Shakespeare's Plays - 2017

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Unit summary

HUM701

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (30%) , Essay 2 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

The purpose of the unit is to provide an overview of Shakespeare's dramatic achievement, and to engage with it at first hand, by reading and studying a representative selection of half a dozen of his best known plays. The main emphasis will be on reading and responding to each of the plays in terms of their meaning and relevance for the world of the 21st century; but some work will also be done on their relation to the culture and politics of the English Renaissance (when they were first written and performed), and on their 'appropriation' by audiences and readers in later periods. It will attempt to 'demystify' Shakespeare's work while at the same time acknowledging and beginning to appreciate the unique power which gave rise to its mystique.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. write clear and cogent literary criticism
  2. understand and think through complex ethical questions
  3. engage in intellectual reasoning at an improved level
  4. successfully undertake literary-historical research
  5. speak with some authority about Shakespeare's major plays
  6. write and orally communicate effectively.
  • Essay 1 (30%)
  • Essay 2 (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HUM7401 — Shakespeare's Plays
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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Shakespeare's reputation
2Julius Caesar
3Richard II
4Othello
5Twelfth Night
6Measure for Measure
7The Winter's Tale
8The 'Authorship Question'

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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