ENG3110 - Shakespeare and his Universal Themes

Year of Study:3
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1100 Introduction to Literature,
ENG2100 Exploring the Genre of Poetry,
ENG2101 Exploring English Novels,
ENG2102 Drama and Theatre
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
This module is designed to introduce students to the plays and dramas of William Shakespeare, one of the most important writers in the history of the English language. This module will discuss the cultural context in which Shakespeare’s plays were originally written and performed, as well as historical and modern contexts in which Shakespeare’s work as been continually appreciated and reinterpreted. This model will discuss examples from four of the major types of Shakespearian drama: history, tragedy, comedy and romance plays. While developing an understanding of Shakespeare’s strategies and techniques for narrative and character development, and the universal themes from which his plays are developed, students will also develop a deeper level of cultural literacy in English speaking cultures, within which Shakespeare’s plays have remained relevant for more than four hundred years.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate through writing and class discussion an appreciation of specific Shakespearian plays representing the genres of history plays, tragedy, comedy and romance.

  2. demonstrate an awareness of a range of dramatic themes and methods from the material covered and an ability to relate them to their original and current social and cultural contexts.

  3. demonstrate a capacity to identify, address and inter-relate the appropriate interpretive and theoretical issues arising from Shakespearian drama and to produce critically informed analyses.

  4. transfer above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate a sustained analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material in a wider cultural and intellectual context.

  5. use e-learning platforms, such as the Moodle-based eCampus system, to participate in on-line guided class discussions, together with internet-based electronic tools for academic research.