Module Details

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Title Shakespeare: Ways of Thinking
Code ENGL206
Coordinator Dr EK Knowles
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2019-20 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15


To examine closely a range of Shakespeare's plays and the cultural and historical contexts in which they were originally produced, read, and performed. To develop an understanding of the ways of thinking presented within Shakespeare's plays, through language, poetry, rhetoric, drama, and the manipulation of sources and genres. To introduce students to the diversity of current critical and theoretical perspectives and ways of thinking about the plays.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) In-depth knowledge of a substantial number of Shakespeare’s work, from various genres, and their relations to each other.

(LO2) A strong ability to relate the plays to their literary, cultural and historical contexts.

(LO3) An informed and sophisticated awareness of established critical traditions, and of the various ways in which one might make critical and theoretical approaches to Shakespearean drama, using appropriate critical methodologies, vocabulary and secondary sources.

(LO4) The capacity to construct a solidly coherent and critically well-informed analysis of selected texts and specific passages and scenes.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presenation skills - oral

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

(S4) Information skills - critical reading

(S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice



Primary Texts studied on this module usually include:  Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Richard IIHenry IV, Parts I & II Hamlet Othello Measure for Measure Shakespeare's Sonnets, Macbeth, The Tempest.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: One lecture per week. Lectures are delivered by a variety of members of academic staff to all the students registered for the module and for ENGL112.
Attendance Recorded: No

Teaching Method 2 - Tutorial
Description: Tutorials take place once a week. Students will be split into tutorial groups of ideally no more than nine and will have their tutorials with the same member of staff each week.
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 3 - Drop-in sessions
Description: An opportunity for further one-to-one or small groups discussion with the module convenor
Attendance Recorded: No
Notes: This activity is optional

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 12



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 124


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Exam There is a resit opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :second semester assessment period  2 hours    70       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
coursework There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 2  2500 words    30       

Recommended Texts

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