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EL10501: Shakespeare

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Academic Skills Centre
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (CW 25%)
  • Presentation (CW 25%)
  • Timed Essay (CW 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: This unit is solely for Socrates-Erasmus, Exchange and Visiting students.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce students to the works of William Shakespeare in their literary and historical contexts.

Learning Outcomes:
Having completed this unit students will be able to:
* identify characteristics of Shakespearean comedy
* identify characteristics of Shakespearean tragedy
* make connections between Shakespeare's works and their historical, political, social, philosophical, religious, national, literary, artistic and theatrical contexts
* apply a variety of methods of critical theory to Shakespeare's works
* analyse Shakespeare's use of language
* undertake close textual analysis of Shakespeare's work analyse
* Shakespeare's use of history (with particular reference to "the Tudor myth")
* identify source material for Shakespeare's work
* identify characteristics of Renaissance thought
* identify trends, features, factions and personalities of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I
* discuss Shakespeare's plays as both texts and theatrical performance pieces
* discuss possibilities for production and adaptation of Shakespeare’s work
* introduce and discuss individually researched material to others.

Having completed this unit students will be able to:
* introduce individually researched material to other students (F/A)
* apply a variety of methods of critical analysis to texts (F/A)
* give seminar presentations, learning to suit their material to their audience and to lead discussion and encourage participation (F/A).

Three Shakespeare plays will be studied: one comedy, one tragedy, one history play. (If time permits, a 'problem' play will be included). Final choice will depend on:
* current productions and film versions, which students will be encouraged to see
* students' existing knowledge of Shakespeare's plays: (so that they are not repeating material already studied).
Film versions of specific plays will be watched and discussed.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

EL10501 is Optional on the following programmes:

English Language Centre
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.