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THE2007 Renaissance Drama

Semester 2, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Darryl Chalk
Moderator: Janet McDonald

Other requisites

It is strongly suggested that students attempt this course after completing THE1001 and THE1002.


The study of dramatic texts provides insights into human experiences of the Renaissance and places these experiences in the context of society. This course examines the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in relation to its historical, socio-political and performative contexts.


This course provides a detailed study of the history, theory, texts and practice of drama and theatre during the Renaissance in England. The course will include a special study of the work of Shakespeare and Shakespearean production techniques.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. an evaluative knowledge of the history, theory and practice of Renaissance drama and theatre;
  2. critical and cultural literacy of the way in which theatre interacted with its contemporary social, cultural and political contexts;
  3. creativity, initiative and enterprise in the written and oral communication of specific dramatic texts drawn from the European and English Renaissance.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Setting the Scene: The Contexts, Conditions and Conventions of Performance in Renaissance England 20.00
2. The Birth of English Renaissance Tragedy: 'The Spanish Tragedy' and 'Dr Faustus' 20.00
3. Staging Identity and Spae in Shakespearean Tragedy 20.00
4. Cross-dressing, Marriage and the Ends of Shakespearean Comedy: 'Twelfth Night' and 'Measure for Measure' 20.00
5. Gender, Social Mobility and Conflict: City Comedy and Domestic Tragedy 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Kinney, AF 2005, Renaissance drama: an anthology of plays and entertainments, 2nd edn, Blackwell, Massachusetts.
  • Shakespeare, W 2005, The complete works, Oxford University Press, 2nd edn.
    (Stanley Wells, Gary Taylor, John Jowett and William Montgomery editions.)
  • THE2007 External Study Book and Selected Readings, DeC, USQ. NB: 70% of the reading material for this course appears in the Selected Readings. Please make sure this is ordered and purchased through the USQ Bookshop.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Bulman, J C (ed) 1996, Shakespeare, theory and performance, Routledge, London.
  • Greenblatt, S 1988, Shakespearean negotiations: the circulation of social energy in renaissance England, University of California Press, Berkeley.
  • Gurr, A 1992, The Shakespearean stage, 3rd edn, Cambridge University Press, England.
  • Howard, J E 1994, The stage and social struggle in early modern England, Routledge, London.
  • Orgel, S 1996, Impersonations: the performance of gender in Shakespeare's England, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 126.00
Tutorials or Workshops 13.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 1 - 2000 WORDS 100 20 23 Aug 2013 (see note 1)
ESSAY 2 - 2500-3000 WORDS 100 40 14 Oct 2013
EXAMINATION 2 HOURS 100 40 End S2 (see note 2)

  1. Details of Assessment will be given out in the Introductory Booklet on Study Desk.
  2. Students will be advised of the official examination date after the timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate approproately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the rquirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval, then a penalty of 10% of the total marks available for the assignment will apply for each of the first FIVE working days late, after which a zero mark will be given

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade, students must demonstrate, via the summative assessment items, that they have achieved the required minimum standards in relation to the objectives of the course by: (i) satisfactorily completing the examination and assignments; and (ii) obtaining at least 50% of the total weighted marks for all summative assessment items. Students will be allowed to resubmit a failed first year assessment item for reassessment. If a student is permitted to resubmit a failed assignment, normally the only passing grade or mark allowable for the resubmitted assignment will be C- or 50% (as appropriate).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade: The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    The exam for this course is a CLOSED examination, and candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any deferred or supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. (a) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. (b) Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner. (c) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented ill-health. (d) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience. (e) Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements. (f) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete-Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study. (g) Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in the course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Studens who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  3. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.