Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature, Theater

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 100-level ENGL points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    A study of four plays (normally a history, a comedy, a tragedy and a romance), approached both as literary texts and as scripts for stage performance and film adaptation. We will also draw on scenes from other plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. demonstrate detailed knowledge of all four Shakespeare plays on the course, their characters, plots, and preoccupations;
    2. understand some of the major differences between the language of Shakespeare and contemporary English;
    3. show familiarity with the stage conventions of the Renaissance and comment on theatrical issues in the plays;
    4. analyse passages from the plays in detail, with close attention to both language and stage context;
    5. compare and contrast plays in relation to their treatment of recurring Shakespearean themes and concerns;
    6. discuss the development of Shakespeare?s language, dramaturgy, and ideas in the course of his dramatic career. 7. present and discuss their understanding of the texts in both oral and written form.
    50% internal assessment
    50% examination
    This course is also able to be taken towards a major in THEA.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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