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Title page of an antique book.  The title says 'The Plays of Shakespeare' with an iconic ink drawing of Shakespeare underneath.
Deepen your knowledge of Britain's most influential playwright

On this 11-week course you will study, in depth, three works by Shakespeare: a comedy, a tragedy or history, and a selection of the sonnets.

Course objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify characteristics of Shakespearean genres
  • make connections between Shakespeare's works and their historical, political, social, philosophical, religious, national, literary, artistic and theatrical contexts
  • analyse Shakespeare's use of language
  • identify source material for Shakespeare's work
  • discuss Shakespeare's plays as both texts and theatrical performance pieces
  • engage critically with perspectives on Shakespeare’s works.

Course information

The Semester 1 course runs from week 1 to week 11: Wednesday 4 October to 13 December 2023 from 11.15am to 1.05pm. Classes take place in person on campus.

Before signing up, please make sure that the day and time of the course do not clash with your academic timetable by checking MyTimetable.

Please note, information about our British Studies courses may be subject to change. We continue to improve our courses and your teaching and learning experience, so you gain skills and understanding which are valuable to you and sought after by employers.

Before you register for the course, please check this webpage for the most up-to-date course information. Once you have registered, we will inform you if there are any significant changes.


This course carries six credits. To be awarded credits, a minimum of 80% attendance is required.

Booking for this course is now closed.

Student experience

Hear what students Felisa and Xu say about the British Studies courses.


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