Course Details

ENG 091 Foundation Course
The English Foundation Course is designed to enable students to develop their competence in reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar for academic purposes. The students will be encouraged to acquire skills and strategies for using language appropriately and effectively in various situations. The approach at all times will be communicative and interactive involving individual, pair and group work. (Non-credit)

ENG 101: English Fundamentals
Drills in basic writing skills: mechanics, spelling, syntax, grammar review, sentence and essay writing. Required of all First Year students. (3 credits)

ENG 102: Composition I
The main focus of this course is writing. This course attempts to enhance students' writing abilities through diverse writing skills and techniques. Students will be introduced to two aspects of expository writing: personalized/subjective and analytical/persuasive. In the first category, students will write essays expressing their subjective viewpoints. In the second category, students will analyse issues objectively, sticking firmly to factual details. This course seeks to develop students' analytical abilities so that they are able to produce works that are critical and thought provoking. (3 credits)

ENG 106 English Fundamentals for Architecture
The main objectives of the course include: Developing effective and efficient reading, writing, listening and speaking strategies and techniques, increasing students' repertoire of vocabulary, reading with speed and understanding, writing standard, well- informed academic essays, enhancing spoken fluency. (2 credits)

ENG 111: Principles of Linguistics
The course aims to familiarize students with basic concepts in linguistics including phonetics; phonology; morphology, syntax and semantics. Other aspects of this course will include definition and characteristics of language; role of linguistics in language teaching, relationship between linguistics and literature; second language acquisition and second language learning. (3 credits)

ENG 113: Introduction to English Poetry
Study of selected English poems from Shakespeare to contemporary times; Analysis of Poems; Prosody; Poetic Genres. (3 credits)

ENG 114: Introduction to English Drama
Study of selected plays from Shakespeare to Pinter; Analysis of Drama; Poetics and Fundamentals of Drama; Dramatic Forms. (3 credits)

ENG 115: Introduction to English Prose
Study of selected English Fictional and Non-Fictional Prose from Swift to contemporary times; Analysing Prose, Prose Forms. (3 credits)

ENG 122: English Phonetics and Phonology
This course is designed to promote a comprehensive study of English articulatory phonetics that deals with the production of English speech sounds. It intends to develop students' skills in perceiving, articulating and transcribing speech sounds. It also focuses on segments, syllables, stress, intonation and functions of intonation that are segmental and supra-segmental features. On the one hand, the practical aim of this course is to help students pronounce English accurately and on the other hand, its theoretical aim is to give students a deeper understanding of the sound system of English. Besides, this course covers a comparative study of Bangla and English phonetics. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 111.

ENG 123: History of English Language
This course will familiarize students with the evolution and development of English Language; its current practices, and forces responsible for giving it the shape it is in. (3 credits)

ENG 201: Composition II
A workshop on practical writing focusing on principles and style; practice in correct and effective expression and in organization and writing. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 102

ENG 203 Communication Skills in Architecture
This course is designed to strengthen students' communication skills, that they need to perform successfully in academic and non-academic fields. It will be a laboratory-based course. Audio visual aids in the laboratory will facilitate speaking as well as listening accuracy. In this course, students will participate in discussions, give oral presentations, learn pronunciation skills and practice language functions. A good number of listening activities will be included to help students enhance their note-taking and comprehension skills. (1.5 credits)
Prerequisite: Eng 106

ENG 211: Sociolinguistics
This course is the study of language as a social factor. The study takes into account regional and social dialects along with standard language, the process of standardization and pidgin and Creole languages. It also focuses on how language functions in society and deals with bilingualism, multilingualism, diglossia, code switching, register, and style. Besides, the course intends to give students an overview of the relationship between language and social class, and language and gender. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 111

ENG 212: Psycholinguistics
This course examines stage by stage acquisition of phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of the child's first language. In other words, it aims to provide students with the knowledge of the earliest stages of a child language acquisition; development of the child's sound system i.e. how children perceive and produce the sounds of their language; the acquisition of language structure emphasizing the principles children apply in this regard and the acquisition of meaning along with their awareness of the form and function of speech acts. The course also covers major L1 theories that include behaviourist, innatist, maturation and cognitive theories. Students are required to undertake a project based on naturalistic observation to study children's early language acquisition processes. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 111

ENG 213: Survey of English Literature I
Chaucer to Donne: Intensive Study of Chaucer, Spencer, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Webster, Jonson, Bacon, John Donne. (3 credits)

ENG 214: Survey of English Literature II
Milton to Johnson: Intensive Study of Milton, Dryden, Swift, Defoe, Pope, Fielding and Dr. Johnson. (3 credits)

ENG 215: Survey of English Literature III
Blake to Hardy: Intensive Study of Blake, Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Byron, Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Tennyson, Browning, Arnold and Hardy. (3 credits)

ENG 217: Shakespeare
An introduction to the plays of Shakespeare (history, comedy, tragedy, and romance). The plays will be studied in the context of Renaissance thought and will explore issues such as politics, religion, family, gender, historical settings and theatrical performances. (3 credits)

ENG 218: Post-Colonial Writing in English
This course will look at the vast body of contemporary writing in English from ex-colonial countries. Possible authors are Salman Rushdie, Ngugi 'waThiong'o, Amitav Ghosh, Chinua Achebe, Derek Walcott. The international status of English in today's world will be examined through these readings, and the changed but continuing significance of English studies highlighted. (3 credits)

ENG 221: Discourse Analysis
This course explores the structure and social context of texts both written and spoken language. Attention is focused on the structure and function of language beyond the sentence i.e. the way in which spoken (discourse) and written language (text) is used in coherent and meaningful ways (pragmatics). The course will therefore include issues like: functions of language; analysis of spoken and written language; rules and procedures in discourse analysis; role of context in interpretation of discourse; cohesion and coherence; speech acts, the cooperative principles and conversation analysis. Students will be engaged in classroom discourse analysis by developing and implementing discourse research projects. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 111

ENG 232: History of English Language Teaching
This course is designed to review the history of English language teaching. It covers the spread of English language teaching in Europe, and gives an overview of English language teaching since 1900 and the teaching of English as a foreign or second language since 1900, including foundations, development, changes and variations that took place in ELT. (3 credits)

ENG 240: Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Literature
The course will focus on the rise of new literary genres and the contemporary efforts to find new definitions of heroism and wit, good taste and good manners, sin and salvation, individual identity and social responsibility, and the pressures exerted by changing social, intellectual, and political contexts of literature. Readings from Dryden, the Restoration dramatists, a few early feminist writers, Defoe, Swift, and Pope. (3 credits)

ENG 241: Later Eighteenth-Century Literature
A selection from works by Johnson, Boswell and Sterne, together with shorter samplings from Gray, Burke, Goldsmith, Burney, Reynolds, Wollstonecraft, and others. (3 credits)

ENG 242: The Study of English
Orientation to the study of English language and literature and to the sources and methods of research in English. (3 credits)

ENG 247: Eighteenth-Century English Novel
A study of selected 18th century English novels read in the context of both contemporary and current novel criticism. Novels by Edgeworth, Burney, Defoe, Smollett, Fielding, Sterne, Richardson, and Austen. (3 credits)

ENG 257: Victorian Poetry
Victorian poetry is marked not only by experimentation in style, but also by the portrayal of the doubts and conflicts of the day. This is represented by a group of poets, who while having very little in common with each other, nevertheless hold up for the reader of the period, the main intellectual and spiritual tensions that marked nineteenth-century England. This course will take the students through the poetry of Tennyson, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Arnold, Swinburne, Dante Gabriel and Christina Rossetti and Hopkins. Both poetic experimentation and style and themes and conflicts will be the focus of this course. (3 credits)

ENG 260: Nineteenth-Century Women Novelists of England
The nineteenth century is not only the great age of the English novel, it is also the era in which women appeared as major writers of the novel. This course will take the students through the works of the major women novelists of the nineteenth century: Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, George Eliot and Elizabeth Gaskell. The course will highlight the wide variety of themes and styles that these writers represent ranging from the Gothic to social realism. (3 credits)

ENG 262: The Urban Novel
The representation of the city in novels from several literatures will be the focus of this course. The course explores such topics as the semiotics of the city, the 'painting of modern life,' the commodity culture of cities, politics and anarchy, plots and urban detection, the city and the construction of identity, transgression in gender and class, the poetics of the city and the tensions between modernism and postmodernism. Readings will begin with Dickens' Bleak House and conclude with Calvino's Invisible Cities. (3 credits)

ENG 266: The English Text in the Indian / Colonial Classroom
This course will trace the history of English studies in the Indian subcontinent. Starting with Macaulay's 1835 'Minutes on Education', it will look at the purpose of the colonial English curriculum. Macaulay's 'Minutes' will be read in conjunction with 'native' (Indian or Bengali responses) to the English educational scheme, reflected in thinkers such as Vidyasagar ('Notes on the Sanskrit College' [in English]) and the contemporary educational reformers and literature. (3 credits)

ENG 301: Research Methodology
This course provides practical training in a range of research skills and methodologies. It includes classes on the choice and organization of thesis / research topics, the use of library resources, the Internet, the use of manuscripts and archives, media audiences and institutions, concepts of textuality, and the writing, documentation, and presentation of research articles / theses. This course also introduces qualitative and quantitative methods in research. In this regard, strategies for planning and carrying out various types of research will also be discussed and applied. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 201

ENG 319: Modernism
Modern literature in its relationship to earlier literary and intellectual traditions, principal themes, and technical achievements, seen through the study of such writers as James, Conrad, Lawrence, Joyce, Yeats, Williams, Woolf, Stevens, Pound, Eliot. (3 credits)

ENG 327: Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
This course has been designed to provide students with knowledge of SLA. There are two segments in this course: issues and theoretical perspectives, and research. The first segment includes the key issues in SLA: the roles of L1, input, interaction and formal instruction in SLA, and learners' strategies. Besides, this course focuses on individual differences in SLA i.e. age, intelligence, attitude, motivation, memory etc. In the second segment of the course students are required to undertake a project on any issues related to SLA. This course also gives an overview of the major theories of SLA that include acculturation, accommodation, monitor-model, interlanguage and universal theories. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 111.

ENG 328: Advanced Grammar
This course provides an overview of English grammar from a descriptive point of view. It is designed to show students how descriptive grammar differs from prescriptive grammar. With a view to clarifying incompatibility between traditional grammar and modern grammar, the course facilitates an intensive study of word, word classes, morphology, modality, functions of clauses and meaning of grammatical categories that include tense, aspect, gender, number and person. It also focuses on systems of syntactic analysis that contain IC analysis, phrase-structure grammar and transformational generative grammar. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 111

ENG 331: Cultural Studies: Theory And Practice
This course will consist of an examination of cultural and literary theories, looking at the relations between society and literary and cultural production. Besides introducing students to the core concepts in cultural theory, the course will also equip them with the skills to analyse and understand the processes of cultural production in our own society. Issues such as popular culture and cultural politics, including feminist and post-colonial perspectives will be highlighted in the course. (3 credits)

ENG 332: Teaching Techniques
This course seeks to familiarize students with teaching techniques i.e. drill, role-play, group work and their purposes. It helps students apply those techniques in teaching language skills that include writing, reading, speaking, listening, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and other micro skills which contain guessing word meaning, interpreting graphs and summarizing, note-taking. This course also covers error analysis, usage of L1 and L2, usage of authentic materials and incorporates observation of classroom teaching techniques. (3 credits)

ENG 333: Globalisation and The Media
This course will include an introduction to post-modern and globalisation theories, as well as theories of consumer culture. Its main focus will be to study audio-visual media, as well as other forms of cultural production that lend to the creation of global public opinion and the creation of a global culture. The growth of a global culture and its interactions with local and regional cultures will form a key focus of the course. (3 credits)

ENG 334: ELT Methodology
This course is an analytical study of approaches and methods in language teaching that include grammar translation method, audio lingual method, natural approach, communicative language teaching. It enhances students' understanding of the principles on which these methods are based. Its aim is to familiarize students with the currently available alternatives, which are based on earlier and more recent theories and practices. Students are required to be engaged in observation and evaluation of teaching methods used in ELT classes. (3 credits)

ENG 335: Linguistic Theories
In this course various linguistic theories (such as Saussure, the Descriptivists, the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, Noam Chomsky, and Generative Grammar) will be discussed. The idea is to chart the conceptual ground on which language as a medium of communication today stands. (3 credits)

ENG 343: Classical Literary Theory
Intensive Study of Classical Texts of Literary Theory by Aristotle, Sydney, Dryden, Johnson, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Arnold, Eliot. (3 credits)

ENG 354: Survey of American Literature I
Bradstreet to Whitman: Intensive Study of Texts by Bradstreet, Taylor, Franklin, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman. (3 credits)

ENG 355: Survey of American Literature II
Dickinson to Toni Morrison: Intensive Study of Texts by Dickinson, Twain, Chopin, O'Neill, Frost, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Miller, Lowell, Bellow. (3 credits)

ENG 357: Survey of World Literature in Translation I
Intensive Study of Texts by Homer, Aristophanes, Sophocles, Euripides, Virgil, Ovid and Kalidas. (3 credits)

ENG 358: Survey of World Literature in Translation II
Intensive Study of Texts by Machiavelli, Moliere, Rousseau, Goethe, Balzac, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Ibsen, Baudelaire, Brecht, Kafka and Tagore. (3 credits)

ENG 359: Advanced Study of Shakespeare
Topics vary from year to year; the course supposes significant prior experience of Shakespearean drama and/or non-Shakespeare Renaissance drama. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG217

ENG 360: Romanticism: Crisis and Critique
An exploration of the dialogue between literature and philosophy and an examination of the role of language in engendering the ideas of genius, originality, self-authoring and poetic identity. Topics include Romantic irony, allegory, the sublime, the uncanny, Romantic fragments in opposition to philosophical systems, dreams, and mythmaking. Texts from the Romantic period as well as interpretations by modern writers are read. Authors include Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Mary Shelley, Herder, Schiller, Kant, Schlegel, Kleist, Holderlin, Derrida, Rousseau, de Man and Benjamin. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG215

ENG 362: The English Text in the Bengali / Colonial Classroom
This course will look at English writings in Bengal in the nineteenth century and writers such as Derozio, Madhusudan, Bankim, ToruDutt and so on. This reading will be offset with readings from the English romantic poets and the early Victorian novels, not only to trace influences, but also to look at the cultural and literary impact of the colonial venture on our own writings and imagination. (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG266

ENG 364: Theories of Fiction
A study of narrative structure and rhetoric, focusing on the models presented in structuralism and post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, and cultural critique. Authors include: the Russian formalists, Hillis Miller, Foucault, Todorov, Barthes, Derrida, Freud, Lacan, Lukacs, Bakhtin, Benjamin, Jameson. (3 credits)

ENG 366: Major Texts of the Feminist Tradition in the West
From Wollstonecraft to Woolf: A study of works from the mid-seventeenth century to the late 1930's, which examine the causes of nature of women's places in society and the creation of alternative visions and strategies. Includes authors such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Radclyffe Hall, Zora Neale Hurston, and Virginia Woolf. (3 credits)

ENG 367: English Writing and British Colonialism
This course will concentrate on the early twentieth century and the ways in which the colonial experience is reflected in literary and creative writing. The writings of the emerging anti-colonial movements of the period will be read in conjunction with 'imperial' texts. A possible reading list will include writings by E. M. Forster, Joseph Conrad, Edward Thompson, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rabindranath Tagore, C. L. R. James and so on. (3 credits)

ENG 368: Milton
A survey of a broad array of Milton's writings in poetry and prose, with particular emphasis not only upon his individual accomplishments, but also upon contemporary discussions of who 'the poet' is and by what standards the accomplishments of poetry should be measured. (3 credits)

ENG 401: Editing
The editor's role; reading proofs; the production process; marking the typescript; structure and headings; spelling and vocabulary; grammar; meaning and clarity; punctuation; capitals and hyphen; dialogue and extracts; perspective and level; the author's voice; consistency and house style; numbers and math; use of italics; styling in bibliographies; notes and short title references; author-date references; making cuts; tables; lists; design and layouts; illustrations; preparing the index; permission and libels; preparing the preliminary pages and jacket blurbs. (3 credits)

ENG 404: Copywriting
Principles of Copywriting: preparing copy for print media; copywriting for radio, television and films; copywriting for social marketing; preparing texts for brochures; designing campaigns; working with graphics and layouts. (3 credits)

ENG 414: Twentieth-Century English Literature
This will be a survey course, divided into different periods, such as: early, middle and late twentieth century, to enable the students to make their way through the very rich and complex terrain marked out by the authors of these periods. From the early twentieth century period we will look at the plays of George Bernard Shaw, the novels of Joseph Conrad, E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield and George Orwell. T. S. Eliot, W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, W. H. Auden and Wilfred Owen will represent the poets of this era. Middle and late twentieth century literature will include authors like Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter for their plays, and Doris Lessing, Nadine Gordimer, V.S. Naipaul, and Edna O'Brien for their prose writings. The poetry of Philip Larkin, Dylan Thomas, Ted Hughes, Derek Walcott and Seamus Heaney will represent this period. (3 credits)

ENG 434: Materials Design
The objective of this course is to familiarize students with theories and principles of materials design. It includes planning, developing, piloting, assessing and redesigning materials. Besides, the course focuses on the problems faced by materials designers. In this course students are required to design materials for different levels of language teaching. (3 credits)

ENG 437: Testing and Evaluation
This course is a review of issues in language testing and evaluation. It is designed to introduce students to underlying principles of testing and evaluation. It focuses on different types of testing, their goals and techniques of evaluating basic language skills i.e. reading, writing, speaking and listening. In addition, through this course students acquire skills in developing and critiquing classroom test materials. (3 credits)

ENG 438: Syllabus Design
This course is designed to study the background of language syllabus design; various types of syllabi; needs analysis and the problems faced by syllabus designers. It also investigates the decision-making process that involves planning, developing, implementing, evaluating and modifying syllabi. Besides, students are required to write a report on the evaluation of syllabi used in ELT classes or to design a syllabus for SSC/HSC level of ELT. (3 credits)

ENG 439: Teaching Practicum
This course seeks to develop students as effective ESL/EFL teachers by providing them with knowledge and awareness of the learning environment. It emphasizes observational skills, insights into effective lesson planning and helpful techniques to manage the language classroom. In this course students are engaged in observation and micro teaching practice in ESL/EFL classes. (3 credits)

ENG 440: English for the Print Media
This course will provide students with the English Language skills necessary to work or write for newspapers, journals and other print media. The course will give them an understanding of how a newspaper or journal is organized and introduce them to the different aspects of journalistic writing. The course content will include news reporting, feature writing, literary-critical analysis, news commentary, op-eds and post-editorials, planning a story, including cross-checking and editing. (3 credits)

ENG 456: Marginality and Transgression in Victorian Literature
A re-reading of Victorian texts with the aim of foregrounding concerns that High Victorianism tried to suppress or marginalize: poverty, sexuality, revolution, criminality, and aestheticism. The course will look at the ways in which the anarchic and scandalous jostling against the 'respectable' affect both the forms and themes of Victorian literature. The semiotics of transgression, the discourses of sexuality, the fascination of the other, the connections of the upper classes with the underworld: these are some of the issues to be explored. (3 credits)

ENG 458: Women of Talents
Identification and definition of 'female aesthetics' and associated ethics. Issues include: why/where/how women write; how women writers represent acts of imagination, its processes, practices, and psychology; how women novelists assume or question the existence of a 'female tradition'; how the resistance of female aesthetic to closure, to 'forms' and 'framing', both conforms to and challenges post-modernist thought; how women writers' 'special relationship to language' problematizes the function and status of figurative language; how the body and the 'literal' inform 'female' discourse; and how a theory of a special kind of 'embodiment' or 'incarnation' of the word comes to factor importantly in articulations of such an aesthetic. Readings from novels by Cisneros, Drabble, Kingston, Kincaid, Lessing, Morrison, Woolf, short-stories by multi-cultural writers in English, essays about writing by women and appropriate theory will form part of this course. (3 credits)

ENG 460: Moderns and Contemporaries
A study of the moment of divergence in high culture which occurred around 1900, and which is marked in literature by the disagreement between 'contemporaries', who appealed to the main body of cultured taste by continuing the novelistic tradition of realism, and the 'moderns', who rejected realism in the name of art. Moderns include such writers as James, Woolf, Lawrence and Conrad; contemporaries include John Galsworthy, H. G. Wells, Arnold Bennett, and Rudyard Kipling. (3 credits)

ENG 461: Modern British Drama
Readings from Wilde, Shaw, Beckett, Pinter, Stoppard, Orton and Churchill. (3 credits)

ENG 462: Post-Colonial Literary Theory
Based on a reading of Edward Said's Orientalism (1978) students will have to read relevant works by Michel Foucault, Antonio Gramsci and Jacques Derrida. Contemporary developments in post-colonial theory, including the works of GayatriSpivak, HomiBhabha and Aijaz Ahmad will form an intrinsic part of this course. (3 credits)

ENG 464: Post-Colonial Literature
Intensive Study of Texts by NiradChaudhuri, Narayan, Achebe, Garcia Marquez, Soyinka, Walcott, Rushdie, Gordimer, Desai. (3 credits)

ENG 465: Translation Studies
Theory and practice of translation. Problems of translation from Bangla to English and vice versa. (3 credits)

ENG 466: Dissertation
Students will write a dissertation in consultation with a supervisor on any area in their specialized stream. At the end of the semester students will be required to make a satisfactory presentation to a board of examiners. For students taking options B or C, this can be a semester-long internship, followed by a report, which must be acceptable to a board of examiners. (6 credits)

ENG 490: Seminar Course
This course is offered to students in the senior year. Special courses will be offered either by a senior full-time member of the faculty or by visiting faculty on a special topic. The course will consist of 3-hour long extensive seminars on various sub-topics each week. This course requires intensive study and a close working relationship between student and teacher. (3 credits)