Level 4 (30 credits)

This introductory module offers students the opportunity to study Shakespeare's plays in their original theatrical and historical contexts. The teaching is delivered as lectures followed by small-group seminars. Lectures combine close reading of the texts with video clips of productions, to encourage the students to read the plays not just as words on the page but as live events in the theatre. The small-group seminars concentrate on close reading. The assessments ask you to analyse and contextualise selected passages from the plays and to write essays based on analysis of particular scenes.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

Why take

  • Study the plays of the most famous writer in the world.
  • Go on a theatre visit and study day to the Globe Theatre.
  • Be taught by some of the world's leading Shakespeare scholars.
Learning Context Lecture + Seminar
Semester One
  1. Written Assignment 1 (1500 words), 40%
  2. Written Assignment 2 (2500 words), 60%

Mode of reassessment Standard