Somerville Secondary College

Shakespeare Studies

Featured Learning AreaEnglish
Additional Learning AreasThe Arts (Media)
Learning Capabilities DevelopedCritical/Creative Thinking


When William Shakespeare died in 1616, he could not have guessed that people would still be in love with his plays and sonnets more than 300 years later. Yet his playful prose and deep insights into the nature of humanity mean that the playwright’s works are still admired and enjoyed in the modern world. This unit aims to help students develop their own love of the bard, as generations of others have before them, with an exploration of not just his actual works, but how the English language evolved with him, and also how the world has adapted his work ever since.

Shakespeare Studies will delve into the world and works of the playwright himself as well as look at how the plays and poems of the English language’s most important dramatist has inspired and informed literary works of the modern day, including 10 Things I Hate About You, Westside Story, and even The Lion King. The subject will include assessment tasks designed to prepare students for VCE, as well as portfolio activities where students can pursue their own creative passions and responses to Shakespeare’s work.

This unit also comes with excursions and incursions to see Shakespeare’s plays.