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Shakespeare Programme

Courses and Credits

All of the courses offered on The Shakespeare Programme are worth three (3) credits.

Core Courses (required for all students)

JSEN - 346 - Shakespeare: The Tragedies
A study of Shakespeare's tragic work, including the four great tragedies: Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear and Othello. The course will include study of contemporary critical perspectives on Shakespeare (e.g. New Historicism, Gender Studies) and study of Shakespeare on film and television.

JSTH - 334 - Special Studies in Theater History & Theory: Drama Criticism
A series of discussions of productions seen each week. Discussion will be led by a leading London theater critic. In addition students will be required to write a critique of each performance.

Select ONE of the following:

JSTH - 230 Theater & Culture IIShakespeare students
A study of Western theater from the19th century to the present day relating the development of theater to changes in society. Students explore and analyze how theater's components — plays, acting, design, theory, and management — combine to express and reflect a culture's dominant values. (Schools may regard this as either a drama course or a theater history course).

JSEN - 345 Shakespeare: The Comedies & Histories
A study of selected comedies and histories that will include contemporary critical perspectives on Shakespeare (e.g. New Historicism, Gender Studies) and study of Shakespeare on film and television.

Elective Courses (one, two or three may be selected)

JSTH - 303 Acting Styles (Comedy)
Concentrated scene study from major periods of theatrical history. Among the styles to be explored are Restoration comedy, Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward and Harold Pinter. Prior undergraduate courses in acting are a prerequisite for this course.

JSTH - 304 Special Studies in Acting: Shakespeare
Concentrated scene study of a number of Shakespeare plays. Prior undergraduate courses in acting are a prerequisite for this course.

JSTH - 231 Directing for the Theater
An intensive introduction to the craft of directing for the stage. The fundamentals of script analysis and interpretation, and production research and preparation will be explored in a seminar setting, while the studio will be the laboratory for developing clear lines of action and the world of the play through composition, picturization, and improvisation, as well as exploring the collaborative process with actors and designers. This course is offered based upon enrollment.

JSTH - 230 Theater & Culture IIShakespeare group
(if not selected as Core Course)
A study of Western theater from the19th century to the present day relating the development of theater to changes in society. Students explore and analyze how theater's components — plays, acting, design, theory, and management — combine to express and reflect a culture's dominant values. (Schools may regard this as either a drama course or a theater history course).

JSTH - 325 Playwriting
During this course writers will work on scripts which will be discussed, analyzed and evaluated in terms of character development, dramatic structure and originality. Selected scripts will be read in public at the end of the course.

JSTH - 334 Special Studies in Theater History & Theory: Drama Criticism
(if not selected as Core Course)
A series of discussions of productions seen each week. Discussion will be led by a leading London theater critic. In addition students will be required to write a critique of each performance.

JSEN - 343 Shakespeare's Contemporaries: Elizabethan & Jacobean Drama
Study of the drama of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, exclusive of Shakespeare, but including such writers as Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, and Beaumont and Fletcher. This course is offered based upon enrollment.


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