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                                 SYLLABI FOR COMMON COURSES

 

Course I: COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN ENGLISH

 

 

Course Code

ENCN1

 

Title of the course

Communication Skills in English

 

Semester in which the course is to be taught

1

 

No. of credits

4

 

No. of contact hours

90

 

 

1. Aim of the Course

 

 

2. Objectives of the Course

 

 

3. Course Outline

 

MODULE – I

 

Speech Sounds                                                                       18 hours

 

Phonemic symbols - Vowels - Consonants - Syllables - Word stress - Stress in polysyllabic words – Stress in words used as different parts of speech -   Sentence stress – Weak forms and strong forms – Intonation – Awareness of different accents: American, British and Indian – Influence of the mother tongue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MODULE – II

 

Listening                                                                                18 hours

 

Active listening – Barriers to listening – Listening and note taking– Listening to announcements – Listening to news on the radio and television

 

MODULE- III

 

Speaking                                                                                36 hours

 

Word stress and rhythm – Pauses and sense groups – Falling and rising tones –Fluency and pace of delivery – Art of small talk – Participating in conversations – Making a short formal speech – Describing people, place, events and things – Group discussion skills and telephone skills

 

MODULE – IV

 

Reading                                                                                 18 hours

 

Reading: theory and Practice – Scanning - Surveying a textbook using an index - reading with a purpose – making predictions – Understanding text structure – Locating main points – Making inferences - Reading graphics - reading critically – Reading for research

 

4.            Core Text

 

V.Sasikumar, P Kiranmai Dutt and Geetha Rajeevan. Communication Skills in English. Cambridge University Press and Mahatma Gandhi University.

 

 

 Further Reading

 

 

Sl.No

 

Title

Author

Publisher & Year

1

A Course in Listening and Speaking I & II

Sasikumar V.,Kiranmai Dutt and Geetha Rajeevan

New Delhi: CUP, 2007

2

Study Listening: A

Course in Listening to

Lectures and Note-taking

Tony Lynch

New Delhi: CUP, 2008

3

Study Speaking: A

Course in Spoken English

for Academic Purposes

Anderson, Kenneth, Joan Maclean and Tony Lynch

New Delhi: CUP, 2008

 

4

Study Reading: A Course in Reading Skills for Academic Purposes

Glendinning, Eric H. and Beverly Holmstrom

New Delhi: CUP, 2008

5

Communication Studies

 

Sky Massan

Palgrave Macmillan

6

Effective Communication for Arts and Humanities Students

Joan Van Emden and Lucinda Becker

Palgrave Macmillan

 

5.         Model Question Paper

(To be incorporated)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYLLABI FOR COMMON COURSES

 

Course II: READING LITERATURE IN ENGLISH

 

 

Course Code

ENCN2

 

Title of the course

READING LITERATURE IN ENGLISH

 

Semester in which the course is to be taught

1

 

No. of credits

3

 

No. of contact hours

72

 

 

1. AIM OF THE COURSE

 

 To acquaint the learners with the different forms of literature and develop in them an ability to understand and appreciate literary pieces.

 

2. OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE

 

·         To sensitize students to the aesthetic, cultural and social aspects of literature.

·         To develop in the learners an appreciation of the subtle nuances of literary expression.

·         To enable the learners to revalue literature as cultural and communicative events.

·         To improve the learners’ use of language as a means of subjective expression.

 

 

 

3. OUTLINE OF THE COURSE

 

          MODULE ONE: ESSAYS                                                          (18 hours)

 

                     1. E V Lucas                         : “Bores”                                                                                           

 

                     2. Jawaharlal Nehru              : “A Glory has Departed”

 

                     3. Amartya Sen                     : “Tryst with Destiny”

 

                     4. Bertrand Russell               : “How to Escape from Intellectual Rubbish”

 

       

 

MODULE TWO: POETRY                                                                  (18 hours)

                                                            

                    1. William Shakespeare        :   Sonnet XXX                                                                

 

                    2. John Keats                        :  “Ode to the Nightingale”                                                                                                                                  

                                                                 

                    3. Robert Frost                      :  “Mending Wall”

  

                    4. David Malouf                    :  “The Bicycle”

 

                    5. Maya Angelou                   : “Poor Girl”

 

                    6. Kamala Das                       : “The Mask”

 

                    7. Nissim Ezekiel                  : “Goodbye party for Miss Pushpa T.S”

 

                    8. Gabriel Okara                     : “Once Upon a Time”

 

MODULE THREE: SHORT STORIES                                  (18 hours)

 

         1. Anton Chekov           :    “The Lottery Ticket”

 

  2. O Henry                    :    “Jimmy Valentine”

                                                       

         3. R K Narayan             :    “A Shadow”

        

         4. Anita Desai               :    “A Devoted Son”

       

                    5. A J Cronin                 :   “Two Gentlemen of Verona”

 

                                                                                                                         

MODULE FOUR: ONE-ACT PLAYS                                   (18 hours)

 

      1. Fritz Karinthy               :  “Refund”

       

      2. Tennessee Williams     :  “Lord Byron’s Love Letter”

                      

                 3. W W Jacobs                  :  “Monkey’s Paw”

 

4. CORE TEXT

 

Dr Leesa Sadasivan Ed. Reading Literature in English. Foundation Books and Mahatma Gandhi University.

 

5. Model Question Paper   (To be incorporated later)

 

 

 

SYLLABI FOR COMMON COURSES

 

Course III: CRITICAL THINKING, ACADEMIC WRITING AND PRESENTATION

 

 

Course Code

ENCN3

 

Title of the course

CRITICAL THINKING, ACADEMIC WRITING AND PRESENTATION

 

Semester in which the course is to be taught

2

 

No. of credits

4

 

No. of contact hours

90

 

 

1. Aim of the Course

 

 

2. Objectives of the Course

 

 

3. Course Outline

 

MODULE – I

 

Critical Thinking                                                                      18 hours

 

Introduction to critical thinking – Benefits - Barriers – Reasoning - Arguments - Deductive and inductive arguments – Fallacies - Inferential comprehension- Critical thinking in academic writing - Clarity - Accuracy – Precision - Relevance

 

 

MODULE – II

 

Research for Academic Writing and the Writing Process                  18 hours

 

Data collection - Use of print, electronic sources and digital sources -

Selecting key points - Note making, paraphrasing, summary – Documentation - Plagiarism – Title – Body paragraphs - Introduction and conclusion – Revising - Proof-reading

 

MODULE – III

 

Accuracy in Academic Writing                                                               18  hours

 

Articles - Nouns and prepositions - Subject-verb agreement - Phrasal verbs - Modals - Tenses - Conditionals – Prefixes and suffixes – Prepositions - Adverbs – Relative pronouns - Passives - Conjunctions - Embedded questions - Punctuation – Abbreviations

 

MODULE – IV

 

Writing Models                                                                                         18  hours

 

Letters - Letters to the editor - Resume and covering letters - e-mail - Seminar papers - Project reports - Notices - Filling application forms - Minutes, agenda - Essays

 

 

MODULE – V

 

Presentation Skills                                                                           18 hours

 

Soft skills  for academic presentations -  Effective communication skills – Structuring the presentation - Choosing appropriate medium – Flip charts – OHP - PowerPoint presentation – Clarity and brevity - Interaction and persuasion - Interview skills –Group Discussions

 

4.         CORE TEXT

 

Marilyn Anderson, Pramod K Nayar and Madhucchandra Sen. Critical Thinking, Academic Writing and Presentation Skills. Pearson Education and Mahatma Gandhi University.

 

 

5.         Model Question Paper

(To be incorporated)

 

 

 

 

SYLLABI FOR COMMON COURSES

 

Course IV: MUSINGS ON VITAL ISSUES

 

Course Code

ENCN4

 

Title of the course

MUSINGS ON VITAL ISSUES

 

Semester in which the course is to be taught

2

 

No. of credits

3

 

No. of contact hours

72

 

 

1. AIM OF THE COURSE

 

·         To provide an overall awareness about relevant societal and global issues through a critical reading of appropriate literary pieces.

·         To inspire students to think critically about vital social issues that confront the contemporary world.

 

2. OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE

At the end of the course,

·         The students are expected to understand and evaluate issues that are of vital importance in today’s world.

·         The students will have acquired the ability to respond empathetically to social issues.

·         They will be able to write literary and critical pieces on issues of social relevance.

 

3. OUTLINE OF THE COURSE

 

          MODULE ONE: Globalization and its consequences           (18 hours)                                                  

 

                     1. Fritjof Capra                          : “The Dark Side of Growth”                                                                                           

 

                     2. Joseph Stiglitz                        : “Globalization”

 

                     3. D H Lawrence                        : “Money Madness”

                      

                     4. S Joseph                                  : “For the Dispossessed”

 

                     5. Vandana Shiva                        : “The Social Costs of Economic

                                                                             Globalization”

                     6. Jagannath Prasad Das             : “Kalahandi”

     

MODULE TWO: Human Rights                                                                  (36 hours)

           

                     1. Leah Levin                             : “Universal Declaration of Human 

                                                                      Rights”

                     2. Nani A Palkivala                    : “Human Rights and Legal

                                                                      Responsibilities”       

                     3. Martin Luther King                :   “I Have a Dream” 

                                                             

                     4. Kalpana Jain                           :  “Stigma, Shame and Silence  

 

                     5. Wole Soyinka                         :  “Telephone Conversation

 

                     6. Richard Wright                       : Twelve Million Black Voices

                    

                     7. Aruna Roy                              : Tune in to the Voice of the Deprived

 

                     8. Johannes V. Jensen                 : “Lost Forests”   

 

                    9. Omprakash Valmiki                : “Joothan”                   

          

 

MODULE THREE: Gender Questions                                  (18 hours)

         

         1. Jamaica Kincaid                : “Girl”

                                                       

         2. Taslima Nasrin                  :  “At the Back of Progress”

 

         3. Judy Brady                        : “Why I Want a Wife”

 

         4. J B Priestley                      : “Mother’s Day”

 

         5. Amartya Sen                      : “More Than 100 Million Women are Missing

 

4. CORE TEXT

 

Dr P J George Ed. Musings on Vital Issues. Orient Blackswan and Mahatma Gandhi University.

 

5. Model Question Paper

(To be incorporated later)



 

SYLLABI FOR COMMON COURSES

   Course V: REFLECTIONS ON INDIAN POLITY, SECULARISM AND SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

 

Course Code

ENCN5

 

Title of the course

REFLECTIONS ON INDIAN POLITY, SECULARISM AND SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

Semester in which the course is to be taught

3

 

No. of credits

4

 

No. of contact hours

90

 

 

1. AIM OF THE COURSE

·         To impart Gandhian values and to make the students positively respond to the concepts of secularism, democracy and love of nature.

 

2. OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE

 

·         To enable the students to grow into responsible citizens taking pride in the secular and democratic traditions of the country.
 

·         To inculcate a cosmopolitan outlook in the students and to equip them to fight against the divisive forces in the society.

 

·         To make the students aware of the consequences of mindless exploitation of nature.

 

 3. OUTLINE OF THE COURSE

 

          MODULE I: Readings on Indian Constitution and Federalism           (18 hours)                                                  

                     1. The Preamble of the Constitution                                                                                         

                     2. Rajendra Prasad                          : “Let Posterity Judge”

                     3. Sebastian                                    : “Exciting Views”                                                                                                                  

                     4. Amulal Hingorani                       : “Brother Abdul Rahman”

                   

      MODULE II: Readings on Gandhian Philosophy                              (18 hours)

                     1. Vallathol                                  : “My Master”                                                       

                     2. Louis Fischer                           : “Gandhi and the Western World”                                                                        

                     3. Raja Rao                                  : “The Cow of the Barricades” 

          4. M K Gandhi                            : “Round Table Conference Speech”                                                                                                                     

                     5. C E M Joad                              : “The Gandhian Way                   

MODULE III: Readings on Secularism                                  (18 hours)

  1. Mohinder Sing Sarna        : “Smaller Gandhis”                                                       

         2. Kumar Vikal                      : “Can you Make Out”

                    3. Shashi Tharoor                  : “The Idea of India: India’s Mosaic of 

                                                                                 Multiplicities” 

                   4. Ismat Chugtai                          : “Roots”

                   5. Padma Sachdev                       : “Smoke”

 

 

 

 

                  

MODULE IV: Readings on Sustainable Environment                     (36 hours)

o   Fritjof Capra              : “Deep Ecology”

o   A K Ramanujan        : “Ecology”

o   Sujatha Bhatt             : “The First Meeting”

o   Ramachandra Guha  : “A Gandhian in Garhwal”

o   Jack London             : “The Law of Life”

o   Elizabeth Bishop      : “The Fish”

o   Chief Seattle             : “The End of Living and the Beginning of Survival”

o   Robinson Jeffers      : “The Last Conservative”

4. CORE TEXT

 Dr B Keralavarma Ed. Understanding India: Reflections on Indian Polity, Secularism and Sustainable Environment. Macmillan and Mahatma Gandhi University.

 

5. Model Question Paper

(To be incorporated later)

 

 

 

 

MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY

RESTRUCTURED CURRICULUM FOR

 UNDER GRADUATE PROGRAMMES

2009-2010

Syllabi for Common Courses

EVOLUTION OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE: LITERARY PERSPECTIVES

 

COURSE CODE

ENCN6

TITLE OF THE COURSE

EVOLUTION OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE: LITERARY PERSPECTIVES

SEMESTER IN WHICH THE COURSE IS TAUGHT

4

NO. OF CREDITS

4

NO. OF CONTACT HOURS

90

 

1. Aim of the Course

2. Objective of the course

 3. Course outline

Module 1 – General Perspectives (18 hours)

  1. What is Science? – George Orwell

  2. The Origin of Science – Will Durant
  3. Scientific Outlook – C.V.Raman
  4. Our Picture of the Universe – Stephen Hawking
  5. Our Ancestors - Carl Sagan

 

Module 11- Specific Concerns (18 hours)

  1. Literature and Science – Aldous Huxley

  2. Literature and Ecology – William Rueckert
  3. Science and Society - Albert Einstein
  4. A Little Bit of What You Fancy – Desmond Morris

Module 111 – Narratives on Science (18 hours)

  1. Moxon’s Master – Ambrose Bierce

  2. The Stolen Bacillus – H.G.Wells
  3. EPICAC – Kurt Vonnegut
  4. Comets – Jayant Narlikar

 

Module 1V – Science on Stage (18 hours)

  1. The Last War – Neil Grant

  2. Unplugged – G. L. Horton


Module V – Poetic Musings on Science (18 hours)

  1. Science – Robinson Jeffers

  2. Hiroshima Remembered – Satchidanandan
  3. Cosmic Gall – John Updike
  4. Once I Looked into Your Eyes – Paul Muldoon
  5. Your Attention Please – Peter Poter
  6. The Microbe – Hillaire Belloc
  7. The Magnet and the Churn – William S. Gilbert .

4. CORE TEXT

 Dr.K Sujatha and Dr.Sobhana Kurien Ed. Evolution of the Philosophy of Science : Literary Perspectives. Ane books and Mahatma Gandhi University.

 

5. Model Question Paper

(To be incorporated later)

 



MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY

RESTRUCTURED CURRICULUM FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

2009-2010


SYLLABI FOR COMMON COURSES


Perspectives in Literature

(For Model I B Com Semester III)

 

Course Code

ENCNC1

Title of the course

Perspectives in Literature


Semester in which the course is to be taught

3


No. of credits

3


No. of contact hours

54



1. AIM OF THE COURSE


To acquaint the learners with the different forms of literature and develop in them an ability to understand and appreciate literary pieces.


2. OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE

 


3. OUTLINE OF THE COURSE


MODULE ONE: ESSAYS (18 hours)


1. E.V. Lucas : “Bores”

2. Jawaharlal Nehru : “A Glory has Departed”

3. Amartya Sen : “Tryst with Destiny”

4. Bertrand Russell : “How to Escape from Intellectual Rubbish”


MODULE TWO: POETRY (18 hours)

1. William Shakespeare : Sonnet XXX

2. John Keats : Ode to the Nightingale”

3. Robert Frost : “Mending Wall”

4. David Malouf : “The Bicycle”

5. Maya Angelou : “Poor Girl”

6. Kamala Das : “The Mask”

7. Nissim Ezekiel : “Goodbye party for Miss Pushpa T.S”

8. Gabriel Okara : “Once Upon a Time”



MODULE THREE: SHORT STORIES (18 hours)

 

1. Anton Chekov : “The Lottery Ticket”

2. O. Henry : “Jimmy Valentine”

3. R. K. Narayan : “A Shadow”

4. Anita Desai : “A Devoted Son”

5. A J Cronin : “Two Gentlemen of Verona”

 

4. CORE TEXT

Dr Leesa Sadasivan Ed. Perspectives in Literature. Foundation Books.

5. Model Question Paper (To be incorporated later)

 

 



MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY

RESTRUCTURED CURRICULUM FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

2009-2010


SYLLABI FOR COMMON COURSES


Reflections on Vital Issues

(For Model I B Com Semester IV)


Course Code

ENCNC2

Title of the course

Reflections on Vital Issues

Semester in which the course is to be taught

4


No. of credits

3


No. of contact hours

54



1. AIM OF THE COURSE


To acquaint the learners with some of the relevant issues of the contemporary world through literature pieces.


2. OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE



3. OUTLINE OF THE COURSE


MODULE ONE: Globalization and its consequences (18 hours)


1. Fritjof Capra : “The Dark Side of Growth

2. Joseph Stiglitz : “Globalization

3. D H Lawrence : “Money Madness

4. S Joseph : “For the Dispossessed

5. Vandana Shiva : “The Social Costs of Economic Globalization

6. Jagannath Prasad Das : “Kalahandi

MODULE TWO: Human Rights (18 hours)

1. Nani A Palkivala : “Human Rights and Legal Responsibilities

2. Martin Luther King : “I Have a Dream

3. Kalpana Jain : “Stigma, Shame and Silence

4. Wole Soyinka : “Telephone Conversation

5. Omprakash Valmiki : “Joothan

 


MODULE THREE: Gender Questions (18 hours)

1. Jamaica Kincaid : “Girl

2. Taslima Nasrin : “At the Back of Progress

3. Judy Brady : “Why I Want a Wife

4. J B Priestley : “Mother’s Day

5. Amartya Sen : “More Than 100 Million Women are Missing"



4. CORE TEXT

Dr P J George Ed. Reflections on Vital Issues. Orient Blackswan.



5. Model Question Paper (To be incorporated later)