Singapore University of Social Sciences

Understanding Shakespeare: Plays and Sonnets

Understanding Shakespeare: Plays and Sonnets (ELT211)

Applications Open: 01 April 2022

Applications Close: 15 June 2022

Next Available Intake: July 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


Understanding Shakespeare: Plays and Sonnets will examine three Shakespeare plays—Richard III, Macbeth, and The Tempest—as well as a selection of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. The course focuses on making the language and themes clear to a modern reader. The relevance of the plays’ and sonnets’ issues in the twenty-first century will also be explored.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Introduction to Shakespeare’s Plays
  • Richard III
  • Macbeth
  • The Tempest
  • “Problems” and Performance
  • The Sonnets

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss Shakespearean conventions of writing in the plays
  • Explain the structure of the Shakespearean sonnet
  • Analyse Shakespeare’s language and dramatic conventions
  • Examine the thematic concerns in the plays and the sonnets
  • Demonstrate the role of the cultural, historical, and political conditions of the production of these plays
  • Determine the relevance of the plays and sonnets in the twenty-first century
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