English (ENGL) 325

Shakespeare II (Revision 2)

ENGL 325

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study. CD and DVD components. Online-enhanced.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212 or equivalent first year English courses, or successful completion of ENGL 324, or professor approval.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 325 is an introduction to the study of the plays of William Shakespeare and concentrates on the comedies and problem plays. The course will help you to interpret the plays as literary texts and as live theatre. To critically analyse each dramatic work we will use a variety of media: the text of the play, CDs of performances, the study guide with critical and historical commentary and two complete plays on DVDs.

Note: Students enrolled in a degree program with an English major are strongly advised to obtain 6 credits in Shakespeare by completing both ENGL 324 and ENGL 325.


Over a work schedule of 19 weeks student will study seven plays, write three short essays, and write one three-hour examination.


To receive credit for ENGL 325, you must submit all assignments and write the final examination, and you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the final examination and a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent).

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Final Exam Total
10% 30% 30% 30% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


The Merchant of Venice. Signet Edition, 1989.

The Taming of the Shrew. Signet Edition, 1985.

A Midsummer Night's Dream. Signet Edition, 1984.

The Tempest. Signet Edition, 1993.

Much Ado about Nothing. Signet Edition, 1984.

Measure for Measure. Signet Edition, 1982.

A Winter's Tale. Signet Edition, 1994.

Special instructional features

Access to CD and DVD playback devices, as well as the Internet, is advised for students to make use of the recommended media materials included with or mentioned in the course package.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 2 August 14, 2015.

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Updated August 25 2016 by Student & Academic Services