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Undergraduate Course: Political Shakespeare (ENLI10347)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines the political questions that matter most within a range of primarily historical and tragic dramas written across Shakespeare's career. Its first part will focus on a sequence of early plays and it will consider how these works address the political divisions and dilemmas that dominated late Elizabethan culture. Its second part will examine the shared concerns of three plays, all written in close proximity at the end of the sixteenth century, with questions of succession, resistance, and the rise of a new form of political sovereignty. To conclude, the course will consider the impact of the Jacobean succession on Shakespeare's political thought and dramatic composition. It will consider how James VI/I's mode of kingship affected Shakespeare's understanding of political life.
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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))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Other Study Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 1 hour per week autonomous learning
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One Course Essay of 2,500 words (30%)
Class Participation Mark (10%)
One Final Essay of 3,000 words (60%)
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of the course, students will have an overview of how Shakespeare's political thought developed across his career as a dramatist.
  2. In their work for this course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and critical engagement with the core political ideas and preoccupations of Shakespeare's plays in a variety of genres.
  3. IIn their work for this course, students will have learned how Shakespeare's plays intervened in the key political debates of their time.
  4. In their work for this course, students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the key critical debates elicited by Shakespeare's political drama.
  5. By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to reflect constructively on the development of their own learning and research practice.
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Additional Class Delivery Information Seminar: 2 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s):

plus attendance for one hour a week at Autonomous Learning Group - at times to be arranged.
Course organiserDr Dermot Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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