Course Code                          : Eng. 201 

Course Title                           : Developing Academic Writing Skills

Course Credits                      : 4

Full Marks                             : 100

Introduction to the Course

The course focuses on developing students’ skills of writing academic essays in English using academic conventions and avoiding plagiarism. It adopts an integrated approach involving reading of academic texts for writing purposes. The course provides a transition from their previous course (Eng. 104) on writing formal essays to writing more critically and academically.


The course aims to:

  • develop students’ ability to think, read and write critically
  • enhance students’ understanding of the nature and conventions of academic writing
  • guide students to analyse the structure, language and style of academic texts
  • enable students to write academic essays using appropriate conventions of referencing and citation.

Course Contents

  • Identifying features of academic writing: vocabulary, style, appropriacy, cohesion and coherence
  • Reading critical essays, obtaining information and note-taking
  • Paraphrasing, summarising and synthesising academic texts
  • Practising the mechanics of referencing conventions (MLA and APA)
  • Writing assignments/essays for both literature and ELT courses

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • differentiate between academic and non-academic writing
  • independently generate ideas, plan and compose an academic essay
  • use techniques of paraphrasing, summarising, synthesising and citing sources effectively to support their writing
  • exhibit a range of vocabulary, sentence structures and coherence in their writing
  • apply proper referencing techniques to avoid plagiarism in their writing.

Instructional Strategies

Students are divided into groups of approximately 40-45 students and taught through:

  • pair work, group work and individual work
  • debates and discussions
  • use of online resources and platforms

Core Text

Alam, Z., Shahnaz, B. S. and Huq, N. (Eds.). (2016). Exploring academic writing. Dhaka:

INSPIRE DEWS, Department of English, University of Dhaka.

Recommended Readings

Bailey, S. (2015). Academic writing: A handbook for international students (4th edition).

Abingdon: Routledge.

Ballenger, B. (2014). The curious researcher: A guide to writing research papers (8th edition).

New York: Pearson.

Booth, W. C., Colomb, G.G., & Williams, J.M. (2008). The craft of research (3rd edition).

Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Harris, J. (2017). Rewriting: How to do things with texts. Utah: Utah State University Press.

Heffernan, J. A. W., Lincoln, J. E., & Atwill, J. (2001). Writing: A college handbook (5th

edition). London: W. W. Norton and Company.

Swales, J. M. and Feak, C. B. (1994). Academic writing for graduate students: Essential tasks

and skills. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Course Code                          : Eng. 202

Course Title                           : Introduction to Drama

Course Credits                      : 4

Full Marks                             : 100

Introduction to the Course

This course introduces students to the origin and growth of Western drama. It traces the development of drama from the Greek classical period through the earliest English Medieval plays to the age of modern realism. It provides an overview of the earliest English Medieval plays (Mystery, Miracle and Morality) which evolved from the churches in England. It then proceeds to examine the plays of Marlowe and Shakespeare, moving on to the Restoration period and ending with the birth of modern realism in English drama. A study of these plays and theatrical conventions provides an exciting reading of the history, politics, culture and society from Ancient Greece to early twentieth century England.


This course aims to:

  • provide knowledge and understanding of the historical, social and cultural contexts as well as the background of the development of drama in England
  • explore the applicability of Aristotle’s theoretical approaches in Greek as well as in English plays
  • focus on the importance of the Renaissance and Restoration
  • introduce the elements, theatrical conventions, techniques and features of different sub-genres within drama
  • highlight the importance of aesthetics in everyday life through the appreciation and enjoyment of drama

Course Contents

Sophocles:                                                                   King Oedipus (in translation)

Aristotle:                                                                     Poetics (excerpts)

Seneca:                                                                        Medea (excerpts)

Anonymous:                                                                Everyman (excerpts)

Christopher Marlowe:                                                 Dr. Faustus

William Shakespeare:                                                  Macbeth

William Congreve:                                                      The Way of the World

George Bernard Shaw:                                               Arms and the Man

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  • relate different plays with respective social and historical periods
  • identify the characteristics and functions of different genres of drama
  • interpret, link and compare the stylistic and thematic features of the plays
  • perceive a play not only as a text, but also as a ‘performance’ (stage, setting, props, characterization etc.)
  • get involved with performance and envision the journey from written text to stage

Instructional Strategies

  • lectures and discussions
  • oral presentations by students as part of class work
  • use of performance 

Recommended Readings

Avery, E. L. (1951). Congreve’s Plays on the Eighteenth-Century Stage. New York : Modern

language Association of America.

Barton, A (1990). The Names of Comedy. University of Toronto Press.

Holland, P. (1979). The Ornament of Action. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kennedy, X. Joe. (1979). Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Little  Brown.

Kitto, H. D. F. (1956).  Form and Meaning in Drama. Routledge.

Leggatt, A.(1972). Citizen Comedy in the Age of Shakespeare. University of Toronto Press.

Murray, P.. (Ed.) (2001).  Classical Literary Criticism. Penguin Books Limited.

Williams, A. L. (1979). An Approach to Congreve. Yale University Press.

Course Code                          : Eng. 203

Course Title                           : Reading Novels through Theory

Course Credits                      : 4

Full Marks                             : 100

Introduction to the Course

The course introduces students to reading novels in the light of theory. It deals with different kinds of novels and shows how different theoretical perspectives can be used to unravel thematic and generic issues present in novels chosen from different literary periods and parts of the world.


The course aims to:

  • help students view different forms of novels as chronicles of societal issues as well as works of art
  • apply theoretical lenses such as Marxism, feminism, psychoanalytic criticism and postcolonialism to critique texts
  • enable students to analyse fictional representations of reality and understand issues related to class, race, gender, family relationships, and empire.

Course Contents

Selections from the following:

Daniel Defoe:                                                                          Robinson Crusoe

Mary Shelley                                                                           Frankenstein

Charlotte Bronte:                                                                    Jane Eyre

Emily Bronte:                                                                          Wuthering Heights

William Golding:                                                                    Lord of the Flies

Kiran Desai:                                                                            The Inheritance of Loss

Aravind Adiga:                                                                       The White Tiger

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • understand the relationship between critical theory and texts
  • apply theoretical frameworks to analyse and critique novels
  • use literary critical concepts and terminology in writing academic essays
  • connect literary texts emerging from varying historical and regional contexts
  • utilise quotations and provide textual evidence in writing essays.

 Instructional Strategies

  • lectures and discussions
  • oral presentations by students as part of class work
  • use of multimedia

Recommended Readings

Azim, F. (1993). The colonial rise of the novel. London: Routledge.

Barry, P. (2017). Beginning theory: An introduction to literary and cultural theory. Manchester University Press.

Cobley, P. (2014). Narrative. Routledge.

David, D.(Ed.). (2012). The Cambridge companion to the Victorian novel. Cambridge University


De Groot, J. (2009).The historical novel. Routledge.

Eagleton, T. (2004). The English novel: An introduction. Wiley-Blackwell.

Gilbert, S. and Susan G.(1979). The madwoman in the attic. Yale University Press.

Kettle,A. (2011). An introduction to the English novel – Volume two: Henry James to the Present. Northup Press.

Nayar, P.K. (2009). Contemporary literary and cultural theory: From structuralism to ecocriticism. Pearson.

Ryan, M. (2017). Literary Theory: A practical introduction. Wiley-Blackwell.

Tyson, L. (2014). Critical theory today: A user-friendly guide. Routledge.

Watt, I. ( 2001). Rise of the novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding. California

University Press.

Zacharias, R. “Space and the Postcolonial Novel.” In A. Quayson, (Ed). (2015). The Cambridge companion to the postcolonial novel, pp. 208-229. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.