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SEL3368 : Shakespeare and Elizabethan Tragedy

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

•       to expand the experience and knowledge of Elizabethan tragedy
•       to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the ‘theory of genre’
•       to develop a more energetic competence in structural and thematic analysis
•       to explore and evaluate the critical process more generally

Outline Of Syllabus

We will generally study 6 plays: 3 by Shakespeare and 3 by other writers. Themes may vary slightly from year to year, but they will all be selected on the basis of their centrality to an understanding of Elizabethan tragedy as a genre.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity121:0012:00These are the 'study-group' sessions.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1521:00152:00These are the hours individuals devote to reading, research, revision.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The first six weeks will be devoted to the intensive study of a single play each week; the second six weeks will go over the same six plays but with the aim of developing thematic and structural connections across the mini-corpus.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination602A40N/A
Oral Presentation102M10This is a study-group presentation with a group mark
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M502000 Words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

At the end of the first half of the course, students will write an essay on two of the plays they have studied. This is to get them to put their thoughts down in writing; and also to give them some feedback on their comprehension of the module. The final examination allows them build on this experience and hopefully do even better. The study-group presentation helps them to work as a group and to practice social discipline.

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Timetable