Module title: Shakespeare and the Renaissance

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP08111
Module leader: Donna Soto-Morettini
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture


2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Donna Soto-Morettini
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module is designed to encourage your active learning and collaboration. Teaching and learning will take place in lectures, and online activities (Los 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6). Lectures will be delivered to the whole class and these include interactive components. You will also work in groups as appropriate, emphasising peer contact and expert input from the module tutor. The activities in these group sessions are carefully structured around specific topics to ensure your maximum engagement. Tutorials allow for smaller groups to come together and give the opportunity for you to clarify concepts, alongside analytical engagement with the topics being discussed.
Moodle and other VLE environments are a potential platform for independent and collaborative learning and on occasion part of the face to face activities may be replaced with structured ‘e-activities’.
You will be expected to collaborate successfully with your fellow students in each tutorial, and to contribute to joint research question. Research, writing and analytical skills will be developed through the written work in the form of essays. (Los 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Formative Assessment:
Formative Assessment will take place weekly through set ‘quick research’ questions, which require research, analysis and presentation in groups at every tutorial. You will be receiving both peer and tutor assessment and will be actively engaging with ideas. Standards of critical thought and ability to present ideas with clarity will be informally assessed in each tutorial. While overall student class contribution counts toward the summative mark, immediate feedback each week means that this assessment element is both formative and summative. A 1000-word essay will be required mid-term, and the critical feedback on this paper is expected to help you understand where you can improve your analytical, research, and written skills for the final, more heavily-weighted paper (which means that this element of assessment is designed to be both formative and summative).

Summative Assessment:
Summative Assessment takes place only when Formative Assessment has embedded guidance regarding standards through weekly presentations and a mid-term essay. While class participation and the mid-term essay contribute to a summative mark, they are specifically designed to be part of an ongoing assessment/feedback mechanism. The final (60%) essay should reflect a summative reflection of how your core knowledge and skills have developed over the trimester.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 20 1-6 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Discussion/Participation 20 1-6 1 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Essay 60 1-6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module will give you an opportunity to become familiar with Elizabethan England, the significance of discovery and colonial expansion, and the importance of monarchic power around the figure of the virgin queen, when the questions of succession and political stability were public concerns. You will have the opportunity to study the expectations and responses of the Elizabethan/Jacobean audiences at a time when there was a deep reliance on the imagination. Since the central figure was that of Shakespeare, there will be a strong focus on the stage and major dramatic forms with references to plays by Shakespeare, and also to contemporary playwrights like Christopher Marlow and Ben Jonson. The position of poetry will be considered in a study of the tradition of courtly love poetry, the use of the sonnet, the romance and metaphysical poetry in poets like Edmund Spenser and John Donne. Shakespeare remains relevant today, both in Britain and internationally, and a study of the responses of critics to him and his contemporaries through time, will enable you to understand his continuing appeal and bring you up to date with current critiques, endorsing Shakespeare's centrality to a study of literature.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1 critically discuss a wide range of plays and poetry published during the Renaissance.
LO2: illustrate an understanding of the diversity in techniques and practices of dramatic and poetic forms in this period.
LO3: explore the relationship of drama and poetry with contemporary political and cultural concerns of the time.
LO4: develop an insight into the history of the stage and the position of the poet.
LO5: locate and discuss relevant critiques from Shakespeare's time to the present day.
LO6: illustrate an ability to work both independently and part of a group.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP081111: Shakespeare and the Renaissance