ENG2327 – Shakespeare
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
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.
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.
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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.
10 credits overlap with ENG4367 – Shakespeare
Seminars, 2 hours per week for 14 weeks. 28 hours in all.
- Attendance 11 out of 14 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved absence or postponements here. Please note that absence exceeding 50 % of all seminars may not be approved, regardless of any excuses.
- An essay of 5 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters) turned in by a stated deadline.
All obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester for you to sit the exam. Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the next two semesters that the course is taught.
The form of assessment is a 4-hour 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.
Use of sources and citation
Examination support material
You are allowed to use an English–English dictionary during the examination. Thesaurus and Encyclopedias are not allowed.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
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 3 weeks after the examination.
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.