ENGL2602 Shakespeare and his World

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the English and Literary Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit introduces students to the close analysis of a number of important literary works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. It enhances students' engagement with the range of literary, ethical and societal issues that Shakespeare's and other early modern works raise support. The unit also encourages students to examine the continuing relevance of Shakespeare's work, and that of his contemporaries, for our time and world, as well as differing critical and directorial interpretations these works have attracted.
Students are able to (1) increase knowledge of literary conventions and styles surrounding Shakespeare, leading to an increased ability to contextualise Shakespeare's work; (2) enhance their knowledge of the Early Modern period in England, as well as of some of the intellectual, historical and cultural contexts that preceded and underpinned Shakespeare's ideas; (3) develop a more sophisticated appreciation of Shakespeare's philosophical ideas and their relevance in today's world; (4) enhance understanding of play structure, character and suspense building; (5) increase understanding of different critical approaches to Shakespeare; (6) express ideas, information and argument coherently and logically in written and oral forms; (7) work effectively as a member of a collaborative group in a tutorial context; (8) enhance research skills in locating and assessing critical writing in traditional and digital media; (9) have a critical understanding of the role played by ideologies of race, gender, and class in literary and cultural contexts; (10) refine and demonstrate highly developed skills of textual analysis and critical reasoning; (11) gain an historicised understanding of fundamental critical concepts that allow them to recognise and discuss the relationship between the formal, thematic and functional aspects of any text studied; and (12) further develop and practise enquiry-based learning and research and communication acquired at Level 2 into Level 3 units in English and Cultural Studies, with applications across a broader field of study at UWA.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) essay 1; and (3) essay 2. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Kathryn Prince
Unit rules
any Level 1 English unit
MEMS1001 Life, Thought and Culture in Pre-modern Europe
Contact hours
3 hours per teaching week
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