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Medium Of InstructionsMode Of LearningMode Of Delivery
EnglishSelf StudyVideo and Text Based

Course Overview

The origin of literature in different cultures is fascinating, and it reveals our shared heritage with other parts of the world. The need for expression and sharing through words, poetry, songs, and dancing is at the root of literature. Thus, literature is as old as human civilisation itself. Online Refresher Course in Arts (Literature & Culture) by Swayam aims to teach the birth of world literature in various cultures.

The Online Refresher Course in Arts (Literature & Culture) syllabus offers an introduction to the key literary texts and elements worldwide and at different ages. It includes literary texts from ancient world civilisations to the modern and postcolonial time. The course structure has been divided into three broad sections, including 40 modules.

In addition, the Online Refresher Course in Arts (Literature & Culture) course comes under the Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT) programme. The course has also been approved by the AICTE and is offered and delivered by Jawaharlal Nehru University’s faculty (JNU).

The Highlights

  • FDP course
  • Approved by AICTE 
  • Online modules
  • Postgraduate programme
  • 16 weeks duration
  • Offered by Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT)
  • End of course exam

Programme Offerings

  • 40 online modules
  • AICTE approved
  • Offered by JNU
  • Postgraduate Level
  • Literature and culture
  • FDP programme
  • End of course exam

Courses and Certificate Fees

Certificate Availability

What you will learn

Knowledge of history

The Online Refresher Course in Arts (Literature & Culture) syllabus will discuss the following concepts:

  • Literary texts from the ancient world civilisations
  • Bhakti, Sufi poetry and other literary cultures
  • Postcolonial literature 
  • Modern Literature
  • Feminist theatre and literature

Who it is for

Admission Details

  • Visit the Swayam course page for the Online Refresher Course in Arts (Literature & Culture)
  • Check whether the enrollment is still going on for the course.
  • If yes, click on ‘Sign in/Register’ and log in to your student account.
  • In case you don’t have a Swayam account, fill in the details to sign up for a new one.

Application Details

No application form is required to sign up for the Online Refresher Course in Arts (Literature & Culture) program. You just have to sign in or sign up to create a Swayam learning account. You can create a new account by simply entering a username, email address, and a unique password. Next, you will receive a verification code, and the process will be complete.

The Syllabus

  • Module 1 : Perrunkappiam, Epic (Tamil, Indian)
  • Module 2 : Fable (Sanskrit, Indian)
  • Module 3: Tragedy (Greek & European)
  • Module 4: Natya [Theatre]- I (Sanskrit, Indian)
  • Module 5: Natya [Theatre]- II (Sanskrit, Indian)
  • Module 6: Genres of Ancient Chinese Literature (Chinese)

  • Module 7: Genres of Bhakti Poetry-I (Sanskrit and Modern Indian languages, )
  • Module 8: Genres of Bhakti Poetry-II (Sanskrit and Modern Indian languages)
  • Module 9: Vacana (Kannada, Indian)
  • Module 10: Genres of Sufi Poetry Poetry- I (Persian and Modern Indian languages, Indian)
  • Module 11:Genres of Sufi Poetry- II (Persian and Modern Indian languages, Indian)
  • Module 12: Ghazal (Urdu and English, Indian)
  • Module 13: Nazm (Urdu, Indian)
  • Module 14: Kahani (Hindi, Indian)
  • Module 15: Haiku (Japanese)
  • Module 16: Noh (Japanese)
  • Module 17: Kabuki (Japanese)
  • Module 18: Sonnet (European)

  • Module 19: Anti-Utopian Novel (Russian)
  • Module 20: Modernist Poetry (French)
  • Module 21: Theatre of Cruelty (French)
  • Module 22: Epic Theatre (German)
  • Module 23: Poor Theatre (Polish)
  • Module 24: Theatre of the Oppressed (Portuguese, Brazilian)
  • Module 25: Ethnic Fiction -I (African American)
  • Module 26: Ethnic Fiction-II (African American)
  • Module 27: Postcolonial Irish drama-I (English, Irish)
  • Module 28: Postcolonial Irish drama-II (English, Irish)
  • Module 29: Science Fiction (English, Indian)
  • Module 30: Ethnic Poetry & Performance- Baiga Dance-Songs-I (Indian)
  • Module 31: Ethnic Poetry & Performance- Baiga Dance-Songs-II (Indian)
  • Module 32: American Fiction (English, American)
  • Module 33: Dalit Autobiography (Hindi and Marathi, Indian)
  • Module 34: Aboriginal Australian Autobiography (English, Australian)
  • Module 35: Short Fiction by Women Writers-I: (English, Indian)
  • Module 36: Short Fiction by Women Writers-II: (English, Indian)
  • Module 37: Autobiography(Spanish)
  • Module 38: Picaresque Novel (Spanish)
  • Module 39: South Asian Novel (English, South Asian)
  • Module 40: Feminist Theatre & Performance (Indian)


JNU Delhi Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

1: Do I require a degree in English literature to enrol in the programme?

No prerequisite has been mentioned to enroll in the Online Refresher Course in Arts (Literature & Culture) programme.

2: What is the number of modules available for this course?

There are 40 modules that are a part of three main sections.

3: Will the course be delivered by the JNU faculty?

Yes, the course will be delivered by Prof. Dhananjay Singh, a part of the English faculty at JNU.

4: Has the AICTE approved this programme?

Yes, the course has been approved by AICTE.


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