SHAKESPEARE - 2023/4
Module code: TDLM011
This module will engage students in the study of Shakespeare, examining his work, influence, impact and legacy upon theatre. Topics to be studied may include, but are not restricted to: The Tragedies, The Histories, The Comedies, Character, Themes, Language, and Shakespeare in Production. Original performance contexts will be studied alongside historical and modern productions, and students will have the freedom to investigate Shakespeare in non-Western theatre contexts.
This module is committed to sustainable learning and research in both its content and manner of delivery. With respect to the former, it embraces and celebrates the global inclusiveness of Shakespeare’s works as a core component of an ongoing cultural conversation characterised by collaboration, tolerance and mutual respect. With regard to the latter, the methods of engagement with the module materials are interactive, supportive, dialogic and always positive, in that they are rooted in the interests and experience of an international online learning community.
Guildford School of Acting
SHAUGHNESSY Robert (GSA)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: W440
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 60
Seminar Hours: 7
Guided Learning: 83
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Students will take this module following this module: The Greeks. Students will take this module alongside the following module: The Background to Theatre.
Indicative content includes:
- Online and Distance study arising from the module material and Essential Reading texts, as laid out in the module reading list. Topics to be studied include, but are not restricted to: The Tragedies, The Histories, The Comedies, Character, Themes, Language and Shakespeare in Production
- Seminar sessions amounting to two full days at GSA (also available remotely and online) to include writing skills, personal tutorials and target setting and the study of Shakespeare theatre texts and performance contexts
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||Coursework: Essay (2,500 words)||100|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following through their formal written summative submission, in addition to their engagement with the formative assessment, module content and associated activities:
- Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and process information and to communicate clearly in writing (T)
- Knowledge and understanding of key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre (K)
- Apply key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique on influential theatrical texts and their contexts (P)
- Apply critical thought and understanding to key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre (P)
- Analyse and evaluate the impact of past traditions and contexts upon contemporary theatrical practices (C)
- Evaluate the work of others with critical objectivity (T)
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- 2,500 word essay in response to a set question/task
Formative Assessment consists of an outline plan for the summative assignment in the students own choice of form, which may include, but is not restricted to an essay plan, poster, PowerPoint or equivalent software presentation, podcast (1000 words or equivalent)
Informal formative feedback from tutors will be provided via, but is not restricted to, the virtual learning environment, email exchange, personal tutorials in person or via Skype, or equivalent software.
Ongoing informal formative feedback from the tutor is facilitated by, but not restricted to, structured discussion boards on the virtual learning environment and email exchange.
Summative formal written feedback will follow submission of the summative assessment.
- This module aims to enable students to engage with Shakespeare in performance, in order to gain and evidence a knowledge of:
- • Theatre as a social, moral, ethical voice
- • The relationship between the actor and audience
- • The construction of stages and performance platforms
- • The construction of theatrical and social meaning across cultures and societies
|001||Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and process information and to communicate clearly in writing||T|
|002||Knowledge and understanding of key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre||K|
|003||Apply key theories of performance, theatrical reception and critique on influential theatrical texts and their contexts||P|
|004||Apply critical thought and understanding to key historical, political, social and ethical developments in theatre||P|
|005||Analyse and evaluate the impact of past traditions and contexts upon contemporary theatrical practices||C|
|006||Evaluate the work of others with critical objectivity||T|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Actively engage online and distance learners with Shakespeare across multiple contexts through a range of learning and teaching strategies
- Enable the online and distance learner to access core concepts studied and apply these to selected contexts
- Allow the online and distance learner to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Shakespeare through the structured exploration of history of production of selected texts
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Study based on module content and associated activities via the virtual learning environment during teaching block 3 (83 hours).
- Seminar weekend (7 hours).
- Tutor guided distance learning/independent study based on required purchase texts and online Library resources (60 hours).
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: TDLM011
GSA delivers its provision across three teaching blocks, within the University of Surrey’s existing semester structure.
Programmes this module appears in
|Theatre MA||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Theatre MFA||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.