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Course content

This course offers a broad introduction to Shakespeare, with an emphasis on the texts as well as relevant ideological, literary and theatrical contexts. Plays and Renaissance drama are central, but the sonnets are also generously represented on the syllabus.

The course also considers the reception of Shakespeare, with special emphasis on influential critical notions of the early 20th century.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • have a detailed knowledge of Shakespeare’s works and world,
  • understand the relevant dramatic genres,
  • understand how Shakespeare’s texts have gained their unique position in English-speaking cultures,
  • know about the various ways in which Shakespeare and his works are regarded today,
  • have a practical understanding of the manner in which academic discourse on Shakespeare is conducted today.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG4367 – Shakespeare


Seminar, two hours per week, for 14 weeks, 28 hours in all.

Obligatory activity:

  • Attendance is obligatory 11 out of 14 seminars. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absences or postponements here. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.
  • You must write an essay (5 standard pages, 11.500 characters) at an appointed time. The essay must be approved by the tutor; if it is not, you will be barred from attempting the final exam.

All obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester. Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the next two semesters that the course is taught.


4-hour written exam.

The exam in this subject will be digital and will be conducted in Inspera Assessment. For more information see the semester page for this subject.  You can find a link under the heading "Schedule, syllabus and examination date" on this page.  

Previous exams and assessment guidelines

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

Students are allowed to use an English-English dictionary during the exam. Thesaurus and Encyclopedias are not allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

The results will be found in StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

Facts about this course






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