English Literature (Where did Shakespeare Get His Ideas From?)

Course code: LCXR202P

Subject area: Languages

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

2:00pm - 4:00pm


23rd Sep 2020 - 9th Dec 2020

Oxford Adult Learning Cowley

Contact details


01235 555 585

This course deals with Shakespeare’s sources. We will look at Shakespeare’s plays roughly in chronological order, and for each play we will examine one or more texts that provided the main plot elements and other significant textual aspects. There is a languages component to this, since most of these sources are originally Italian, French or Latin. We will use a contemporary translation where it exists, or failing that a modern one. Learners who have a knowledge of the original language will be also invited to consult the original texts.

Over the 11 weeks of the course we will cover some of the Shakespeare canon. The arrangement will be more flexible than doing one play per week: in some cases, we will spend more than one week on the same play; in other cases (especially for the history plays) we will group together more than one play with the same sources. Course time will be divided equally between tutor-led exposition and learners’ activities and discussion. All learning will take place in class, but there will be scope for learners to pursue independent study if they wish to.
Please note there will be no teaching sessions on 02/10/2019, 21/12/2019, 28/12/2019, 04/01/2020, 22/02/2020, 11/04/2020, 18/04/2020 and 30/05/2020

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A follow-on course that looks at different aspects of early modern English drama; continuing-education, further-education or higher-education courses on similar subjects; creative writing courses.
• A good understanding of written and spoken English (B2 for non-native speakers).
• A willingness to engage with texts in early modern English. No previous knowledge of the language or literature of this period is required.
• Learners will have the opportunity to apply any knowledge of French, Italian or Latin they may have, but there is no requirement to know any languages apart from English.
• An ability, or willingness to acquire the ability, to access texts online or through libraries, since a wide variety of texts will be consulted during the course.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2020 prior to starting the course.

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For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2020 prior to starting the course.
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If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

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16 - 18 Fee

19+ Fee

Tution Fee: £107.80
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £107.80

19+ Reduced Fee

Tuition Fee: £64.68
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £64.68

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.