Shakespeare and the Renaissance - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Availability for 2018: Sem2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (30%) , Assignment 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit was previously known as ENG360 Shakespeare and the Renaissance.

The unit considers a broad range of Shakespeare's writings in relation to writings by his contemporaries and by his successors - dramatists as well as non-dramatists. In doing so it examines how those texts at once represent and engage with issues and problems in the culture of early modern, or Renaissance, England. Those issues and problems include, for example, issues of genre and of sexuality in verse of the 1590s, problems evoked in representations of tragic selfhood, problems associated with religious and political conflict and problems arising from English portrayals both of England and of life outside it.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. gain an understanding of key Shakespearean texts by close analysis and research
  2. gain an understanding, in the same ways, of major non-Shakespearean texts of the English Renaissance 
  3. understand relations between texts by Shakespeare and those by his contemporaries
  4. understand how texts by his contemporaries relate to each other
  5. gain knowledge of how the set texts represent issues and problems.
  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Online Discussion (10%)
  • Test (20%)

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:

  • ENG360 — Shakespeare and the Renaissance

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1'Shakespeare' and 'the Renaissance'
2Competing representations of sexuality in the1590s
3Sexuality and selfhood
4Selfhood and tragedy
5Imagining east and west
6Alternative Englands

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Norton Anthology Of English Literature: 16th & Early 17th

    By:Stephen Greenblatt

    ISBN: 9780393927184


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Norton Shakespeare 2e: Essential Plays And Sonnets

    By:Stephen Greenblatt & Walter Co

    ISBN: 9780393933130


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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