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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EN 245-1"
COURSE NAME: "Shakespeare "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Alessandra Grego
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 11:30-12:45 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: EN 110 with a grade of C or above
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
 This course is a general introduction to Shakespeare’s plays and an in-depth study of a selection of representative plays including  a comedy, a history, a tragedy, and a romance. Through the close reading of the plays selected for the course, students will learn how to analyze a theatrical text, will study the Elizabethan stage in its day, and consider Shakespeare’s cultural inheritance.
This is a reading and writing intensive course. Students in 200-level literature classes are required to produce 4-5,000 words of critical writing.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
Each play will be introduced in a lecture. We will then discuss the text in detail, focusing on the principal scenes, identifying sources, themes and analysing dramatic development. Students will form groups to present on selected scenes. Students are expected to participate actively in the discussions, coming to class prepared with questions about the text.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Students will develop their critical and analitic skills, learn about Shakespeare's relationship to the theatre of his own age and investigate the reasons for his enduring popularity.
TEXTBOOK:
Book TitleAuthorPublisherISBN numberLibrary Call NumberComments
The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete WorksWilliam ShakespeaerePalgrave Macmillan978-0230200951  
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
 Home papers: 1500 word papers on each play. 60% 
 Oral responses: oral presentations on a scene or character 30% 
 Class contribution: generating or contributing to class discussion in an informed way. Silent attendance does not contribute to this portion of the grade. 10% 

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Attendance is mandatory. More than four absences will result in the lowering of the final grade (e.g. if you have five absences your final grade will drop from A to A-, and so on). More than 7 absences will result in a failing grade for the course
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE



Session Session Focus Reading Assignment Other Assignment Meeting Place/Exam Dates
Week 1
Jan 13-15
Introduction to the course Start Reading Romeo and Juliet
   
Week 2
Jan 20-22
Romeo and Juliet General Introduction  Acts I - III    
Week 3
Jan 27-29
Romeo and Juliet
 Acts IV and V
 
Week 4
Feb 3-5
Romeo and Juliet
Start Reading
Hamlet
 Feb 5; Presentations
 
Week 5
Feb 10-12
Hamlet
General Introduction
     1st Home paper due
Week 6
Feb 17-19
Hamlet  Acts I to III

 
Week 7
Feb 24-26
Hamlet
Acts IV and V
Feb. 26: Presentations   
Week 8
Mar 3-5
Othello
General introduction
Start Reading Othello    2nd Home Paper due
Week 9
Mar 10-12
Othello Acts I to III
 
Week 10
Mar 24-26
Othello Acts IV and V Apr. 4: Presentations  
Week 11
Mar 31- Apr 2 - 4
King Lear
General introduction
Start reading King Lear  
 3rd Home Paper due
Week 12
Apr 7/9
King Lear  Acts I to III
 
Week 13 Apr
14-16
King Lear  Acts IV and V Apr. 16: Presentations on King Lear  
Week 14
23
Conclusions

 
Week 15
Final exams
    4th Home Paper due.