Reach back into the past and discover the bard Reach back into the past and discover the bard

Academic Lead: Elizabeth McDonald

Accreditation: 20 UCU/10 ECTS

Level: Undergraduate level 5

Where better to study the works of the Bard than in the second city of Shakespearean England? Norwich offers a perfect backdrop, with the medieval city making up the spine of the modern landscape, and the many theatrical performances offering students the chance to see the plays being performed. Students are invited to reach back into the past and read Shakespeare’s plays in their original historical, cultural and performance context.

The module will develop students’ ability to read and analyse the rich language of the plays as well as gaining a more detailed appreciation of how they relate to the turbulent and dynamic period of history in which they were first written and performed. There will be seminars with leading academics where there will be the chance to discuss and question Shakespeare’s plays.

Discussions will be complemented with visits to at least two performances of plays, one at the reconstructed Globe Theatre in London and the other in Stratford-Upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace). These trips will animate the physical settings of the stories Shakespeare tells and allow students to experience them first-hand.

By the end of the module students will:

  • Have developed their ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written exchanges.
  • Have developed their ability to gather information from a variety of sources and synthesise that information.
  • Have developed their ability to collaborate with others to achieve common goals.
  • Have developed independence of thought and initiative.

Field trips may include:

The Globe Theatre London and Stratford-Upon-Avon (residential trip).


Students should bring a love of reading and learning about the past and a willingness to engage with Shakespearean language. No specific knowledge or experience is required.


A £300.00 supplement applies for this module. Please see our fees page for further information. 


"UEA has an amazing atmosphere. I immediately felt welcomed, and everyone was willing to help – whether it be about visas or which are the best bars in Norwich! The campus is gorgeous, and the size of the campus (much, much smaller than my university at home) definitely helped with the close-knit vibe of the university". Emma, Australia 2013.

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