Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600007084

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
The content of the course changes almost every year--different plays are selected and different themes are explored. The changes are incorporated in the Course Outline that is distributed to students in the beginning of the semester and is posted on the course's e-learning (Moodle) class. The purpose and aims of the course (as described below) remain the same. The participation of students in class discussions constitutes an important aspect of the course.
Learning Outcomes
Upon a successful completion of the course, students will have acquired: -an understanding of the social, political, and theatrical conditions in which the Shakespearean plays were produced, -an understanding of the Renaissance & τηε early modern age, -an ability to read the Shakespearean texts in their original language and to interpret them critically -an ability to think comparatively, that is, to relate the plays to the period of the Renaissance and to our times
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course studies a number of Shakespeare plays in relation to the genre they belong to, the theatrical conventions they employ, and the themes they deal with. The texts of the Shakespearean plays are analyzed not as static entities but in a dialogue with the era that produced them and with ours that consumes them. Thus close textual analyses will be supplemented by extensive references to significant theatrical productions and cinematic interpretations. Specific films will be viewed in accordance with the themes to be explored in the course. COURSE MATERIAL Plays to be analyzed: 1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2. Hamlet 3. The Winter’s Tale Themes to be explored: -State power and corruption; youth and justice (Hamlet) -Dream and reality; love and madness (Midsummer Night’s Dream) -Love, madness and gender (Hamlet, Dream) -Matters of genre/ comedy and romance (Dream, Winter’s Tale) Required viewing: Hamlet, dir Kenneth Branagh (1996) Midsummer’s Night Dream, dir Michael Hoffman (1999) The Winter’s Tale, dir Gregory Doran, RSC production (1998) Ten best Hamlets on stage Required secondary reading (ON RESERVE IN THE LIBRARY) The Norton Shakespeare, “General Introduction”, esp. “Shakespeare’s Life and Art.” Τίνα Κροντήρη, Ο Σαίξπηρ, η Αναγέννηση κι εμείς (κεφ. 4-10). Russ MacDonald, The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare, ch. 1-2. 5-6, 8-9.
Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, English theatre, Shakespearean theatre
Educational Material Types
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
The form of information technology that the teacher of this course uses is the e-learning (Moodle) in conjunction with the internet. E-learning is used routinely for the following course activities: -announcements of all sorts that concern the class (these are sent automatically to each registered student via the e-class's mailing system) -the creation of an electronic library which includes documents relevant to the course (electronic books and articles, notes, links to useful sites, definitions of new terms, electronic primary sources not easily accessible to students, and several other aids that the teacher feels may be of use to the students. -the assignment of take-home quizzes or written papers: the teacher uploads the quiz or other assignment and the students, after completing it, upload their answers within a certain deadline. -the posting of student presentations (sharing with their fellow students what they presented in class).
Course Organization
Reading Assigment451.8
Written assigments100.4
Artistic creation100.4
Interactive class discussion200.8
Student Assessment
Student performance is evaluated on the basis of written exams, papers, and oral presentations, which include: (1) brief, take-home assignments on specifice questions, (2) in-class oral presentations on some aspect of the course, and (3) a comprehensive, essay-type exam on complex questions at the end of the semester. Also, students are given the opportunity to write (optionally) a research paper on an approved topic. However, in no case can the research paper option become a substitute for the final exam, which the student must pass if the research paper is to be counted in the final grade. It is noted that the take-home assignments and participation of students in class discussions play an advisory role (i.e., they help the instructor to form an opinion about the student’s abilities), whereas the class presentations, the final exam, and the research paper (if written) play a definitive as well as advisory role in the student’s final grade. The criteria of evaluation include the following: -Correct (idiomatic) use of the English language -Organization of thought -Understanding of the basic ideas explored in the course -Critical thought and synthetic ability -Originality -Maturity and sophistication of thought -Comprehensive coverage of the course material -Effectiveness of communication with an audience (esp. on oral presentation) The above criteria and means of assessment are explained to students at the beginning of the semester and are also posted on the course's e-learning site.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Artistic Performance (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Norton Shakespeare: The Tragedies Κροντήρη, Τινα. Ο Σαιξπηρ, η Αναγέννηση κι Εμείς (Θεσσαλονίκη, 2001)
Additional bibliography for study
Crystal, David. ‘Think on my Words’: Exploring Shakespeare’s Language. PR 3072. C79 2008. Dollimore, Jonathan & Alan Sinfield. Political Shakespeare. PR 2976.P644 Jackson, Russell. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film. Cambridge University Press, 2000. PR3093.C36 Κrontiris, Tina. Women and/in the Renaissance. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press, 2000. McDonald, Russ. The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare. Bedford, 2001. Smith, Emma. The Cambridge Ιntroduction to Shakespeare. Cambridge University Press, 2007. Tennenhouse, Leonard. Power on Display: The Politics of Shakespeare’s Genres. PR 3017.T45 1986
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