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2012/13 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
20 creditsClass Size: 100
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Module manager: Dr Nicholas Ray
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2012/13
Pre-requisite qualificationsGrade B at 'A' Level in English Language or Literature or equivalent or an achieved mark of 56 or above in a Level 1 module in English.
PLEASE NOTE:- This module is restricted to Level 3 students.
Module replacesENGL2017 Shakespeare
This module is approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module offers students the chance to read a significant number of Shakespeare's plays, and to explore a variety of critical pproaches to them. Eight plays in all are studied, chosen to reflect the variety of Shakespeare's output across the full range of genres and the full chronological extent of his career. We read two history plays, two comedies, three tragedies and one of the late 'romances'. These are grouped into sequences designed to highlight significant contrasts and continuities within Shakespeare's output, both in terms of their stagecraft and style, and their thematic content. The module begins with detailed work on Othello, allowing a single play to be studied intensively from a variety of different perspectives. The aim of the lectures will be to draw out the many kinds of attention that can be brought to the plays: as texts, as scripts for performance, as works produced within a specific historical context, and as the objects of very different kinds of critical appropriation.
ObjectivesThe purpose of this module is to encourage students to think carefully about a representative range of Shakespeare's plays; to develop their critical understanding of the texts and to explore the social, intellectual and cultural contexts in which they were produced.
Skills outcomes and Graduate Attributes
In terms of Academic Excellence this module develops critical thinking, flexibility of thought and analytical skills. It supports and develops the ability to work autonomously, initiative, planning and organisational skills. Students will learn to analyse information, synthesise views and make connections; students will be critically aware of, and be informed by, current knowledge; and will develop research skills. In short:
- Skills for effective communication, oral and written.
- Capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse.
- Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
- Capacity for independent thought and judgement.
- Critical reasoning.
- Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
- IT skills.
- Time management and organisational skills.
- Independent learning.
Skills for effective communication, oral and written.
Capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse.
Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
Capacity for independent thought and judgement.
Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
Time management and organisational skills.
Time management and organisational skills.
Eight of Shakespeare's plays will be set for study. The module will be arranged to encourage students to develop a variety of critical approaches to the texts, both encouraging detailed and careful engagement with individual plays, and enabling a wider comparative perspective upon Shakespeare's work. Lectures and seminars will aim to draw out the many different kinds of attention that can be brought to the plays: as texts, as scripts for performance, as works produced within a specific historical context, and as the objects of very different kinds of critical appropriation.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||168.00|
|Total Contact hours||32.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyReading, seminar preparation and essay writing
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackContribution to seminars.
Methods of assessment
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||3 hr 15 mins||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||100.00|
One unassessed essay of approximately 1700 words (including quotations and footnotes) is required, for which the deadline is given in the Undergraduate Student Handbook. This does not form part of the examination for this module, but is a module requirement and MUST be submitted. Students who fail to submit the unassessed essay will be awarded a maximum mark of 40 for the module (a bare Pass). 15
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 15/02/2013
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