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2ENL51-10 Shakespeare


Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes:


The student

  • has thorough knowledge about a broad selection of plays and poems by William Shakespeare
  • has familiarity with Shakespeare’s theatre and modern theatre productions of Shakespeare’s plays
  • has knowledge about reception of Shakespeare’s works and their relevance for our contemporary culture
  • has broad knowledge about literary theory and devices


The student

  • communicates fluently and with precision in oral and written English
  • can analyse and interpret Shakespeare’s works formally and thematically, and place them in a literary and cultural context
  • can use relevant digital tools

General competence

The student

  • can discuss and communicate about relevant material
  • has the ability to analyse texts and communicate professionally
  • can reflect on how the knowledge and skills developed in the course may be used in the teaching and dissemination of literature


This course offers a broad introduction to Shakespeare, with an emphasis on the texts as well as relevant ideological, literary and theatrical contexts. Plays and Renaissance drama are central, but poems and sonnets are also represented on the syllabus.The course also considers the reception of Shakespeare’s works, with special emphasis on influential critical notions and adaptations of the early 21th century, and contemporary dissemination of Shakespeare’s works in education and culture work.

  • A selection of plays and poems by Shakespeare
  • A selection of adaptations (film and stage production) of Shakespeare’s plays and poems
  • A selection of theoretical and critical texts concerned with Shakespeare’s plays and poems
  • Perspectives on the use of Shakespeare in different forms of education and dissemination

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

  • Campus-based seminars

Obligatoriske krav som må være godkjent før eksamen kan avlegges

In order to take the exam, the students must pass the following requirements

  • An attendance record of at least 80 % according to the semester plan. Students are responsible for registration of attendance
  • Two or more obligatory assignments


Three day individual take-home exam, 4000 words.

The exam is graded on a scale from A to F. A is the highest pass grade and E is the lowest pass grade.