ATS3798 - Global Shakespeares - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Centre for Theatre and Performance

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Fiona Gregory


Dr Fiona Gregory (Clayton)
Dr Paul Prescott (Warwick)

Quota applies

This unit has a student enrolment quota of 20.

Not offered in 2018


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units and permission from unit coordinator.


The unit provides students the opportunity to examine Shakespearean texts and productions in a 'global' context. Students at Monash will work simultaneously with students in Warwick to share particular knowledges and deepen their understanding of local, regional, national and transnational approaches to the texts. Questions of 'authority' and 'authenticity' in Shakespearean production will be addressed alongside issues such as the politics of translation, the influence of notions of 'high' and 'low' culture and the impact of technological innovation on the development of performance forms. As the dissemination of performance across cultures and technologies will be a key consideration of the unit, students in both domains will work together in real time on practical performance exercises and share the development of a creative project.


Upon completion of the unit students will have:

  1. extended their understanding of Shakespearean texts and the history of Shakespearean performance;
  2. deepened their understanding of how Shakespeare operates as a global force, and of themselves as 'global' learners and performers;
  3. learnt to apply key concepts from areas such as translation studies, transnational and inter-cultural studies, and theatre historiography;
  4. enhanced their understanding of how technology can be used to disseminate knowledge and develop practical performance work;
  5. applied their understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in the development of practical performance work.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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