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Literature courses cover a variety of topics and text types, available in a number of languages, and they are offered at universities and academic institutions around the world. Designed for students with a professional or personal interest in literature and the written word, Literature courses are suited to full time students, working professionals or any other interested continuing education students. Credits from Literature courses can often be applied to a degree program. Other Literature courses are designed for professional development and can provide valuable qualifications in the form of a certificate or diploma to successful course graduates.

Literature courses require students to read a number of texts, think critically, and present their ideas, interpretations and insights in class or through written assignments. These courses can last anywhere from a few days to a year. Some Literature courses are available part time or online, making it possible to study Literature while managing a busy schedule away from university.

If you could benefit from the in depth investigation of written works within your academic area of interest, read more about Literature courses at the featured universities and schools listed below. You can narrow your search using the drop-down menus below.

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Course in Ancient Greece

American College of Norway
Campus Full time Part time 1 semester August 2018 Norway Moss + 1 more

A study of Greek prehistory and history to the end of the Hellenistic era. Greek achievements in art, commerce, literature, politics, religion, science, and technology are surveyed. [+]

Please be aware, you must enroll as a full time student at The American College of Norway and that means that you must study 5 of our courses (Totaling 15 credit). We will communicate with you to discuss which of our other courses you would like to include.

A study of Greek prehistory and history to the end of the Hellenistic era. Greek achievements in art, commerce, literature, politics, religion, science, and technology are surveyed.

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Introduction to Literature and Culture Course: Graphic Narratives and Magical Realities

American College of Norway
Campus Full time Part time 1 semester August 2018 Norway Moss + 1 more

The course will explore Graphic Narratives as genre, covering broad themes of Fantasy, Magic Realism, and Feminism. First, we will explore the different forms that Graphic Narratives take, including books and web comics, alongside how they differ from super-hero comics and Japanese manga. [+]

Please be aware, you must enroll as a full time student at The American College of Norway and that means that you must study 5 of our courses (Totaling 15 credit). We will communicate with you to discuss which of our other courses you would like to include.

The course will explore Graphic Narratives as genre, covering broad themes of Fantasy, Magic Realism, and Feminism.

First, we will explore the different forms that Graphic Narratives take, including books and web comics, alongside how they differ from super-hero comics and Japanese manga. During this time, we will also discuss how reading and interpreting images affects our understanding of the texts.

After discussing Graphic Narratives as a genre, we will read several examples that touch on themes of Fantasy & Magical Realism, each with a unique and distinctly feminine perspective. Students will consider topics such as how Fantasy and Popular Culture influence our everyday lives, how authors portray women in this genre, and how the genre of Graphic Narratives informs our conversations and thinking about these topics.... [-]


Creative Writing and Literature Gap Year programme

Oxford Royale Academy
Campus Full time 10 - 10 weeks September 2018 United Kingdom Yarnton Oxford + 1 more

The ideal programme both for students who wish to write for a living and those who wish to expand their literary horizons in order to gain a head start ahead of going to university. [+]

Even if your interest in creative writing and literature is that of a hobbyist rather than an academic, the skills you can expect to gain from this course will be highly transferable to other areas, particularly within the humanities. The emphasis of the course is not only on developing a deeper understanding of your chosen subject area, but also in training broader skills in research, communication, analysis and independent study.

The Extended Project

As with all of the Oxford Gap Year programmes, the Creative Writing and Literature course focuses on the production of an extended piece of writing that the student must research and produce independently under the guidance of our tutors. Students on the Creative Writing and Literature Gap Year programme have the choice to write an academic thesis, such as an evaluation of a particular text or texts, or to focus on producing an extended piece of creative writing, which might be a series of poems, a novella, a collection of short stories or something else along similar lines.... [-]


Course in Spanish-American literature

Kulturstudier
Campus Full time 1 semester August 2018 Argentina Buenos Aires

This subject provides an introduction to Spanish-American literature. The course is offered in combination with Spanish to obtain 30 credits. Our partner for this course is Universidad Nacional de San Martin in Buenos Aires. [+]

Course in Spanish-American literature

Study location: Buenos Aires, Argentina This subject provides an introduction to Spanish-American literature. The course is offered in combination with Spanish to obtain 30 credits. Our partner for this course is Universidad Nacional de San Martin in Buenos Aires.

What will you learn?

The course provides an introduction to Spanish-American literature, from modernism to the present. Representative texts from different countries and genres, give the students an overview of main literary trends. This program provides insight into basic literary analysis. You learn to comment on the course literature and will be able to put this in the relevant literature historical context.... [-]


A Level English Literature Course

UK Open College
Online Part time 700 hours Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

This full new specification A Level course can be completed from home at your own pace from anywhere in the world. Students can enrol anytime 365 days a year and once registered can be studying within days. [+]

This full new specification A Level course can be completed from home at your own pace from anywhere in the world. Students can enrol anytime 365 days a year and once registered can be studying within days. No set term times and no enrolment dates.

This specification is designed to:

Develop candidates' understanding of English Literature. Draw on their experiences at GCSE as well as offering a secure foundation for the study of English beyond A-level Develop interest in and enjoyment of independent reading Develop personal responses as critics of both literary and non-literary texts Qualification: A Level English Literature Accredited: Yes QCF Recognised: Yes Awarding Body: Edexcel Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year Duration: Flexible - Approx 700 Hours - 2 years support U CAS Points: Dependant on Grades Syllabus ... [-]

Course A Level English Language and Literature

UK Open College
Online Part time 700 hours Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

This course covers the brand new spec introduced in September 2015. UK Open College is pleased to offer the opportunity to study A-level English Language and Literature as specified by Edexcel. [+]

This course covers the brand new spec introduced in September 2015. UK Open College is pleased to offer the opportunity to study A-level English Language and Literature as specified by Edexcel. The A-level aims to encourage candidates:

To use integrated linguistic and literary approaches in their reading and interpretation of texts; To engage creatively and independently with a wide range of spoken, written and multimodal texts, exploring the relationship between texts; To undertake independent and sustained studies to develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language Qualification: A Level English Literature & English (9ELO) Accredited: Yes QCF Recognised: Yes Awarding Body: Edexcel Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year Duration: Flexible - Approx 700 Hours - 2 years support UCAS Points: Dependant on Grades Syllabus ... [-]

A Level Classical Civilisation Course

UK Open College
Online Part time 700 hours Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

The study of classical civilisation is understandably a wide-ranging and far-reaching one encompassing a variety of subjects; history, literature, linguistics, numismatics, epigraphy, archaeology, art, architecture and philosophy. [+]

The study of classical civilisation is understandably a wide-ranging and far-reaching one encompassing a variety of subjects; history, literature, linguistics, numismatics, epigraphy, archaeology, art, architecture and philosophy. Classical civilisation is the term applied to the civilisations of Greece and Rome.

In terms of a time scale, Classical Greece is usually considered to be the 5th and 4th centuries, specifically the period between the end of the Persian Wars to the death of Alexander the Great: 479-323 BC. The Roman period is more difficult to pin down to specific dates. Most universities will start with the beginnings of Roman expansion into Italy in the early 5th century and run to Alaric’s sack of Rome in 410 AD. This course is designed to allow you to study at your own pace and is designed to develop an interest and understanding of Classical Civilisation.... [-]


Course: Speed Reading with The World's Fastest Reader!

Of Course Learning
Online Part time Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online USA USA Online + 1 more

Discover the World’s Fastest Reader’s secrets for doubling your reading speed whilst boosting comprehension. Get through your summer reading list in next to no time with this speed reading course! Howard Berg’s claim to fame began with the 1990 Guinness Book of World Records, in which he was first recognized as the world’s fastest reader with an incredible speed of 25,000 words in a single minute.

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Discover the World’s Fastest Reader’s secrets for doubling your reading speed whilst boosting comprehension. Get through your summer reading list in next to no time with this speed reading course! Howard Berg’s claim to fame began with the 1990 Guinness Book of World Records, in which he was first recognized as the world’s fastest reader with an incredible speed of 25,000 words in a single minute. In this course, he reveals his secrets and will help you to double your reading speed. Having appeared on over 1,100 radio and television shows, you will be learning from the best in the business. If you’ve ever wanted to be able to consume information as quickly and efficiently as Mike Ross in Suits, then we look forward to seeing you on the inside!... [-]


Courses Literature and Linguistics

Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
Campus Full time February 2019 Brazil São Paulo

This program aims at exploring a wide range of topics in the Portuguese language, Brazilian literature, literature in English, Comparative literature, Translation Studies, Cultural Studies. the courses will focus on issues such [+]

This program aims at exploring a wide range of topics in the Portuguese language, Brazilian literature, literature in English, Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, Cultural Studies. The courses will focus on issues such as discursive and textual structure of Portuguese language, genre, teaching/learning languages, literary theory, translation theory.

Courses: Brazilian Short Stories and Cinema: Modern and Contemporary Visions Educating and Self Cultivating Literature: The Bildungsroman (novel of self-cultivation) as a Genre Elizabeth Bishop: Brazil Through the Eyes of an American Poet Introduction to Comparative Literature Language Awareness and Implications for Teaching, Learning and Instructional Interaction Language Policy Literature and History Literature in Early Childhood Reading Brazil through Literature Spoken Language: Research Perspectives and Principles in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching Translation Theory and Research Methods in Translation Studies [-]

Course - Russian poetry of the Silver Age

Russian State University For The Humanities
Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Moscow

The course includes 16 classes: 4 lectures and 12 seminars. It aims to familiarize the students with the general trends in the Silver Age poetry, including Symbolism, Acmeism, Futurism, etc. Lectures serve as general introduction to the brief history of Russia and culture [+]

Course - Russian poetry of the Silver Age

Language: English

Time of courses: Available starting academic year 2013-2014

Any semester if a group assembles

The course includes 16 classes: 4 lectures and 12 seminars. It aims to familiarize the students with the general trends in the Silver Age poetry, including Symbolism, Acmeism, Futurism, etc. Lectures serve as general introduction to the brief history of Russia and culture, and to the general principles of analyzing poetry, including formal analysis. The syllabus includes, among other, poems by V. Bruisov, A. Blok, A. Akhmatova, O. Mandelshtam, N. Gumilev, V. Mayakovsky, V, Khlebnikov, M. Tsvetaeva. After one or two sample poem analyses presented by the lecturer, the students present their own readings of the poems they select from the reading list. The course involves an active use of various visual aids, and students are encouraged to draw upon non-visual arts such as music. The course requirements include class presentations, participation in class discussion, and two papers: a mid-term paper of 10-15 pages, and a final paper of 20-25 pages.... [-]


Course - 20th century Russian literature

Russian State University For The Humanities
Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Moscow

The course includes 16 classes: 10 lectures and 6 seminars. It aims to familiarize the students with the general trends in the late 19th - early 20th century Russian literature before the revolution, during [+]

Course - 20th century Russian literature

Language: English

Time of courses: Available starting academic year 2012-2013

Any semester if a group assembles

The course includes 16 classes: 10 lectures and 6 seminars. It aims to familiarize the students with the general trends in the late 19th- early 20thcentury Russian literature before the revolution, during the Soviet times, and after the collapse of the USSR in the 1991. The reading list includes Silver Age poetry and prose, works by M. Gorky, I. Babel, M. Bulgakov, N. Ostrovsky, M. Zoshchenko, A. Akmatova, B. Pasternak, V. Pelevin, and others. The lectures serve to give the students a brief introduction to the Russian history and culture and to provide them with the tools necessary to perform their own analysis of selected works from the syllabus; their readings of individual literary works will be presented at seminars to be further discussed with in class. The course requirements include class presentations, participation in class discussion, and two papers: a mid-term paper of 10-15 pages, and a final paper of 20-25 pages.... [-]


Learning English GCSE Course

Oplex Careers
Online Part time Open Enrollment United Kingdom UK Online

This Learning English GCSE Course will provide learners with a fantastic insight into learning key skills to prepare for studying their English Language and Literacy GCSE’s. Covering aspects of poetry, fictional writing, non-fictional writing, transactional writing. [+]

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This Learning English GCSE Course will provide learners with a fantastic insight into learning key skills to prepare for studying their English Language and Literacy GCSE’s. Covering aspects of poetry, fictional writing, non-fictional writing, transactional writing. Whether you are in a position where you need to your GCSE in English and not sure where to start, or are wanting to work in this field and need the confidence to study your course, or simply want to gain new skills, this course is perfect.

Course Highlights Price: Only £24.00 Was £299.99 Course Type: Online Course Duration: 90 hours, recommended hours Syllabus: 12-course modules Tutor Support: Full tutor support included Exams: Yes, exam fees are included. Start learning: you can start your online learning 24/7 and study towards your goals. Fine Print Qualification: Level 3 CPD Award Certificate: PDF Certificate included with course, optional Hard Copies £9.99. Access: Unlimited 24/7 access for 12 months, option to extend if needed. Compatibility: Desktop, Mac, Laptop, Tablets, Smartphone and Smart Devices ... [-]

Course in Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing

FutureLearn
Online Part time 6 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Find out how poems, plays, and novels can help us understand and cope with a deep emotional strain in this free online course. [+]

The great 18th-century writer Dr. Samuel Johnson, who suffered from severe bouts of depression, said: “the only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life or better to endure it.”

Taking Johnson’s phrase as a starting point, this course considers how poems, plays, and novels can help us understand and cope with times of deep emotional strain.

Along the way, you’ll hear from doctors, who offer a medical perspective, and from people who have turned to literature at moments of crisis, including such well-known figures as Melvyn Bragg, Mark Haddon, Sir Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry.

What topics will you cover?

Together, we’ll explore six themes:

Stress: In poetry, the word “stress” refers to the emphasis of certain syllables in a poem’s meter. How might the metrical “stresses” of poetry help us to cope with the mental and emotional stresses of modern life? Heartbreak: Is heartbreak a medical condition? What can Sidney’s sonnets and Austen’s Sense and Sensibility teach us about suffering and recovering from a broken heart? Bereavement: The psychologist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross famously proposed that there are five stages of grief. How might Shakespeare’s Hamlet and poems by Wordsworth and Hardy help us to think differently about the process of grieving? Trauma: PTSD or “shellshock” has long been associated with the traumatic experiences of soldiers in World War 1. How is the condition depicted in war poetry of the era? Can poems and plays offer us an insight into other sources of trauma, including miscarriage... [-]

Course : How to Read a Novel

FutureLearn
Online Part time 4 weeks January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online

Get underneath the skin of a novel by understanding some of the main building blocks of modern fiction. [+]

Get more from your reading

What makes a great novel? How is a novel woven together? How can we best appreciate works of fiction?

Answer these questions and more with this course from The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

On the course, you’ll discover four of the main building blocks of modern fiction: plot, characterization, dialogue, and setting using examples from a range of texts including the four novels we shortlisted for the James Tait Black fiction prize last year. You’ll also explore the formal strategies authors use, how they came to be, and how they affect us as readers.

What topics will you cover? The course examines specific techniques relating to plotting and temporality including flashbacks, unreliable narration and framed narratives. The course considers ways of understanding character, such as behavior and motives. It explores issues relating to the presentation of dialogue, including conversational mood and dialect voices. The course examines the impact of various different settings on the development of plot and character. It invites learners to test their understanding through weekly quizzes and a final peer assessment task. The course covers the four novels shortlisted for the James Tait Black fiction prize 2017: C. E. Morgan’s The Sport of Kings, Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs to You, Eimear McBride’s The Lesser Bohemians, and Jo Baker’s A Country Road, A Tree. What will you achieve? ... [-]

Course about Gabriel García Márquez: Power, History and Love

FutureLearn
Online Part time 8 weeks November 2018 United Kingdom UK Online

In this course, you will be able to identify Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez’s narrative contributions to world literature through the study of three of the author’s obsessions: power, history, and love.

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In this course, you will be able to identify Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez’s narrative contributions to world literature through the study of three of the author’s obsessions: power, history, and love. You will have the opportunity to enjoy reading the following works: The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother (1972), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981), Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), The General in his Labyrinth (1989) and Of Love and Other Demons (1994).

Reading these works chronologically will allow you to appreciate how the author’s literary production evolves.

You will explore the characteristics of “the dictator novel”, reaching a clear understanding of the particularities of the new historical novel. You will also reflect upon the relationship between history and fiction and understand the author’s literary influences.... [-]