plays and set secondary resource - 20%
Textual analysis: students will be required to complete a textual analysis of a selected passage from one of the set plays of 800-1000 words - 30%
Research essay: students will be required to write a research essay of 1800-2000 words on a set play other than the one chosen for the textual analysis assignment - 40%
Participation: students will be required to work with others in the lecture and workshop settings to answer and/or explore key terms and performance options -10%
SubmissionOnline quizzes: answers submitted online
Written work: submission via Turnitin on MyUni
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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