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Module Code: ENG004
Module Title: Thinking Shakespeare
Module Level: Level 0
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: English
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module introduces students to Shakespeare, focusing on the ideas, stories, and characters in the plays. Students will consider issues of reception and adaptation, and will encounter the processes of feeling, thinking, reflecting, and learning in Shakespeare – from romantic infatuation to implacable revenge. By watching filmed productions, studying short textual extracts, and by discussing and writing about Shakespeare’s plays, learners will develop skills in critical thinking and persuasive writing, and engage in an imaginative way with the importance of making plans and building strategies.

Overall the module aims to:

• Introduce students to Shakespeare’s plays, covering some texts which are common cultural reference points;

• Provide frameworks for thinking about and interpreting Shakespeare’s plays and other imaginative texts

• Encourage consideration of relationships between texts and contexts, in international and historical perspectives

• Encourage original, detailed, and persuasive responses to texts

Learning outcomes 

A. read and respond to literary texts in English

B. relate literary texts to relevant contexts and concepts

C. develop reflective accounts of thought and action in Shakespeare’s poems and plays

D. produce academic writing at CEFR B2 level

Method of teaching and learning 

Delivery sessions consist of a weekly 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour seminar. Hour 1 of the Lecture session will be delivered by the Language Centre, with a language/study-skills focus. Hour 2 will be delivered by staff from the Dept. of English, with a subject/discipline focus. The 1-hour Seminar session will be delivered by the LC.

In general, lectures introduce relevant language, skills, knowledge and ideas. Seminars facilitate discussions and activities in relation to lecture content, oriented towards assessment tasks.

There will also be optional film screenings outside of delivery hours.
Texts are subject to change.

The plays to be covered include: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear. Poems to be covered include a selection of the Sonnets.

Syllabus content will vary according to the expertise of the module leader(s). Topics covered in seminars might include: Shakespeare’s characters (representing thinking), Shakespeare in performance, Shakespeare’s texts, Shakespeare’s language, Shakespeare’s genres, Shakespeare’s sources, Shakespeare’s contexts, Shakespeare’s afterlives and receptions.

Themed input sessions might include: Love, Family, Ambition, Power, Time, Revenge, Ghosts, Endings and Beginnings.

Tutorials should give students an opportunity to develop language skills and intellectual skills in relation to seminar content.

Optional screenings will make use of appropriate film adaptations, with a mix of direct and loose, classic and modern, English and ‘foreign’ language, conservative and radical versions.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 13   13        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Portfolio 50.00
2 Coursework 50.00

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