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Undergraduate Course: Shakespeare the Fabulous Politican (ENLI10118)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course sets out to examine some of Shakespeare's plays from three directions: their portrayal of political agency, historical necessity, and social conflict; their complicity in the power structures of the society in which they were produced, i.e. Elizabethan and Jacobean England; the ways in which they have been subsequently used in different historical contexts for different ideological purposes. The course will explore characterisation, plotting and dramatic technique, and their possible meanings in the context of, for example, an absolutist monarchy, a declining feudal system, and increasing popular unrest in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Other issues will be addressed through viewings of film adaptations of the plays and a discussion of the ideological function of such adaptation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004) OR American Literature 2 (ENLI08006))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA MINIMUM of three college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as civilisation or creative writing are not considered for admissions to this course.
Applicants should also note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. In making admissions decisions preference will be given to students who achieve above the minimum requirement with the typical visiting student admitted to this course having three to four literature classes at grade A.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Section directly for admission to this course **

Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the course will raise their awareness of how politics work within the fictional world of Shakespeare's plays, but also of the ways in which the plays can themselves have political effects. They will recognise how the plays can function as means of justifying or subverting certain conceptions of social order. They will be equipped to recognise how Shakespeare has been used, and is still used, to support certain conceptions of English and British identity; and how a study of Shakespeare's politics can contribute to understanding, not only Shakespeare's society, but also our own.
Assessment Information
1 essay of 2,500 words (25%); 1 exam essay of 3,000 words(75%)
Visiting Student Variant Assessment
1 essay of 2,500 words (25%); 1 take-away examination essay of 3,000 words(75%)
Special Arrangements
Numbers are limited and students taking degrees not involving English or Scottish literature need the written approval of the head of English Literature
Additional Information
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Study Abroad Not entered
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Course organiserDr Dermot Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618
Course secretaryMrs Catherine Williamson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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