*Please submit exams to the Drama department main office, between 9am and 3:45pm

Participation – 10%
The course will combine lectures with discussion and in-class activities, and students are expected to arrive having seen the week’s film, and ready to discuss it along with the week’s readings. Students can see the film at the Monday evening screening, or on their own. In addition to the weekly screenings, numerous clips will be shown in class (and not at the screenings). Assignments will draw on films, readings, lectures and discussions.


Quizzes – 10%
Quizzes will take place at the beginning of class, and cannot be made up or rescheduled.


Assignment 1: Shot-by-shot Comparative Scene Analysis – 25%
Due: Tuesday January 27, 2009 at the beginning of class
Length: Shot-by-shot + 4-5 page essay-style analysis
This assignment will provide a short scene from one of Shakespeare’s plays and its equivalent scene from a filmic adaptation. You will complete a shot-by-shot outline of the film scene, and then use this to write an essay that compares the play scene to the film scene.
Download the Assignment sheet: STSC 309 Assignment 1


Assignment 2: Imaginary Film of a Shakespeare Play – 30%
Due: Tuesday March 24, 2009 at the beginning of class
Length: 6-10 pages
Download the Assignment sheet: STSC 309 Assignment 2


Final Test – 25%
Take-home exam:
Questions distributed: Tues. March 31 in class
Exams due: Wed April 15 by 3:45pm at the Drama desk.

Download the Final Exam Questions
Read the relevant text of Act 1 Scene 5


Submissions: All exams must be presented to the drama desk attendant to be signed and dated – do not submit exams to the instructors’ offices, or put them in the mailbox yourself, etc.

Electronic submissions: Paper copies are preferable. Emailed exams are acceptable, but the same date/time deadline above applies. If submitting electronically, please send a copy to both John and Natalie in a Word attachment. The paper will be considered submitted ONLY when you receive a confirmation email from one of John or Natalie.

Format: Please print your essays with 1-inch margins, using 12-pt font (Times New Roman is standard). In the ongoing effort to reduce paper,  you are encourage to print them single-spaced, and to use both sides of the paper, or use the clean side of a previously-printed page. In the latter case, please strike a line through the irrelevant side of the paper. Please write “STSC 309 Final Exam” at the top of the first page, and include your name and student number. Please refer to each question by its number on the exam (there is no need to type out the question).

DVDs: There are four copies of the DVD at the drama desk. One of those copies is on a 1-hour loan, and is marked to stay in the building. The idea is that you will download it on the spot to your laptop or memory key. The other copies are on overnight load. If you arrive to find all copies out, go back when Carol Anne says copies are meant to arrive. If this happens more than once, contact Natalie.

Extensions: We are not granting extensions on this assignment, as it is a final exam. If you have a medical emergency, please contact the instructors.


The pressure that arises from assignments and deadlines can lead to stress, and all students are subject to this stress through the course of their academic studies. Please know that our doors are open to discuss any challenges you may be facing, and to help you see them through. University study is a privilege that few can access, and in respect of this privilege, students must display integrity through their conduct and assignments. In the end, it is our ability to rise to life’s demands in the face of challenges that develops character, and makes our achievements truly meaningful. Students and Instructors are equally bound by the University’s policy on Academic Integrity; please familiarize yourself with these guidelines.

When submitting work for a course, ALL references, whether explicit or implicit, directly quoted or paraphrased, must be accurately documented, both in the body of the assignment (e.g. footnotes) and in a bibliography at the end of the paper. In addition, all work submitted for this course must be original to this course. If you consult secondary sources in the preparation of any assignment, you must note any arguments borrowed from these sources. For further information, carefully read ‘Plagiarism And How to Avoid It.’

As for deadlines, we do think it is in everyone’s best interest to just get work in on time. For the written assignments, a penalty of 2% per weekday will be applied, up to a maximum of 20% (two weeks late). Assignments more than two weeks late will not be accepted.

Exceptional circumstances may warrant a modification to this policy at the instructors’ discretion, and students are responsible for adequately communicating their circumstances to the instructor. If students demonstrate advance planning, the instructors are amenable to the idea of granting extensions using the following procedure: Request an extension via email. The instructor will respond, and if an extension is granted, you must print out the confirmation email and staple it to the assignment when it is submitted. This will be the record used for applying extensions.