Shakespeare and Dramatic Pedagogy

Subject 460-651 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

July, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 20 hours total over the 5 day intensive period in July (during the Victorian school winter holidays)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours total commitment
Prerequisites: 460-649 Teaching Shakespeare the RSC way
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof John O'Toole
Subject Overview: This subject will include a three-day intensive workshop building on the knowledge and skills of 460-649 Teaching Shakespeare the RSC way. Students will participate in workshops exploring the active process of teaching Shakespeare at an advanced level, and associated approaches to other dramatic and literary texts.They will then extend the practical work into critical and/or dramaturgical scholarship based on themes arising from the texts. The three day intensive workshop will take place at the beginning of the semester, with the first piece of assessment occurring during this week and the second in the weeks immediately following. The content will flow through directly to be taken up in 460-652 Implementing dramatic processes.

Students will:

  • Practise a range of pedagogical skills and new techniques in teaching Shakespeare and complex texts;
  • Understand contemporary issues in the teaching of Shakespeare;
  • Explore a range of relevant educational themes in the study of Shakespeare and literature.

There will be two items of assessment, each worth 50 per cent.

Item 1: Practical class tasks and presentation within the intensive workshop (2, 000 words) (Due on the final day of the intensive period)

Item 2: Written work emerging from the critical/dramaturgical study (2, 000 words) (Due 3 weeks after the intensive period)

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject students should:
  • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
  • have an in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s);
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning ;
  • have expanded their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects;
  • have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems;
  • have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations;
  • be able to engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs;
  • have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community.
Related Course(s): Post Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Shakespeare

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