BA English Language & Literature          

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UG Programme                                                  No of Seats                                          Duration
BA English Language &  Literature                  24                                                        3 Years

 

Rs.9000 /semester

MAHATMA GANDHI UNIVERSITY KOTTAYAM

BA ENGLISH LANGUAGE  & LITERATURE  PROGRAMME

PROGRAMME OUTCOMES (PO’S)

 The course is intended to introduce the students to the basics of grammar, usage and effective
communication.
 To introduce students to the different genres of literature and to the niceties of literary expression.
 To introduce the students to the taste of time tested world classics.
 The course is intended to sensitivise 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.
 To acquaint the learners with different forms of inspiring and motivating literature
 The course seeks to introduce the student to the major signposts in the historical evolution of
literary studies from its inception to the current postcolonial realm.
 The course seeks to introduce the student to the basics of English language and literature.
 The student is given space to mature in the presence of glorious essays, both Western and Non-
Western.
 To acquaint the student with the rich texture of poetry in English.
 To acquaint students with various modes of fiction.
 This course is an introduction to the science of linguistics. It seeks to give an overview of the basic
concepts of linguistics and linguistic analysis to the students
 The course seeks to introduce the student to select theatre texts that form the canon of English
drama
 To familiarize the students the varied dimension s of postcolonial subjectivity through theory and
literature.
 The course seeks to introduce students to the major signposts in Literary Criticism, Literary Theory
and Indian Aesthetics
 To introduce ―voices‖ from the margins to the students, as an attempt to understand suppressed
histories and discourses.
 The course is intended to sensitivise students to the various ways in which literature written in
English, in the Indian sub-continent serves as a platform for forming, consolidating, critiquing and
re-working the issue of national ‗identity‘ at various levels.
 To introduce the theoretical and literary responses by women and the concerns that govern feminist
literature.
 To make the students aware of the stupendous variety that resides in Literatures the world over.
 To make the learner aware of the way in which history shapes the life and literature of a people
 To enable the students to have a holistic understanding of the heterogeneity of American culture
and to study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural
contexts.
 To enable students to have a notion of the evolution of literature and to help them perceive the
interplay of social processes and literature

 The course seeks to introduce the student to the major elements that constitute cinema. Also the
attempt will be to equip the student to academically discuss cinema in terms of critiques and close
analyses.
 To introduce the student to the various concepts relating to comparative study of literature and to
promote an international approach to the study of literature
 The students will be introduced to a selection of literature translated from Malayalam into English.
The student will be able to establish an endearing rapport with the cultural aspects of the living
environs.
 The students will be introduced to a selection of regional literatures translated into English.

Program Specific outcomes (PSO’s)
 Students will get acquainted with the different forms of poetry, prose, fiction and drama.
 The given course will enable the students to get exposed to advanced level of grammatical patterns
and usages in English.
 They are able to improve their skills to speak and write English accurately.
 They can get familiarity with and practice in the four modes of literacy: writing, speaking, reading
& listening;

SEMESTER 1
COMMON COURSE -1 EN1CC01 – Fine-tune Your English
COURSE OBJECTIVES
On completion of the course, the student should be able to
 Confidently use English in both written and spoken forms.
 Use English for formal communication effectively.
 To sensitize the learners to contemporary issues of concern.

COMMON COURSE – 2 EN1CC02 – Pearls from the Deep
COURSE OBJECTIVE
On completion of the course, the student should be able to
 Appreciate and enjoy works of literature.
 Appreciate the aesthetic and structural elements of literature.

COMMON COURSE SECOND LANGUAGE- HINDI/MALAYALAM

Core Courses

CORE COURSE 1 EN1CR01 – Methodology of Literary Studies
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 The emergence of literature as a specific discipline within the humanities.
 The tenets of what is now known as” traditional” approaches and also that of ‗formalism.
 The shift towards contextual-political critiques of literary studies.
 The questions raised by Cultural Studies and Feminism(s)
 The issues of sublaternity and regionality in the literary domain.
COMPLEMENTARY COURSE – PSYCHOLOGY

PY1CMT01 – UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOLOGY
Objective s
 To gain understanding regarding the basics of Psychology as a scientific discipline
 To understand the chief applications of the field of Psychology in social and clinical settings.

SEMESTER II
COMMON COURSE 3 EN2CC03 – Issues that Matter
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
 Identify the major issues of contemporary significance
 Respond rationally and positively to the issues raised
 Internalise the values imparted through the selections.

COMMON COURSE 4 EN2CC04- Savouring the Classics
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 Become familiar with the classics from various lands.
 Understand the features that go into the making of a classic.

CORE COURSE 2 EN2CR02 – Introducing Language and Literature
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
On completion of the course, the student should be able to discern the following:
 The evolution and the differential traits of the English language till the present time.
 The evolution of literature from antiquity to postmodern times.
 The diversity of genres and techniques of representation and narration
 The links between literature and film as narrative expressions.
 The emergence of British and American Literature through diverse periods

COMMON COURSE – SECOND LANGUAGE-HINDI/MALAYALAM
COMPLEMENTARY COURSE – PSYCHOLOGY

PY1CMT02 PSYCHOLOGY OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES

Objectives:
 To generate understanding about the key psychological processes.
 To generate interest to know more about the concept of personality and the theories underlying it.

SEMESTER III

COMMON COURSE 5 EN3CC05 – Literature and/as Identity
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 The subtle negotiations of Indigenous and Diasporic identities with-in Literature.
 The fissures, the tensions and the interstices present in South Asian regional identities.
 The emergence of Life Writing and alternate/alternative/marginal identities.

COMMON COURSE SECOND LANGUAGE – HINDI/MALAYALAM

CORE COURSE 3 EN3CR03 – Harmony of Prose
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 To be familiar with varied prose styles of expression.
 To be aware of eloquent expressions, brevity and aptness of voicing ideas in stylish language

CORE COURSE 4 EN3CR04 Symphony of Verse
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 An understanding of the representation of poetry in various periods of the English tradition
 An awareness of the emerging cultural and aesthetic expressions that poetry makes possible. .
COMPLEMENTARY COURSE 3
EN3CM03 The Evolution of Literary Movements: The Shapers of Destiny
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 To give the learner a comprehensive overview of the history of Britain and its impact upon the
rest of the world
 To enable him to understand English literature in the light of historical events
 To analyse the manner in which a person is moulded by the historical events of his personal and
communal life

SEMESTER IV

COMMON COURSE 6 EN4CC06 – Illuminations
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 To maintain a positive attitude to life.
 To evaluate and overcome setbacks based on the insights that these texts provide.

COMMON COURSE SECOND LANGUAGE – HINDI/MALAYALAM

CORE COURSE 5 EN4CR05-Modes of Fiction
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
The student will have comprehended the categories of British and non- British short fiction, and also the
novel as a form of literary expression.
CORE COURSE 6 EN4CR0 6 – Language and Linguistics.
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 To show the various organs and processes involved in the production of speech, the types and
typology of speech sounds, segmental & suprasegmental features of the English language, and
transcription using IPA.

 To describe and explain morphological processes and phenomena.
 To show the various processes involved in the generation of meaning.
 To enhance student’s awareness that natural language is structure dependent and generative and
to develop their ability to observe, describe and explain grammatical processes and phenomena.
COMPLEMENTARY COURSE 4
EN4CM04 – The Evolution of Literary Movements: The Cross Currents of
Change
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 Students will be competent to understand literature against the backdrop of history.
 Students will be inspired to contribute dynamically to historical and literary processes.

SEMESTER V
OPEN COURSES

COURSE 1 EN5CROP01 Appreciating Films
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
On completion of the course, the student should be able to discern the following:
 The broad contours of the history and aesthetics of films.
 The overarching film genres and the basic terminology of film studies.
 The distinction between mere appreciation of films and sustained ideological film analysis.
 The questions raised by Cultural Studies and Feminism(s) in their encounter with films
 The issues raised by cinematic adaptations of literature

COURSE 2 EN5CROP02 – Theatre Studies
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
On completion of the course, the student should be able to imbibe the following:
 An understanding of a selection of well-discussed plays across the world
 The classical and modern theatre in the West and the East.
 The form and content of various kinds of theatre.
 Colonial and subversive postcolonial aspects in Indian theatre.
 Issues of gender, identity, caste, tradition, morality, etc dealt with by modern theatre.

COURSE 3 EN5CROP03 – English for Careers
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 To develop communicative skills, which will enable them to prepare for a career and function
effectively in it.
 To equip themselves in oral and written communication to enhance their academic and
professional use of language.
 To train themselves in making effective presentations

CORE COURSES
CORE COURSE 7 EN5CR07 – Acts on the Stage
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 To be familiar with the works of the playwrights included in the course.
 To be informed about the broad genre-based nuances in the realm of drama.
 Students will be able to appreciate and critique drama as an art form.

CORE COURSE 8 EN5CR08 – Literary Criticisms and Theory
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 They will have awareness about the major developments in literary criticism from the ancient
times to the twentieth century.
 They will be initiated to the realm of literary theory and major theoretical schools.
 The will have awareness about the chief strains of Indian literary criticism.
 They will be able to analyse short poetical pieces critically.

CORE COURSE 9 EN5CR09 – Indian Writing in English
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 To aware the subtle flavours that distinguish the ‗Indian‘quotient in English writings from India
 To be aware of the different concerns that Indian English writers share, cutting across sub-
nationalities and regionalities.
 To be aware of the locus standi of diasporic ‗Indian‘writers.

CORE COURSE EN5CREN01 – Environmental Science and Human Rights
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 Environmental Education encourages students to research, investigate how and why things
happen, and make their own decisions about complex environmental issues by developing and
enhancing critical and creative thinking skills.
 It helps to foster a new generation of informed consumers, workers, as well as policy or decision
makers.
 Environmental Education helps students to understand how their decisions and actions affect the
environment, builds knowledge and skills necessary to address complex environmental issues, as
well as ways we can take action to keep our environment healthy and sustainable for the future.
 It encourages character building, and develops positive attitudes and values.
 To develop the sense of awareness among the students about the environment and its various
problems and to help the students in realizing the inter-relationship between man and
environment and helps to protect the nature and natural resources.
 To help the students in acquiring the basic knowledge about environment and the social norms
that provides unity with environmental characteristics and create positive attitude about the
environment.

SEMESTER VI
Choice Based Courses
1. EN6CB01– Comparative Literature

OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
On completion of the course, the student should be able to
 Develop strategies and methodologies in the study of literatures in comparison.
 Undertake a methodological investigation of problems involving more than one literature so that
she/he may acquire a broader sense of literary history and tradition.
 Critically analyze literary texts in a broader perspective of World Literature.

2. EN6CB02 – Modern Malayalam Literature in Translation

OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 To comprehend an understanding of a selection of much discussed writers/literary pieces in
Malayalam.
 To comprehend the various genres in Malayalam.
 To comprehend the modern trends in Malayalam literature. To know Experiments with form in
Malayalam poems and prose.

3. EN6CB03 – Regional Literatures in Translation

OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
On completion of the course, the student should be able to comprehend the following
 An understanding of much discussed writers/literary pieces in the vernaculars.
 The modern trends in regional literatures.

4. EN6CB04 – Voices from the Margin

OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 The student will have critically encountered subaltern voices, Dalitness and indigeneity.

CORE COURSE 10 EN6CR10 – Postcolonial Literatures
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 The student will be aware of the social, political, cultural aspects of postcolonial societies.
 To realise the impact of colonialism and imperialism on native cultural identities.
 To get an insight into the links between language, history and culture.

CORE COURSE 11 EN6CR11 – Women Writing
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 Students will be able to critically respond to literature from a feminist perspective.
 To realize how the patriarchal notions pervade in the social and cultural scenario and how
feminism exposes these notions.
 To identify how stereotypical representations of women were constructed and how these are
subverted by feminist writing.

CORE COURSE 12 EN6CR12 American Literature
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 The student shall be familiar with the evolution of various literary movements in American
literature.
 To be acquainted with the major authors in American Literary History.

CORE COURSE 13 EN6CR13 Modern World Literature
OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
 The students should be able to discern that literatures the world over engage in very deep ways
with the vicissitudes of life.
 To distinguish that World literatures often defy genres/regional ties and canonical assumptions to
emerge as a platform where poetics and politics fuse.
 The students should be able to discern that the notion of Major and Minor, Central and Peripheral
literatures is a myth.

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