LITR19056 - Shakespeare Today

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this Unit, you will investigate Shakespeare’s insights on what it is to be human by analysing a selection of contemporary versions of his works. You will also investigate a range of issues relevant to the contemporary study of Shakespeare. The Unit is suitable for those with no prior knowledge of Shakespeare and for those studying to be English teachers.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

18 credit points

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 23.08% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback
Students indicated a need for updated lecture material that covered the most recent films.
Lectures to be updated as part of the CQU Refresh project for 2021.
Action Taken
The unit underwent a total refresh for 2021, with new interactive resources and assessment supports included in Weekly Study Guides.
Source: Student feedback Self reflection
Some students indicated a wish for more Zoom sessions but there were a limited number of students who attended the sessions that were made available.
Ensure Zoom session times are listed clearly at the start of the unit, and the content is useful and informative to increase engagement. As this is a fully online unit, make the lectures and resources more engaging.
Action Taken
A Weekly Schedule, that included Zoom times, was included under the Virtual Classes section in the new tiles template. Reminders were also sent in advance of Zoom sessions.
Source: Have your Say student feedback Emails with students Unit Coordinator reflection
The flexibility of being able to choose different plays/films for study and different approaches in assessment task is appreciated by students.
Continue the refreshed model of the unit, and update material as required.
Action Taken
Source: Have your Say student feedback Unit Coordinator reflection
Microsoft Teams was embraced by some students, who engaged in valuable discussions about Shakespeare works and issues, however, overall it was not widely utilised.
Continue offering the Microsoft Teams tool, but investigate ways to engage more students in valuable discussions.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse and appraise Shakespeare’s exploration of the human condition
  2. Articulate ways in which contemporary critical practices have shaped our interpretations of Shakespeare’s works.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment