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History of Shakespeare Diploma Course

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10 Modules
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What Will You Learn?

William Shakespeare – poet, playwright and actor. His work has given us a deep and lasting sense of the value of human life and love. Through his insight into his characters’ feelings and emotions, we have gained a world of insight into ourselves – our light and also our darkness.

The History of Shakespeare Diploma Course aims to give you an idea of who Shakespeare was, the world that he was born into and helped to shape, and the reason his plays in particular – though his poetry too – are considered to be the work of a genius.

Shakespeare was born during the perfect period in which to make use of his skills – the Renaissance. We’ll look at how the movement greatly influenced the creative development of theatre and poetry in England, and how Elizabethan theatre developed through patronage and the creation of theatre venues.

We’ll look into William Shakespeare’s personal life – his upbringing, schooling and marriage –  and his professional life, working in London and what it was about his writing that made him stand out from the crowd.

We’ll examine the genres of plays in which Shakespeare wrote, covering his histories, tragedies, comedies, and romances, along with his sonnets. We’ll then look into some of the myths that surround Shakespeare, including the belief that he didn’t write any of his plays!

The course concludes with an exploration into the power of Shakespearean language, characterisation, universal themes and influence on modern culture.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Gain a greater understanding and appreciation of William Shakespeare
  • Become more familiar with Shakespeare’s histories, tragedies, comedies, romances, and sonnets
  • Be aware of some of the myths that surround the writer
  • Understand the power of Shakespeare’s language, characters and themes
  • Be aware of how Shakespeare has influenced modern culture
Illustration of William Shakespeare taken from the Dramatic Works by William Shakespeare

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The Renaissance
  • Part 2: The Start of the English Renaissance
  • Part 3: The Education of Princess Elizabeth
  • Part 4: The Beginning of Elizabethan Theatre
  • Part 5: The Age of the Poet
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Shakespeare’s Parents
  • Part 2: Shakespeare’s Early Childhood
  • Part 3: Anne Hathaway and the Marriage of Shakespeare
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Shakespeare in London
  • Part 2: Patronage in Elizabethan England
  • Part 3: The Development of Theatre Companies and Venues
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: A Timeline of Shakespeare’s Plays in the 1590s
  • Part 2: The Genius of Shakespeare
  • Part 3: Innovative Literary Devices
  • Part 4: Shakespeare and King James I
  • Part 5: Returning to Stratford
  • Video: The Sources for Shakespeare's Plays
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Shakespeare´s History Plays in Context
  • Part 2: The Henriad (Major Tetralogy)
  • Part 3: The Minor Tetralogy
  • Part 4: The Final Two History Plays
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: Influences on Renaissance Theatre
  • Part 2: Common Features of Shakespearean Tragedy
  • Part 3: Shakespeare’s 10 Tragedies
  • Part 4: Problem Plays
  • Video: Shakespeare's Greatest Villains
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Difficulty of Categorising Shakespeare’s Comedies
  • Part 2: Elements of Comedies and Romances
  • Part 3: Shakespeare’s Comedies
  • Part 4: Shakespeare’s Romance Plays
  • Video: Cross-Dressing in Shakespeare's Plays
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: The History of the Sonnet
  • Part 2: The Sonnet Form
  • Part 3: The “Fair Youth” Sonnets
  • Part 4: The Dark Lady Sonnets
  • Part 5: The Publication of Shakespeare’s Sonnets
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Was Shakespeare Uneducated?
  • Part 2: The Shakespearean Authorship Question
  • Part 3: The Case for Edward de Vere
  • Part 4: The Case for Sir Francis Bacon
  • Part 5: The Case for Emilia Bassano
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Life After Shakespeare
  • Part 2: The Slow Road to Bardolatry
  • Part 3: Shakespeare and Language
  • Part 4: Revising History
  • Part 5: The Universality of Shakespeare’s Work
  • Part 6: Shakespeare’s Themes
  • Part 7: Shakespeare in Popular Culture
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

This course is for anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of Shakespeare himself, the period in which he was active, why his plays and poems were so well received at the time and continue to be so revered.

You’ll also learn about his writing style, the devices he used, and the different forms and categories in which he wrote – providing you with a new, exciting perspective from which to appreciate his work.

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The History of Shakespeare Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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History of Shakespeare Diploma Course
History of Shakespeare Diploma Course
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