English (ENGL) 325

Shakespeare II (Revision 3)

ENGL 325

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

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 and sonnets of William Shakespeare, focusing on his later works (tragedies, tragicomedies, and romances). The course will begin with an introduction to the perceptions of revenge in the age of Shakespeare and the conventions of revenge drama, and then it will progress through six of Shakespeare’s later plays and a selection of his sonnets. In addition to thinking about these plays as literature, we will pay close attention to original staging techniques, and we will perform analyses of the plays in production throughout history and into the present (as live theatre, TV, and cinema). The plays you will study in ENGL 325 are Hamlet, Othello, Measure for Measure, The Sonnets (a select ion), King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest


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

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 30%
Assignment 3 30%
Final Exam 30%
Total 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 who 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


Greenblatt, Stephen, ed. The Norton Shakespeare: Later Plays and Poems. 3rd ed., vol. 2, W. W. Norton, 2016.

Audiovisual Materials

Hamlet: Special Edition. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, 1996.

The Tempest. Directed by Julie Taymor. eOne Films Distribution, 2010.

Other Materials

The course materials also include an online Course Information, Study Guide, and AU Student Manual.

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 3 March 15, 2017.

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