Friday, 13 October 2017

MG University BA/BSc/ BCom Degree Courses Revised syllabus (from 2017 admission onwards): Common Courses General English

MG University BA/BSc/ BCom Degree Courses Revised syllabus (from 2017 admission onwards): Common Courses General English

Common Courses
MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY
SYLLABI FOR COMMON COURSES - UG PROGRAMMES
2017 ADMISSIONS ONWARDS
COURSE 1-
Fine-tune Your English
Course Code EN1CC01


Title of the course :Fine-tune Your English
Semester in which the course is to be
taught:1

No. of credits 4
No. of contact hours 90

AIM OF THE COURSE
The course is intended to introduce the students to the basics of grammar, usage and effective
communication.

OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
1. confidently use English in both written and spoken forms.
2. Use English for formal communication effectively.


COURSE OUTLINE

Module 1 (18 Hours)
The Sentence and Its Structure - How to Write Effective Sentences – Phrases -What Are
They? - The Noun Clauses - The Adverb Clause - ―If All the Trees Were Bread and Cheese‖ -
The Relative Clause - How the Clauses Are Conjoined -
Word-Classes and Related Topics - Understanding the Verb - Understanding the Auxiliary
Verb - Understanding the Adverbs - Understanding the Pronoun - The Reflexive Pronoun -
The Articles I - The Articles II - The Adjective - Phrasal Verbs - Mind Your Prepositions

Module 2 (18 Hours)
To Err Is Human - Concord - A Political Crisis - Errors, Common and Uncommon - False
Witnesses - The Anatomy of Mistakes- A Fault-finder Speaks - A Lecture on AIDS - A Test
for You, Reader - Ungrammatical Gossip - Round Circles and Equal Halves: A Look at
Tautology - Comparisons are Odious - In Defence Of A Friend - An Invitation
Spelling and Pronunciation - Pronunciation: Some Tips - More Tips on Pronunciation –
Spelling - An Awesome Mess? - Spelling Part II

Module 3 (18 Hours)
Singleness of Meaning - Shades of Meaning - Confusing Pairs - What Is the Difference? -
Mismatching Mars the Meaning
The Tense and Related Topics - ‗Presentness‘ and Present Tenses- The ‗Presentness‘ of a
Past Action - Futurity in English - Passivization
Idiomatic Language- ‗Animal‘ Expressions - Idiomatic Phrases - ‗Heady‘ Expressions - Body
Language

Module 4 (18 Hours)
Interrogatives and Negatives - Negatives- How to Frame Questions -What‘s What? The
Question Tag
Conversational English - Polite Expressions - Some Time Expressions - In Conversation - Is
John There Please?
Miscellaneous and General Topics - On Geese and Mongooses - Pluralisation - On Gender
and Sexisms
Reading – Kinds of Reading – Recreational Reading – Study-type Reading Survey Reading –
The Process of Reading – Readability – The Importance of Reading – Previewing -
Skimming

Module 5 (18 Hours)
The world of words- have a hearty meal- word formation-Use the specific word- word
games-the irreplaceable word- Let‘s play games- body vocabulary
Very Good but Totally Incompetent - Long Live the Comma - The Possessive Case- Letter
Writing- Academic Assignments
Get your doubts cleared
Core Text: Fine-tune Your English by Dr Mathew Joseph. Orient Blackswan and
Mahatma Gandhi University

MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY
SYLLABI FOR COMMON COURSES - UG PROGRAMMES
2017 ADMISSIONS ONWARDS

COURSE 2 - Pearls from the Deep
Course Code EN1CC02

AIM OF THE COURSE
To introduce students to the different genres of literature and to the niceties of literary
expression.

OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
1. appreciate and enjoy works of literature.
2. appreciate the aesthetic and structural elements of literature.

COURSE OUTLINE
Module 1 [Fiction] (18 hours)
Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea

Module 2 [One Act Plays] (18 hours)
Susan Glaspell: Trifles
Asif Currimbhoy: The Refugee
A. A. Milne: The Boy Comes Home
Module 3 [Short Stories] (18 hours)
Guy De Maupassant: Two Friends
O. Henry: The Gift of the Magi
K. A. Abbas: Sparrows
Flora Annie Steel: Valiant Vicky, the Brave Weaver

Module 4 [Poems] (18 hours)
Rumi: The Chance of Humming
Walter Scott: Lochinvar
John Keats: La Belle Dame sans Mercy
Robert Frost: After Apple Picking
Chinua Achebe: Refugee Mother and Child
Kamala Das: My Grandmother‘s House
Ted Hughes: Jaguar
Pablo Neruda: Tonight I can Write the Saddest Lines
P. P. Ramachandran: How Simple!


Core Text: Pearls from the Deep. Cambridge University Press and Mahatma Gandhi
University


MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY
SYLLABI FOR COMMON COURSES - UG PROGRAMMES
2017 ADMISSIONS ONWARDS
COURSE 3 - Issues that Matter
Course Code EN2CC03
Title of the course Issues that Matter
Semester in which the course is to
be taught:2

No. of credits 4
No. of contact hours 90

AIM OF THE COURSE
To sensitize the learners to contemporary issues of concern.

OBJECTIVES
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
1. Identify the major issues of contemporary significance
2. Respond rationally and positively to the issues raised
3. Internalise the values imparted through the selections.

COURSE OUTLINE
Module 1 (18 hours)
Luigi Pirandello: War
Judith Wright: The Old Prison
Arundhati Roy: Public Power in the Age of Empire

Module 2 (18 hours)
Bertolt Brecht: The Burning of the Books
W. H. Auden: Refugee Blues
Romila Thapar: What Secularism is and Where it Needs to be Headed
Module 3 (18 hours)
Zitkala- Sa: A Westward Trip
Bandhumadhav: The Poisoned Bread
Temsula Ao: The Pot Maker
Module 4 (18 hours)
Khushwant Singh: A Hosanna to the Monsoons
Ayyappa Paniker: Where are the woods, children?
Sarah Joseph: Gift in Green [chapter 2] - Hagar: A Story of a Woman and Water


Module 5 (18 hours)
Ghassan Kanafani: Six Eagles and a Child
Sanchari Pal: The Inspiring Story of How Sikkim Became India‘s Cleanest State
Indrajit Singh Rathore: Hermaphrodite
Core Text: Issues that Matter


MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY
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2017 ADMISSIONS ONWARDS
COURSE 4 - Savouring the Classics
Course Code EN2CC04
Title of the Course Savouring the Classics
Semester in which the course is to be taught 2
No. of credits 3
No. of contact hours 72
AIM OF COURSE
To introduce the students to the taste of time tested world classics.

OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
On completion of the course, the student should:
1. become familiar with the classics from various lands.
2. understand the features that go into the making of a classic.

OUTLINE OF THE COURSE

Module 1 [Poems] (18 hours)
Homer: Odysseus tells Eurycleaia to conceal his identity (Odyssey - Book 19: 476 - 507)
Sappho: Jealousy
Kalidasa: Look to This Day
Omar Khayyam: Rubaiyat (last four quatrains: 72-75)
Dante - Dante meets Virgil (Inferno - Canto 1: 61-99)
Matsuo Basho: Haikus
Alexander Pushkin: The Song of the Kazak
Module 2 [Shakespeare Excerpts] (18 hours)
Romeo and Juliet: ACT II, Scene ii
The Merchant of Venice: ACT IV, Scene i
Module 3 [Novel Excerpts] (18 hours)


Victor Hugo: Les Miserables (Part 1- Fantine Book II)
Mark Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin (Raft Passage)

Module 4 [Short Fiction] (18 hours)
Dostoyevsky: A Christmas Tree and a Wedding
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Adventure of the Dancing Men


Core Text: Savouring the Classics
Recommended Reading
Italo Calvino: Why Read the Classics?
A. C. Bradley: Shakespearean Tragedy
Katherine Armstrong: Studying Shakespeare: A Practical Introduction
Gemma McKenzie: Foundations of European Drama
Harold Bloom: The Western Canon
Jeremy Hawthorn: Studying the Novel
C. Marydas: Shakespearean Aesthetics for University Wits


MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY
SYLLABI FOR COMMON COURSES - UG PROGRAMMES
2017 ADMISSIONS ONWARDS
COURSE 5 - Literature and/as Identity
Course Code EN3CC05
Title of the course Literature and/as Identity
Semester in which the course is to be
taught:3

No. of credits 4
No. of contact hours 90

AIM OF THE COURSE
The course is intended to sensitise students to the various ways in which literature serves as
a platform for forming, consolidating, critiquing and re-working the issue of ‗identity‘ at
various levels.

OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
On completion of the course, the student should be aware of the following:
1. The subtle negotiations of Indigenous and Diasporic identities with-in Literature.
2. The fissures, the tensions and the interstices present in South Asian regional identities.
3. The emergence of Life Writing and alternate/alternative/marginal identities.

COURSE OUTLINE
Module 1 (Diasporic Identities) (18 hours)
Agha Shahid Ali: I See Kashmir from New Delhi at Midnight
M.G. Vassanji: Leaving
Imtiaz Dharker: At the Lahore Karhai
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Indian Movie, New Jersey

Module 2 (South Asian Identities) (18 hours)
C. V. Velupillai: No State, No Dog
Sadaat Hasan Manto: The Dog of Tetwal
Intizar Hussain: A Chronicle of the Peacocks
Selina Hossain: Double War


Module 3 (Life Writings) (18 hours)
Malcolm X: ―Nightmare‖, excerpt from The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
Sashi Deshpande: Learning to be a Mother in Janani – Mothers, Daughters, Motherhood,
(ed.) Rinki Bhattacharya.

Module 4 (Indigenous Identities) (18 hours)
Excerpts from Binti, the Santhal creation song of cosmology, the Bhilli Mahabharat and
Garhwali Songs in Painted Words - An Anthology of Tribal Literature - Edited by G. N.
Devy.
Amos Tutuola: The Palm-Wine Drinkard. [Excerpt]

Module 5 (Alter Identities) (18 hours)
Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Birth Mark
John Henrik Clarke: The Boy Who Painted Christ Black
Ruskin Bond: The Girl on the Train
Core Text: Literature and/as Identity


MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY
SYLLABI FOR COMMON COURSES - UG PROGRAMMES
2017 ADMISSIONS ONWARDS
COURSE 6 – Illuminations
Course Code EN4CC06
Title of the course Illuminations
Semester in which the course is to be
taught:4

No. of credits 4
No. of contact hours 90


AIM OF THE COURSE
To acquaint the learners with different forms of inspiring and motivating literature.


OUTLINE OF THE COURSE
At the end of the course, the student shall be able to:
1. maintain a positive attitude to life.
2. evaluate and overcome setbacks based on the insights that these texts provide.


COURSE OUTLINE
Module 1 [Life Sketches] (18 hours)
Helen Keller: Three Days to See
Jesse Owens: My Greatest Olympic Prize
Dominic Lapierre: Mother Teresa


Module 2 [Essays] (18 hours)
Lafcadio Hearn: On Reading
Stephen Leacock: Are the Rich Happy?
A.G. Gardiner: On Courage


Module 3 [Speeches] (18 hours)
J. K. Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure and the importance of imagination
Malala Yousafzai: Nobel Lecture
Module 4 [Short Stories] (18 hours)
Oscar Wilde: The Nightingale and the Rose
George Orwell: The Miser

John Galsworthy: Quality
Paolo Coelho: The Beggar and the Baker
Module 5 [Poems] (18 hours)
William Ernest Henley: Invictus
Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken
Kahlil Gibran: Of Good and Evil
Joyce Kilmer: Trees
Core Text: Illuminations


Reference: MG university website. www.mgu.ac.in
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