Shakespeare on Film


The course will consider a group of filmed versions of Shakespeare's plays in relation to the play texts from which they derive and in relation to film techniques and effects.



  • Semester 2 - 2017


  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. A broad understanding of issues related to a set of Shakespeare texts, and to the adaptation of drama texts into film

2. A detailed understanding of a group of culturally central Shakespeare texts

3. Core skills in written and oral communication, in textual and in visual-medium analysis.


  • Reading and discussion of a group of Shakespeare play texts and associated secondary materials
  • Viewing and comparative study of filmed versions of the texts and associated secondary materials
  • General consideration of the adaptation of plays into film, bearing in mind the theatrical tradition of performance, staging and direction
  • Detailed consideration of the impact of film techniques on the construction of meaning by audiences

Assumed Knowledge

20 units of English at 1000 level

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Character Analysis (500 words)

Written Assignment: Comparative Analysis (2000 words)

Written Assignment: Thematic Analysis (2000 words)

Contact Hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Film Screening

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Seminar and Screening taught in a four-hour block.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term