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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 351
Course Title: Readings in Shakespeare
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Study of William Shakespeare, emphasizing his background, his poetry and his plays in all genres. Prerequisites: ENGL 112 and a previous 200-level or higher English course.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): ENGL 112 and a previous 200-level or higher English course.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered odd Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Several suitable collections of the complete works are available.

The Riverside Shakespeare
By Shakespeare, William (Ed. G. Blakemore Evans, et al. ) (Houghton Mifflin)
The Norton Shakespeare
By Shakespeare, William (Ed. Stephen Greenblatt, et al.) (W.W. Norton)
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
By Shakespeare, William (Ed. David Bevington) (Addison-Wesley)
Course Objectives
  • To delve into advanced study of Shakespeare’s works.
    Measurable Learning
  • Apply facts of Shakespeare’s historical, cultural, literary and biographical background to interpret poems and plays.
  • Identify characteristics and themes in canonical and less-read poems and plays by Shakespeare.
  • Apply key terms of literary criticism to interpret representative plays and poems.
  • Demonstrate the differences between Shakespeare as drama and as theater.
  • Identify trends in historical and critical scholarship on Shakespeare.
    Topical Outline:
  • Background to the study of Shakespeare
  • Poems
  • History plays
  • Comedies
  • Tragedies
  • Romances
    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

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    Prepared by: Danny Campbell Date: October 25, 2007
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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