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FutureStream: Literature | The World of Romeo and Juliet


Ever wondered how the timeless tale of Romeo and Juliet has been reimagined across cultures and mediums, from ancient Persian epics like Layla-Majnun to modern films like Ram Leela and Arshinagar? This live, interactive, and certified course, spanning four weekends, invites you to explore the multifaceted world of Shakespeare’s iconic play. Together, we’ll delve into how the Bard’s vision has been adapted and reinterpreted globally, examining the cultural, social, and emotional nuances that make this story universally resonant. Along the way, you will gain a critical understanding of literature’s power to question borders of community and desire.

Designed for high schoolers (Grades 9-12), this course offers a university-level insight into the transformative world of literature and its role in shaping our collective imagination.

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Dates Eligibility Fees 
Application deadline- Dec 10, 2023

Course dates– Sat, Dec 16, 2023-Sun, Jan 07,2024

16 Live Teaching Hours over 4 week end (11AM- 1PM on Saturdays & Sundays).

  • High schoolers studying in grades 9- 12 as on the course commencement date in Dec 2023.
  • Students from India and abroad can apply.
  • Students from all boards can apply.
  • Prerequisites: High level of proficiency in written and verbal English communication.
  • You will be required to submit your latest marksheet in the application form.
Rs 22,000/- +GST
*Refer to fees section of website for inclusions & exclusions

Who is this course for?

This course is for high schoolers studying literature or film/ media studies/ social sciences or considering them for higher education. It’s also ideal for those who enjoy reading, bringing a more nuanced understanding to their love for literature.

Prerequisites: High proficiency in written & spoken English. You will be required to submit your latest mark sheet in the application form.

What’s in it for me?

  1. Deep Dive into Literature: Develop a rich understanding of foundational literary theories that enable us to read analytically, critically, and deeply.
  2. Live Project: Using the prescribed course materials, write your own version of Romeo & Juliet in the modern world.
  3. Peer Collaboration: Work with your classmates to create, present, or enact your version of the play.
  4. Faculty Insights: Dive deep into the world of Shakespeare and critically explore the relationship between the written word and films.
  5. Hands-on Workshops: Participate in activities that cultivate a nuanced understanding of interpretation of literature.
  6. Expert Feedback: Benefit from guidance and reviews by faculty, mentors & industry experts.
  7. Futuristic Perspectives: Understand the many changing and yet unchanging facets of literature as we look ahead, into the future.

What do I take away?

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Develop a rich appreciation of Shakespearean texts, especially through the lens of various cultural adaptations and modern reinterpretations.
  • Cultivate a discerning eye that empowers you to discuss the power and scope of literature.
  • Obtain a tangible understanding of the issues of love, conflict, and societal norms that go beyond the pages, involving ethical considerations and emotional complexities.
  • Acquire a forward-looking view on the future of literature as both a reflection and influence in shaping collective imagination and societal behaviour.


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Faculty & Guest Speaker

Session outline

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Lecture module Shakespearean Context & Language Romeo & Juliet: Core Themes Global Reinterpretations: Layla-Majnun to Ram Leela Ethics & Emotions in Literature
Project module  Character Blueprint: Modernizing Romeo & Juliet Setting & Context: Choosing Your Verona Conflict Reimagined: Social Norms & Taboos Enact Your Own Romeo & Juliet

Grading, Assessments & Certification

All Ashoka Horizons courses offer a certificate on satisfactory completion of the course. The 2 components of student assessment are-

  1. Regular assessments through in-class quizzes
  2. Final group project where students will present their own re-imagination of Romeo and Juliet
  3. Certificate of completion

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IT Requirements

This course is administered through an online platform. Students are expected to have a foundational understanding of computer usage, including but not limited to sending emails and conducting Internet searches. Consistent access to the Internet and a computer that aligns with the recommended minimum specifications are also requisite for participation in the course.


Small cohorts. Apply early to secure your seat.

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