In this course you will
become acquainted with Shakespeare's dramatic
and poetic genius through critical study of
selected works, in order to understand how the
Bard's use of literary elements, motifs, and
conventions generate themes of the works, as
well as how those works were influenced by a
variety of social and cultural issues and how
they continue to influence society and culture. These objectives will be met through
intense reading, research, quizzes and
examinations, and written responses (papers) to
This course has English 1001 and 1002 as required prerequisites, counts for three hours of General
Education credit at IVCC, and transfers to IAI-participating schools as an H3
905 class, and, as such, it must be approached with a serious and thoughtful attitude. In
addition, it will help you to attain several of the eight goals, deemed central
to IVCC's general education program, specifically:
Goal 1. To apply analytical and problem-solving skills to personal, social,
and professional issues and situations.
Goal 2. To communicate successfully, orally and in writing, to a variety
Goal 3. To develop an awareness of the
contributions made to civilization by the diverse cultures of the world,
including those within our own society.
Goal 4. To understand and use contemporary technology effectively and to
understand its impact on the individual and society.
Goal 5. To work and study effectively both individually and in collaboration
Goal 6. To understand what it means to act ethically and responsibly as an
individual in one’s career and as a member of society.
Goal 7. To develop and maintain a
healthy lifestyle, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Goal 8. To appreciate the ongoing value of learning, self-improvement, and
The primary readings are all
available online through MIT's
Complete Works of Shakespeare or the University of Virginia's
Electronic Text Collection; additionally, I have re-formatted them into printable
versions which you can access through the External Links section of
Blackboard. Please be aware that these printable versions are still
Garber, Marjorie. Shakespeare After All. New York: Anchor,
Required Texts for
Attending, Rental, Borrowing, or Purchase
You are required to watch several versions of
some of these works. You will be responsible for attending performances or
renting and viewing films. The IVCC library does have several
of the films.
Grading Scale (%)
F 59% and lower
Discussion Responses: 20%
Individual Participation (Quizzes): 20%
Examination #1: 15%
Examination #2: 15%
Papers (2): 30%
Discussion Responses, Individual participation, and Examinations are all
available in Blackboard.
Discussion Responses: You will be given questions to answer based on each
reading, some of which might entail some research. These will be shorter
written exercises than the more formal papers, and there will be one for each
play. Please respond to the question directly yourself, and then respond
least two classmates. Your initial response to the prompt should be
at least 200 words long and contain a quotation or two from the play in
question. Feel free to bring Garber or your other research on the plays into the
Individual Participation: You will be evaluated on your contribution and
efforts. There will be a reading comprehension and analysis quiz on each play
covered for the semester. Any other work,
in addition to these quizzes
but not otherwise listed above, will be graded and make up your participation grade. Note:
All of the quizzes are timed, and you can only access them once, so make sure
you're ready to take them before you take the links to them.
The Examinations: You will be tested over the material covered in class
discussions, and assigned readings and viewings. The examinations may include short answer, multiple choice,
true/false, and essay
questions. These exams will show that you have read or viewed the assigned texts critically and analytically, identifying common themes and
techniques in them, and can write clearly about them. There may be film viewings
to analyze for each exam.
Note: The exams are timed,
also, and I recommend that you view the film clips and take notes before
accessing the written portions of the exam.
The Papers: You will write two 5-6 page
research papers for this
class. Your papers
should be typed using double-spaced lines and should follow standard MLA
format. I prefer that you e-mail them to me with the
class prefix and number, class section number, and assignment title
in the subject line of your e-mail. Unless otherwise specified, these papers should, of course, have clearly stated thesis statements in
paragraph and comply to the standards given in IVCC's The Style Book. Papers will be given letter grades that will be converted to percentage points
before the final semester grade is calculated, and they will be evaluated on audience, grammar, organization, presentation, spelling,
and style as well as on content.
Expected Student Outcomes
Expected Student Behaviors
||Students will read/view texts with understanding and appreciation, reacting to and analyzing what he or she has
read/seen, by the date(s)
they are to be discussed.
Students will participate actively
in lectures and discussions, asking/submitting questions for clarification on ideas or issues, if
||Students will integrate and cite accurately information of other
writers, critics, or scholars, using those other opinions, beliefs, and/or
observations to support his or her own opinions, beliefs, and/or observations.
||Students will synthesize lecture, discussion, and text materials to come to a more solid world view on the impact
the Bard has and has had upon history, society, and the artistic world, and
Students will respect each other's personal beliefs and be committed to helping each other learn more about the course information
and themselves. Students will help each other become more confident in his or her own unique personal voice and see the authority in
his or her own personal experience.
The College's policy on plagiarism applies in this class; I will question you if your work does not appear to be your own. Keep all
notes, outlines, drafts, and finished assignments so that you can demonstrate that writing you have submitted is your own work,
should any question of plagiarism arise.
All students must attend class--either in person or virtually, where
permitted--however, if one decides that he or she
cannot complete the coursework, then that student must request a withdrawal from me through e-mail by noon on
3 November 2015. I
will not withdraw anyone from the class, even if they have stopped contributing, unless
it has been requested of me. Keep in mind, too, that withdrawing from a course may
jeopardize or change your financial aid, so be sure to consult with a financial
aid advisor before committing to a withdrawal.
You may be
eligible for academic accommodations if you have
a documented physical, psychiatric (anxiety,
depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD,
post-traumatic stress, or others), or cognitive
disability, such as a learning disability. If
you have a disability and need more information
regarding possible accommodations, then please
Office of Disability Services at
816-224-0634. Tina Hardy at (Tina_Hardy@ivcc.edu,
For each due date, please read the listed play
and the corresponding chapter about it from
Garber's Shakespeare After All, as well
as any other links listed, and complete the
corresponding quiz and discussion on Blackboard.
Please also read and explore the
debate, which you will find is the last unit
in Blackboard's discussion threads. Readings for
that topic can be found in the discussion
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Contact Kimberly M. Radek, the instructor of Introduction to Shakespeare I, at Kimberly_Radek@ivcc.edu .
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15 August 2015. Copyright Kimberly M. Radek,