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MANARAT INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

        DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

      SYLLABUS FOR BA IN ENGLISH

  • Each course is of 3 credits.
  • Total credits required: 126
    • GED (8 courses)                        : 24 credits
    • Core (26 courses)                                  : 78 credits
    • Optional            (4 courses)                    : 12 credits
    • Concentration (3 courses)                      :   9 credits
    • Practice, Presentation & Viva-Voce         :   3 credits

 

GED COURSES

·         All the following 8 GED courses (3-credits each) are to be taken by the students.

 

GED111: Fundamentals of English

(Prerequisite: None) (1st semester, 1st year)

This course covers the basics of English language aiming at raising English language proficiency of the students to an acceptable level and is essential for those who have inadequate language skills. After acquiring the knowledge of writing simple sentences, the students will learn how to write compound and complex sentences. Teaching of the basic grammar and syntax of English is particularly emphasized. On completing the course, the students should be able to understand the teachers’ lectures in English, read paragraphs written in simple English, converse on everyday matters, and write short sentences in accepted English. Emphasis is also given on increasing students’ ability to read textbooks written in English.

 

GED122: Basic Concept of Islam

(Prerequisite: None) (1st semester, 1st year)

 

GED213: Composition & Communication Skills

(Prerequisite: GED111 – Fundamentals of English) (3rd semester, 1st year)

This course builds on GED111 (Fundamentals of English) and aims at improving the speaking and writing skills of the students. In speaking, students should have extensive practice in communicating in common everyday situations, both formal and informal. They also have to learn the basic rules of English pronunciations. In writing, students need to learn the techniques and devices of paragraph writing and also the method of writing formal essays.

 

GED224: Bangladesh Studies

(Prerequisite: None) (3rd semester)

 

GED235: Life & Teaching of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

(Prerequisite: None) (2nd semester, 1st year)

 

GED316: Quranic Language

(Prerequisite: None) (4th semester)

 

GED327: Quran, Science & Humanity

(Prerequisite: None) (5th semester)

 

GED338: Environmental Studies

(Prerequisite: None) (5th semester)

 

FOR NON-MUSLIM STUDENTS (INSTEAD OF GED122, GED235 & GED316)

(As the following courses are the substitute courses for the above mentioned courses, it can be suggested that Non-Muslim students can have the courses when it is asked for the rest but indeed alternatively)

  

GEA122: Comparative Religious Studies

(Prerequisite: None)

 

GEA316: Comparative Social System

(Prerequisite: None)

 

GEA327: Peace & Conflict Studies

(Prerequisite: None)

 

 

CORE COURSES

  • All the following 26 core courses (3-credits each) are to be taken by the students.

 

CSE 101: Essential Computing

(Prerequisite: None) (2nd Semester)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to computers, types and generations of computers,  

basic organization and function units, hardware and software, number system and codes, memory, processor, input and output devices, computer languages, software and its types, system software and application software. Other topics covered are: examples of system software – DOS, Windows, Unix, system utilities, classification of application software, word processor, spreadsheet, database management, mathematical and statistical package, modeling and simulation, business and financial packages, communication software, e-mail, intranet & internet, network topologies & techniques.

 

ENG 101: Advanced Reading and Writing

(Prerequisite: GED213 – Composition & Communication Skills) (3rd Semester)

This course will concentrate on reading critically and writing persuasively. In reading, attention will be paid to implied meanings, rhetorical devices and organizational elements. In writing, attention will be paid to effective expressions, controlling ideas, marshalling facts and arguments, and organization of materials.

 

ENG 102: Creative Writing

(Prerequisite: GED213 – Composition & Communication Skills) (5th Semester)

This course will concentrate on the student’s creativity in writing. Emphasis will be placed on mechanics, choice of words, clarity and appropriate style, strategies of paragraph writing etc.

 

ENG 103: Advanced Critical Writing

(Prerequisite: GED213 – Composition & Communication Skills) (6th Semester)

This English language course is meant to develop the student’s skill in writing formal essays on literary and linguistic themes.

 

ENG 105: Introduction to Poetry

(Prerequisite: None) (1st Semester)

Three introduction to literature courses comprising poetry, drama, and fiction and essay (ENG 105, 106, 107) will show the student what literature is and what it does, how the elements work together to make a piece of writing ‘literature’ and what to look for when reading. Besides orienting the students with relevant poetic terms and types of poetry, following selections of poems will be studied in details:

Poet

Selected Poem(s)

William Shakespeare

Sonnet – 18, Sonnet – 130

Robert Herrick

‘Delight in Disorder’

John Donne

‘The Sun Rising’; ‘Batter my heart’

Thomas Gray

‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’

William Wordsworth

‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’

John Keats

‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer’

E. B. Browning

Sonnets from the Portuguese, No. 43

Emily Dickinson

‘Because I Could Not Stop for Death’

Robert Frost

‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’

Adrienne Rich

‘Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers’; ‘Living in Sin’

 

 

 

ENG 106: Introduction to Drama

(Prerequisite: None) (2nd Semester)

This is the second Introduction to Literature course, which acquaints the student with the approaches to the study of English Drama. This course aims to acquaint the students with dramatic terms, techniques and types. The development of Classical and English Drama will also be discussed in brief. The following selections will be studied in details:

Playwright

Selected Text

Sophocles

The Oedipus Rex

Eugene O’Neill

Ile

G. B. Shaw

Arms and the Man

 

 

ENG 107: Introduction to Fiction & Essay

(Prerequisite: None) (1st Semester)

This course introduces students to the study of English fiction and non-fiction. Detail study will be made from The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Norton Anthology of American Literature and The Study of Literature. The selections are:

Author

Selected Text(s)

Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice (Chapters – 1, 2 & 3)

John Galsworthy

Quality

Katherine Mansfield

The Garden Party

Frank O’Connor

My Oedipus Complex

Francis Bacon

Of Studies

George Orwell

Shooting an Elephant

 

 

ENG 109: The Romantic Poets

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry) (4th Semester)

This is a course in Romantic Poetry. Poets included are Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley and Keats, from whom selections will be studied. The selections are:

Author

Selected Text(s)

Blake

Songs of Innocence & Songs of Experience

Wordsworth

Tintern Abbey, Ode to Immortality

Coleridge

The Ancient Mariner, Dejection: An Ode, Kubla Khan

Shelley

To the Skylark, Ode to the West Wind

Keats

Odes

Byron

Don Juan, Canto – 1

 

           

ENG 110: The Victorian Poets

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry) (5th Semester)

This course includes major English poets in the Victorian era. Selections from Tennyson, Arnold, Browning, Christiana Rossetti, Swinburne and Hopkins will be studied in detail. The selections are:

Author

Selected Text(s)

Tennyson

Ulysses, Tithonus, The Lotus Eaters, Locksley Hall

Arnold

Dover Beach, The Scholar Gypsy, The Rugby Chappell, Thyrsis

Browning

My Last Duchess, Porphyria’s Lover, Fra Lippo Lippi,

Andrea Del Sarto, Rabi Ben Ezra

Rossetti

Death before Death, Winter My Secret

Swinburne

Chorus from Atlanta in Colydon

 

 

 

ENG 111: Twentieth Century Poetry

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry) (6th Semester)

Writers included in this course are Yeats, Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Auden and Larkin. Selections from their works will be studied in detail. The selections are:

Author

Selected Text(s)

W. B. Yeats

Sailing to Byzantium, Second Coming

T. S. Eliot

The Waste land, The Love Song of Prufrock

Dylan Thomas

Poem in October, Fern Hill

Auden

The Shield of Achilles

Larkin

Church Going

 

 

ENG 112: English Drama from Elizabethan to Restoration Period

(Prerequisite: ENG106 – Introduction to Drama) (6th Semester)

This course traces the growth and development of English drama, and examines the themes and conventions of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. Authors included are Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Ben Johnson and William Congreve.

Author

Selected Text(s)

Thomas Kyd

The Spanish Tragedy

Christopher Marlowe

Dr. Faustus

William Shakespeare

As You Like It

Ben Johnson

Volpone

William Congreve

The Way of the World

 

 

ENG 113: Modern English Drama

(Prerequisite: ENG106 – Introduction to Drama) (7th Semester)

This drama course includes G.B. Shaw, M. Synge, Samuel Beckett, Osborne and Pinter.

Author

Selected Text(s)

G. B. Shaw

Saint Joan

M. Synge

Playboy of the Western World

Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot

John Osborne

Look Back in Anger

Harold Pinter

Birthday Party

 

 

ENG 114: English Fiction from Dafoe to Hardy

(Prerequisite: ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (7th Semester)

This course includes some major novelists of English Literature, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte and Thomas Hardy.

Author

Selected Text(s)

Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Charles Dickens

The Great Expectations

Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights

Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre

Thomas Hardy

Tess of the D’Urvervilles

 

 

ENG 115: Twentieth Century Novel

(Prerequisite: ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (7th Semester)

The course aims to familiarize students to the major novelists of the twentieth century. Conrad, Lawrence, Foster, Joyce and Woolf are the suggested novelists in this course.

Author

Selected Text(s)

Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness

D. H. Lawrence

Sons and Lovers

E. M. Foster

A Passage to India

James Joyce

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Verginia Woolf

Mrs. Dalloway

 

 

ENG 117: 18th Century English Literature

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry; ENG106 – Introduction to Drama; ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (8th Semester)

This course will introduce students to some major English writers of the 18th century. Authors included in this course are Defoe, Swift, Pope, Dryden and Burke. The selections are:

Author

Selected Text(s)

Defoe

Robinson Crusoe

Swift

Gulliver’s Travels

Dryden

Absalom & Achitophel

Pope

The Rape of the Lock

Burke

Speech on East India Bill

 

 

ENG 118: Literary Criticism

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry; ENG106 – Introduction to Drama; ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (8th Semester)

This course presents the development of the critical tradition through the practices of major critics. Aristotle, Sydney, Dryden, Johnson, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Arnold and Eliot will be studied in detail.

 

Author

Selected Text(s)

Aristotle

The Poetics

Phillip Sydney

An Apologie for Poetry

Dryden

Preface to the Fables

Samuel Johnson

Preface to Shakespeare

William Wordsworth

Preface to Lyrical Ballads

S. T. Coleridge

Biographia Literaria (Selections)

Matthew Arnold

The Study of Poetry

T. S. Eliot

Tradition and the Individual Talent

 

 

ENG 119: Classics in Translation

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry; ENG106 – Introduction to Drama; ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (8th Semester)

This course looks at the classics, which continues to have a pervasive influence on the western mind. The course includes works of Homer, Sophocles, Virgil and Seneca.

Author

Selected Text(s)

Homer

The Iliad

Aeschylus

Agamemnon

Euripides

Medea

Virgil

The Aeneid

Seneca

Thyestes

Anonymous

Beowulf

 

 

ENG 120: American Literature (From Emerson to Dickinson)

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry; ENG106 – Introduction to Drama; ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (8th Semester)

This is a broad survey course offering an overview of American literature up to the end of the nineteenth century. Authors include Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Whitman, Melville and Dickinson.

Author

Selected Text(s)

Emerson

Self - Reliance

Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter

Thoreau

Civil Disobedience, ‘Economy’ (from Walden)

Whitman

Song of Myself

Melville

Moby Dick

Dickinson

Selections

 

 

ENG 121: American Literature (Modern & Contemporary)

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry; ENG106 – Introduction to Drama; ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (9th Semester)

This is sequel to ENG 120x. Authors included are Frost, Wallace Stevens, O’Neill, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Bellow, Miller, Toni Morrison and Allen Ginsberg.

Author

Selected Text(s)

Robert Frost

Selections

Wallace Stevens

Selections

O’ Neil

Long Day’s Journey into Night

Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises

Bellow

Seize the Day

Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman

Toni Morrison

Beloved

Allen Ginsberg

‘ A Supermarket in California’

 

 

ENG 122: Introduction to Linguistics

(Prerequisite: ENG101 – Advanced Reading & Writing) (6th Semester)

This course deals with the basic concepts of linguistics as the scientific study of language.

 

ENG 123: Reading Comprehension

(Prerequisite: GED213 – Composition & Communication Skills) (5th Semester)

This course aims at developing the reading skill of a student. Extensive practice and regular class tests will be made to develop a comprehensive reading faculty of the student.

 

ENG 124: Business English

(Prerequisite: GED213 – Composition & Communication Skills) (4th Semester)

This course aims at making students skilled in professional communication. The topics included are: Business Reports, Business Letters, Job Applications, Internal Memoranda, Writing Curriculum Vitae etc.

 

ENG 125: Postcolonial Writing

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry; ENG106 – Introduction to Drama; ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (9th Semester)

This course covers postcolonial theory and literature. Writers included are: Edward Said, Nadine Gordimer, J. M. Coetzee, Chinua Achebe, R.K. Narayan, Wole Soyinka etc.

Author

Selected Text(s)

Edward Said

Orientalism (Introduction)

Nadine Gordimer

July’s Poeple

J. M . Coetzee

Waiting for the Barbarians

Chinua Achebe

Things fall Apart

R.K. Narayan

The Guide

Wole Soyinka

Death and the King's Horsemen

 

 

 

ENG 126: History of the English Literature

(Prerequisite: None) (2nd Semester)

This course covers the vital parts of the history of English literature from Chaucer to Modern period. This study will enable the student to be acquainted with the approaches of the English in different eras.

 

ENG 127: 14th & 16th Century English Literature

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry; ENG106 – Introduction to Drama; ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (6th Semester)

This course will introduce students to some major English writers of 14th and 16th century. The selections from the following authors will be studied in details:

Author

Selected Text(s)

Geoffrey Chaucer

The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales; The Nun Priest’s Tale

Spenser

The Fairy Queen (Book I)

Francis Bacon

Essays (Selections)

William Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth

 

 

ENG 128: 17th Century English Literature

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry; ENG106 – Introduction to Drama; ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (7th Semester)

This course will introduce students to some major English writers of the 17th century. The selections from the following authors will be studied in details:

Author

Selected Text(s)

John Donne

‘Good Morrow’, ‘A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning’,

‘The Canonization’, ‘Twicknam Garden’, ‘The Relic’, ‘The Ecstasy’

Andrew Marvel

‘To His Coy Mistress’, ‘The Definition of Love’, ‘Garden’

John Milton

Paradise Lost – Book – I; Samson Agonistes

 

 

 

OPTIONAL COURSES

  • Students are to take 4 courses (3-credits each) from the following list as offered to the respective batch.

 

ENG 201: Western Culture & Civilization (Classical to Medieval)

(Prerequisite: None) (10th Semester)

Two Western Culture and Civilization Courses (ENG 208 & 212) are designed to give the student an understanding of the proper context in which English language and its literature are to be studied. The first course deals with the classical times and the medieval period.

 

ENG 202: Western Culture & Civilization (Renaissance to Present)

(Prerequisite: None) (11th semester)

This second course in Western Culture and Civilization deals with the period stretching from the Renaissance to the present.

 

ENG 203: Literature of Faith

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry; ENG106 – Introduction to Drama; ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (10th semester)

This course concentrates on significant expressions of religious ideas, feelings and experiences in English literature. Selections from the writings of medieval authors, Donne, Herbert, Milton, Bunyan, Tennyson, Hopkins and Eliot will be studied. The selections are:

Author

Selected Text(s)

John Donne

Holy Sonnets

George Herbert

Selections

Milton

Paradise Lost (Book IX & X)

John Bunyan

The Pilgrim’s Progress

Tennyson

From In Memorium

Hopkins

Selections

T. S. Eliot

Selections

 

 

ENG 204: Classical Islamic Literature

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry; ENG106 – Introduction to Drama; ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (10th semester)

This course provides an introduction to classical Islamic literature translated from the Arabic and the Persian. The student should gain an insight into the working of the Muslim mind as expressed in literature and find a useful basis for comparison with literature of other cultures. Selections from Hassan Ibn Sabit, Ibn Zabir, Abu al Atahiya, Rumi, Hafiz, Sadi, Ghazzali, Khayyam, Iqbal, Hossein Nasr, and Martin Links will be studied.

 

ENG 205: The Novel Now

(Prerequisite: ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (10th semester)

This course aims to acquaint students with the most recent and contemporary novels.

 

ENG 206: Contemporary Literary Theory

(Prerequisite: ENG118 – Literary Criticism) (10th semester)

This course will acquaint students with major theoretical documents of the last hundred years and introduce them to the works of some of the leading theorists of our time. In other words, it will be reviewing major theoretical developments in the field and end by considering the state of theory at the turn of the century. In addition, it will attempt to link theory to practice and weight the practical implications of the ferment of theory in evidence in the recent past.

 

ENG 207: Feminist Literature

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry; ENG106 – Introduction to Drama; ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (11th semester)

This course covers feminist theory and literature. Authors like Virginia Woolf, Gayatri Spivak, Adrienne Rich, Toni Morrison, Arundhati Roy etc. will be studied in detail.

Author

Selected Text(s)

Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own

Gayatri Spivak

Three Women’s texts and a critique of imperialism

Adrienne Rich

Selections

Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye

Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Things

 

 

ENG 208: Cultural Studies

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry; ENG106 – Introduction to Drama; ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (11th semester)

This course probes into the cultural aspect of literature from the past to the present. Writers include: Mathew Arnold, Simon During, Roland Barthes, Stuart Hall, Edward Said etc.

 

ENG 209: Translation Studies

(Prerequisite: ENG101 – Advanced Reading & Writing) (11th semester)

This course acquaints students with the theories and techniques of translation. This will be supplemented by intensive and extensive practice in translating literary and non-literary writings from Bengali to English and vice versa.

 

ENG 210: Stylistics

(Prerequisite: ENG122 – Introduction to Linguistics) (10th semester)

This course deals with the linguistic methods and techniques used by writers to create particular effects. Attention will also be paid to the particular use of language arising out of the writer’s intention and attitude to the reader and to the subject matter.

 

ENG 211: Sociolinguistics

(Prerequisite: ENG122 – Introduction to Linguistics)

(11th semester)

This course introduces students to the study of society from linguistics perspective. Issues such as, language and culture, language and regional variation, language and gender, language and age etc. will be covered. A brief look into language planning will also be taken up.

 

ENG 212: Psycholinguistics

(Prerequisite: ENG122 – Introduction to Linguistics) (10th semester)

This course aims at discussing Child Language Acquisition, Semantic and Pragmatic Theory, Universal Grammar Theory and phonological Theory.

 

ENG 213: Discourse Analysis

(Prerequisite: ENG101 – Advanced Reading & Writing) (10th semester)

In this course, students will be introduced to spoken and written discourse analysis. The course will enable students to analyze spoken interaction and evaluate written texts with reference to context, cohesiveness, illocution and inference.

 

 

ENG 214: Writing for the Media

(Prerequisite: ENG101 – Advanced Reading & Writing) (11th semester)

This course makes students professionally skilled in media writing so that they can pursue their career in the world of media.

 

ENG 215: Editing

(Prerequisite: ENG101 – Advanced Reading & Writing) (11th semester)

Through this course students become efficient in editing written texts in English.

 

ENG 216: Copywriting

(Prerequisite: ENG101 – Advanced Reading & Writing) (10th semester)

This is another profession-oriented course where students learn the basic techniques in writing advertising copy.

 

ENG 217: Bengali Literature

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry; ENG106 – Introduction to Drama; ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (10th semester)

This course will give the student an overview of Bengali Language & Literature. It will go through the origin and development of the Bengali language and analyze some classic Bengali literary works from the past to the present.

 

 

CONCENTRATION COURSES

  • Students are to complete at least one concentration stream taking all the 3 courses (3-credits) from the same group.

 

 

LITERATURE STREAM

  • 9 credits (3 courses with 3credits each)

 

ENG 301: Modes of Literature

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry; ENG106 – Introduction to Drama; ENG107 – Introduction to Fiction & Essay) (11th/12th semester)

This course identifies the four major literary modes and analyses their characteristics. Representative writings are selected for detailed examination.

 

ENG 302: Contemporary Critical Approaches

(Prerequisite: ENG118 – Literary Criticism)  (11th/12th semester)

This course presents and examines the dominant trends in contemporary critical approaches to the study of literature.

 

ENG 303:  Shakespeare

(Prerequisite: ENG105 – Introduction to Poetry; ENG112 – English Drama from Elizabethan to Restoration Period) (11th/12th semester)

This course consists of a selection of Shakespeare’s historical plays, comedies, tragedies and poems to give the student an in-depth understanding of Shakespeare’s artistic achievement.

 

 

LINGUISTICS STREAM

  • 9 credits (3 courses with 3credits each)

 

ENG 304: Phonetics & Phonology

(Prerequisite: ENG122 – Introduction to Linguistics) (11th/12th semester)

This course focuses on sound production, sound perception and the sound system of the English Language at phonetic and phonological levels.

 

ENG 305: Advanced Grammar

(Prerequisite: ENG122 – Introduction to Linguistics) (11th/12th semester)

This course consists of the morphological and syntactic analysis of the English language. It also acquaints the student with the different approaches to the study of grammar.

 

ENG 306: Semantics

(Prerequisite: ENG122 – Introduction to Linguistics) (11th/12th semester)

This course deals with the science of meaning by discussing major issues and approaches in semantic theory.

 

 

ENG 401: PRACTICE, PRESENTATION & VIVA VOCE

(Credit: 3; Prerequisite: To be registered in the final semester) (12th semester)

The Practice and Presentation parts on English language and literature will be there throughout a student’s academic stay in the department, and the Viva Voce exam will take place at the end of the student’s total graduation program.