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2012/13 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL3017 Shakespeare

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Nicholas Ray
Email: n.j.ray@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2012/13

Pre-requisite qualifications

Grade 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 replaces

ENGL2017 Shakespeare

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This 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.

Objectives

The 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.

Learning outcomes
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 outcomes
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.
Time management and organisational skills.
Independent learning.


Syllabus

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.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture221.0022.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours168.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading, seminar preparation and essay writing

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contribution to seminars.

Unassessed assignment.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 15 mins100.00
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 list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/02/2013

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