Module title: Shakespeare and the Renaissance

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

Module code: CLP08111
Module leader: Anne Schwan
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture


2019/0, 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: Anne Schwan
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will take place in the form of a weekly lecture, which contains some interactive parts (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6), and smaller tutorial meetings (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6). The lectures will provide you with the necessary socio-historical context and critical frameworks for further, more interactive activities with the primary texts in tutorial. Learning will occur in a variety of formats in order to allow for different student learning styles. Activities will range from listening, viewing, individual oral contributions and group work, to independent research, reading and writing assignments (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6).

Delivery occurs during 10 teaching weeks (weeks 2-6 and 8-12). Week 1 is an induction week with programme-related induction activities, which include skills sessions relevant to this module. Week 7 is a reading week.

Formative Assessment:
There is no formal formative assessment on this module, but class activities will help you prepare for your assignments. In the weeks leading up to each summative assessment, we employ in-class formative feedback to help you prepare for summative assignments. You will be asked to engage in textual analysis and related tasks to model the kinds of work you will be expected to perform in each of the summative assessments. You will receive tutor input and feedback on these in-class activities.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will take the form of two essays which ask you to answer a question related to a specific theme. The first essay (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6) will be due in the middle of the trimester and will ask you to focus on one of the texts studied to date; the final essay (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6) will be due at the end of the trimester and will ask you to compare and contrast two texts studied on the module. The final essay be an opportunity to consolidate and showcase the core knowledge and skills that you have acquired over the trimester.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1-6 8 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Essay 60 1-6 13 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will introduce you to the cultural politics of the Jacobean court and Elizabethan England by addressing relationships between body and text, colonialism and commerce, gender and power in Early Modern Britain. You will have the opportunity to examine historical constructions and stagings of ‘self’ and ‘other’ to consider how Renaissance drama employs, and shapes, racial and sexual difference on the stage. The module will introduce you to a range of voices and literary modes from the period including prose, poetry, pageants, masques and plays including works by Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, Christopher Marlowe, Mary Wroth, Aphra Behn and William Shakespeare. Building on an initial focus on historicist readings of race and gender, the second half of the module will open out to consider Shakespeare in a global context. Using a range of digital archives, interactive websites and film screenings, this part of the module will encourage you to engage with both text and performance in order to consider how Shakespeare’s works might be positioned as a tool of (de)colonial theatre-making. By engaging with a range of contemporary international stagings and intercultural adaptations of Shakespeare’s works you will be encouraged to analyse the extent to which his plays have become a universalising force through which the values of Western localities are imposed on other theatrical cultures, or whether his works provide a medium for creative and radical crosscultural exchange.

Learning Outcomes for module:

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