Non-Degree / Dates: 19-30 July 2021

This course will provide students with a basic foundation of the vast fields of literary and cultural criticism and theory, with an emphasis on the most prominent figures and ideas from twentieth-century to today. Using both literature and film as source materials, students will look closely at how our societies operate and the roles that art and text play in shaping our understandings of the world. Through teacher-led readings, viewings, and discussions, students will enhance their critical thinking skills as well as gain experience in developing their own points of view on a variety of abstract concepts and issues that surround our lives.

Students from any educational background will be able to benefit from this course but it is most likely to be of interest to those who have some experience in and knowledge of art, philosophy, politics, or literature.

Topics will include:

–        Different ways of interpreting art, film, and literature
–        Propaganda
–        Postcolonialism
–        Feminism
–        Capitalism/Marxism
–        Psychoanalysis
–        Phenomenology

By the end of the curriculum the participant will have a basic/intermediate understanding of the development of thought in the fields of literary criticism and critical theory, as well as an understanding of the contemporary issues therein.

Why this online course?

  • Classes will be dynamic, with a focus on the contemporary issues that our world faces.

  • Participants will gain new ways of appreciating and critiquing their favourite books and films.

  • The course will give space for everyone to develop and express their own points of view on a variety of topics.


Dr Miles Beard is a postdoctoral teacher and researcher at Tallinn University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland in 2020 and has also completed Masters degrees on global literatures and creative writing. With a research background in authorship, critical theory, and literary culture, he is currently researching a creative/critical novel supported by an award from the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies.


Real time video classes in Zoom (Ensure you have a stable and reliable internet connection).
Time Zone:  UTC/GMT +3 hours (Check the time difference to your location)

Classes take place from Monday to Friday from 10 to 13.30.


Undergraduate and graduate students from any background in the arts and humanities who are interested in art, philosophy, or literature.

Credit points


Students will be assessed based on their contributions to class discussions and there will be an optional essay for those who wish to receive ECTS credits.

Course fee

350 EUR