Subject THTR20021 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

On Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3
Total Time Commitment: 102


Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 106-251 Shakespeare
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Assoc Prof Peter Eckersall


Peter Eckersall
Subject Overview:

This subject investigates the theatre of Shakespeare as literature and as it is staged in theatres across the world. The subject will examine Shakespeare's canon and key literary perspectives. It will introduce Shakespeare in historical, modern and contemporary eras in western and non-western sites of criticism and performance. Shakespeare’s plays will be discussed in relation to issues of cultural politics and power. The subject will explore avant-garde and postmodern contexts for Shakespeare and Shakespeare in adaptation in film and television.


Students who complete this subject will be able to:

  • develop an understanding of Shakespeare’s theatre as literature and in performance;
  • explore the importance of Shakespeare in historical, modern and contemporary contexts;
  • investigate intercultural contexts for Shakespeare and examine Shakespeare’s plays in relation to society and cultural politics;
  • investigate adaptation of Shakespeare’s plays in experimental theatre and in film and television.
Assessment: One tutorial paper delivered in class and written-up equivalent to 1000 words (30%). One class small group exercise on performing Shakespeare, presented in final week of tutorials equivalent to 1000 words (20%). One essay of 2000 words due at the end of semester (50%). This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% attendance and regular participation in tutorials are required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
Prescribed Texts:
  • Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest, Titus Andronicus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare
  • Hamletmachine Heiner, Müller
  • A reader will be available with additional texts.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • communicate knowledge in oral, written and creative forms;
  • manage their time through productive use of time and responding to deadlines;
  • think and work creatively and apply imagination in responding to tasks;
  • think critically and analyse through recommended reading, performance analysis and discussion.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Creative Arts
Diploma in Creative Arts
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English
English Literary Studies Major
English and Theatre Studies
Theatre Studies Major
Related Breadth Track(s): English
Theatre Studies

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