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THE4001 Shakespearean Negotiations

Semester 1, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Darryl Chalk
Moderator: Laurie Johnson


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BCAH or MSTA or BVAH


The study of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in text and performance provides students with an opportunity to evaluate a range of critical and theoretical debates of relevance to theatre, performance and historiography as scholarly and research disciplines.


For the past thirty years, the study of Shakespearean drama and performance has been a prime location for a range of critical and theoretical debates. The aim of this course is to explore the plays of Shakespeare and other dramatists of the early modern period in relation to recent and current scholarly concerns. Topics and theoretical perspectives may include (but are not limited to) the following: New Historicism and Cultural Materialism; performance theory and theatricality; gender studies and queer theory; the' new' phenomenology and the early modern body-mind; medicine and disease; authorship, textuality and early modern print culture.


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

  1. demonstrate advanced academic and professional literacy skills through descriptions of the principal elements of Shakespearean drama and performance
  2. effectively relate such knowledge to advanced critical skills through analysis of Shakespearean texts
  3. apply disciplinary knowledge by discussing Shakespearean drama and performance in the context of a range of critical and theoretical perspectives
  4. employ advanced written communication skills appropriate to the discipline by articulating successful achievement of these objectives in relevant written modes
  5. employ ethical research and enquiry skills in the consistent application of academic norms and practices underpinning academic integrity.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Further details about topics to be studied are provided to students at the first class meeting for the semester 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • The complete works of Shakespeare -- Oxford, Norton, Riverside or Arden edition. (These will not be available from 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.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 126.00
Seminars 39.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
MAJOR ESSAY 100 40 03 Mar 2015 (see note 1)
SEMINAR PAPER 1 100 30 03 Mar 2015
SEMINAR PAPER 2 100 30 03 Mar 2015

  1. Further details about the assessment due dates are provided to students at the first class meeting for the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility 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.

    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. 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:
    Not applicable

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable

  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

Other requirements

  1. 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. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.