Shakespeare and Dramatic Pedagogy

Subject EDUC90496 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

January, 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

Parkville Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 20 hours total over the 5 day intensive period in January (during the Victorian school holidays)
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours total commitment. Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prerequisites: None


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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.

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Dr Richard Sallis


Education Student Centre

Subject Overview:

This subject will include a week long intensive workshop. Students will participate in workshops exploring the active processes of interpreting, teaching and staging Shakespeare for students, and also associated approaches to other dramatic and complex literary texts. They will then extend the practical work into critical and/or dramaturgical scholarship based on themes arising from the texts. The content will flow through directly to be taken up in EDUC90497 Implementing dramatic processes.


On completion of this subject students should be able to:
• Develop skills in embodying Shakespeare in rehearsal and production
• Learn and practise a range of pedagogical skills in teaching Shakespeare and other complex literary texts.
• Explore relevant educational themes in the study of Shakespearean and other complex texts.


There will be two items of assessment.
• Item 1: Journal – a journal based on the practical workshops will be completed during the Intensive week. (Due - 2 weeks following the completion of the Intensive). (1500 words, 40%)
• Item 2: Dramaturgical Essay – an analytical essay/report (Due - 6 weeks following the completion of the Intensive). (2500 words 60%)

Prescribed Texts:


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): Postgraduate Certificate in the Teaching of Shakespeare

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