ENG 201 : Shakespeare
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
The major plays of Shakespeare's early and middle periods. May also include selected study of his sonnets. Need not be taken in sequence.
1. Build knowledge of a major literary author/genre
a. Situate the plays/texts of William Shakespeare within their contexts (e.g. literary historical periods and influences, cultural and biographical background of authors, authorial intentions and critical reception).
b. Explain and illustrate how works of Shakespeare reflect or shape significant aspects of their contexts.
c. Define and explicate key literary and theatrical elements in Shakespeare’s works, such as plot, character, theme, cast, stage, scene, symbol, and style.
2. Develop Skills in Literary Analysis Evaluation
a. Apply close reading, contextual background information, dramatic and theatrical concepts and approaches, and multiple perspectives to the analysis and interpretation of works of drama.
b. Use comparative analysis to demonstrate significant differences and similarities among works of drama (e.g. between works of the same or different genres; between works of the same or different periods of Shakespeare’s literary/dramatic activity).
c. Formulate and apply persuasive criteria to the evaluation of works and/or viewed—appropriate to the context and genre of the example, and distinguishing between personal responses and literary-critical judgment.
3. Exercise Effective Communication Skills
a. Use effective oral and written communication to express interpretations and evaluations of literary works.
b. Use well-selected evidence from the assigned works to support one's interpretations, analyses, and evaluations.
General education/Related instruction lists
- Discipline Studies/Arts and Letters