I (unexpectedly!) enjoyed this course. I started late (due to taking a different course at the start of the Semester which I then dropped and took this instead), and I still passed - but I could have done better. If you take the time to read the set plays and consider the "journals" you have to write (a Blackboard discussion post) you can easily get through this course. The lecturer/convener Dr Jennifer Clement is a great teacher, and very passionate about her areas of expertise and her lectures are entertaining. I know prior to 2013 the course was being taught with a different play each week, but not anymore. Some are split over 2 weeks. You DO need the textbooks (the Norton Shakespeare and Garber's "Shakespeare After All"). It is best to have the prescribed ones as they contain all the relevant footnotes and the Norton introductions are sometimes needed to be read for various reasons (including the journal entries and the tutorial discussions), as well as having the pagination and line numbers the same. Ask for help and you shall receive! A broad range of topics are covered and the broad range of social/cultural issues that were brought up by the works of Shakespeare are highlighted and explained in easy-to-understand terms that provide starting points for easy deeper exploration for assessment tasks. Didn't really do so well in the final exam - but that comes down to having missed (and not caught up on) a couple of the plays/set readings. So make sure to keep up!
Semester 2 - 2013
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Is lecture attendance necessary?
No - You can live without, but they are good lectures!