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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 will have:

  • gained detailed knowledge of Shakespeare’s works and world
  • acquired an understanding of the relevant dramatic genres
  • gained an understanding of how Shakespeare’s texts have gained their unique position in English-speaking cultures
  • developed knowledge about the various ways in which Shakespeare and his works are regarded today

Admission

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.

Prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG2327 – Shakespeare

Teaching

Seminar, 2 hours per week for 14 weeks. 28 hours in all.

Obligatory activity:

  • Attendance is obligatory at least 11 out of 14 seminars. 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.

All obligatory activities must be approved for you to sit the exam. All obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester. Approved obligatory attendance and assignments are only valid the semester you attend the course.

Examination

The form of assessment is a term paper of 10 pages (4 000 words). You determine the topic for the term paper together with the lecturer. Beforehand, you will be given an opportunity to submit a draft of the term paper and receive individual feedback on both the form and content of the draft.

Assessment guidelines

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in 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.

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 result can be found in Studentweb within 3 weeks after the examination.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

For those who want to retake their exam: Since the form of assessment in this course is a term paper, you must follow the seminars and write a new paper in order to qualify. Admission depends on capacity.

Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

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

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Autumn 2019

This course is offered irregularly

Examination

Autumn 2019

Teaching language

English