First Year English (Hons.) Syllabus (Effective from session 2009-10) for Department of English, National University, Bangladesh

First year syllabus is widely available in web. Then why I posted it in my blog again? First reason is the blog is about English literature of Dept. of English of national university, so i posted it to make it more easily available. And the second reason is National University’s official website doesn’t supply any in-page syllabus that could be viewed without downloading thereby If anyone wish to see what is included in First years honours course of Dept. of English, They must download the whole syllabus in pdf format. So here I’m posting the First year HONS. syllabus (effective from session 2009-10) so anyone can see the courses and/or texts included in the syllabus without downloading them.

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National University

Subject: English Syllabus for Four Year B. A Honours Course

Effective from the Session: 2009-2010

  Year wise courses and marks distribution.

First year Honours.
Course Code
Course Title
English Reading Skills
English Writing Skills
Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Prose: Fiction and Non-Fiction
Introducing Sociology,
Or, Introduction to Social Work
Introduction to Social Work  


 Detailed Syllabus

 First Year

Course Code: English Reading Skills, Marks 100, 4 Credits, 60 Lectures

The course seeks to develop students' reading skills and covers the following sub-skills;
a) . Guessing word meanings by using knowledge of word form (class), word function, word structure and formation and most importantly, contextual clues.
b) Understanding ornamental expressions
c) Tackling sentence meaning,
d) Surveying text organization,
e) Reading for specific information (skimming),
f) Reading for general comprehension gist (scanning),
g) Summarizing,
h) Predicting,
i) Interpreting.
j) Recognizing, author's position, tone and attitude
The reading texts will be chosen from different types of writing like descriptive, narrative, expository, argumentative, journalistic, and academic texts e.g. History, philosophy etc.

Recommended Reading

Williams, E. 1984. Reading in the Language Classroom. Mcmillan.
Wallace. 1992. Reading. OUP
Barr. P. Clegg, J. and Wallace, C. 1981. Advanced Reading Skills. Longman Walter,
Catherine. 1982. Authentic Reading. CUP Greenwood, J. 1988. Class Readers. OUP

Course Code: English Writing Skills, Marks 100, 4 Credits, 60 Lectures

This course will focus on helping students develop their writing skills in English with focus on writing correct sentences, using proper punctuation marks, writing with good organization (coherence and cohesion), writing good topic sentences and concluding sentences in paragraphs, writing good introduction, body and conclusion. Students will be required to write:

a) Paragraphs using a variety of techniques such as examples, listing, cause and effect, comparison, contrast, comparison-contrast among others.
b) Descriptive, narrative, expository and argumentative essays
c) Reports
d) Formal and informal letters
e) Amplifications
f) Stories

Recommended Reading

Alice Oslima, Anna. Introduction to Academic Writing
Beverly Ingran and Carol King From Writing to Composition.  
M. Knight. English Essays for GCE O level 
Patricia Wilcox . Developing Writing 
John Langhan. 2001. College Writing Skills  ( International edition). Mcgraw-Hill
R. R. Jordon. 1995. Academic Writing. OUP
H. Ramsey Fowles. 1983. The Little Brown Handbook. The Little Brown Company.  (Text)

John Langhan. 2001. College Writing Skills  ( International edition). Mcgraw-Hill.
Joseph Gibaldi and Walters S Achtert. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New Delhi:
Affiliated East West Press.
Karen L Greenberg. 1994. Advancing Writer, Book 2. Harper Collins. 
Mary Stephens. Practise Advanced Writing. Longman.
R. R. Jordon. 1995. Academic Writing. OUP

Course Code: Introduction to Poetry, Marks 100, 4 Credits, 60 Lectures


W. Shakespeare—Shall I Compare Thee?
John Donne—Good Morrow
Robert Merrick— - Daylight in Disorder
W.Wordsworth—I Wondered Lonely as a Cloud
J.Keats—To Autumn
Elizabeth B.Browning—How Do 1 Love Thee?
Emily Dickinson—Because I Could not Stop for Death
W.B. Yeats—No Second Trov
R.Frost—Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
D.I I. Lawrence—Snake
Dvlan Thomas—Fern Hill
Ted Hughes—Pike
Adrienne Rich—Aunt Jennifer's Tigers
Kaiser Huq— Ode on a Lungi

Literary Terms:

Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Metonymy, Symbol, Irony, Climax, Anticlimax, Hyperbole,Paradox, Onomatopoeia, Bathos, Allusions, Conceit, Pun, Imager.' and all other literary terms


Accent, Foot/Measure, Blank Verse, Rhyme, Tercet, Scanning of Verse and others.

Course Code : Introduction to Prose: Fiction and Non-Fiction, Marks 100, 4 Credits, 60 Lectures


Francis Bacon—Of Studies
A.Lincon—Gettysburg Address
R.Tagore—Letter to Lord Chelmford Rejecting Knighthood
G.Orwell—Shooting an Elephant
N.C.Choudhury—River & Rain (from The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian)
Martin Luther King—I Have a Dream


S.Maugham— The Ant and the Grasshopper
James Joyce—Araby
K.Mansfield— The Garden Party
Anita Desai—Games at Twilight
Edgar Allan Poe—The Tell-Tale Heart
E.Hemingway—Cat in the Rain

Additional Courses

Course Code : Introducing Sociology; Marks 100, 4 Credits, 60 Lectures

1. Definition, Nature & Scope of Sociology, relationship with other social sciences. Development of Sociology: Contributions of Auguste Comte, Herbert Spencer, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber
2. Culture, Beliefs & Values: Norms, sanctions, symbols, language, subculture, counter­culture, hegemony & resistance
3. Globalization, Culture and Society: Globalization and its different dimensions, Cultural globalization, global culture and social change
4. Urbanization and Social Formation: Definition of urbanization and urbanism, Process of urbanization in developing societies and social formation, over urbanization, growth of slum & poverty in mega cities
5. Gender and Society-: Discourse of W1D, WAD and GAD, Why gender is important in the discourse of development. Gender inequality & women's subjugation in developing societies.
6. Environmental Problems, Natural Disasters and Social Crisis: Climate change and its impact on society, Natural disaster, social crisis and vulnerabilities, Climate change, deforestation and mal-development.
7. Social Inequality: Dimensions of social inequality: Class, gender, age, minority group (religious and indigenous), economic vulnerability, Social inequalities in developed & developing countries.
8. Types of societies: Marxist view on classifying societies on the basis of type of control over economic resources and Lenski's view on classifying societies by their main means of subsistence.
9. Deviance & Social Control: Definition of deviance, theories of deviance. Crime & justice system, agencies of social control
10. Health, Illness and Society: Nature & scope of the problem, Urbanizations, acute, chronic & life style diseases, Social, environmental & behavioural factors affecting health, Communicable & behavioural diseases: STD, HIV AIDS, TB, Hep-B etc


Giddens Sociology
Tony Bilton et al Introductory Sociology

Course Code: Introduction to Social Work ; Marks 100,4 Credits, 60 Lectures

1. Social Work: Meaning, Characteristics, Scope and Importance Relationship of Social Work with other Sciences- Sociology, Economics, Psychology and Political Science.
2. Evolution: Evolution of Social Work in UK, USA, India and Bangladesh.
3. Social Reformers and their Movements in Pre-partition India and Bangladesh: Raja Rammohan Ray, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, A.K Fazlul Haque, Sir Syad Ahmed, Begum Rokeya.
4. Social Legislations Related to Social Security, Women Welfare, Child Welfare.
5. Profession and Social Work: Meaning and Characteristics of Profession, Social Work as profession, Philosophical, Religions and Ethical Basis of Social Work.
6. Industrial Revolution: Meaning, Impact on Society, Industrialization, Urbanization, Welfare State.
7. Social Problems and Social Services in Bangladesh.
8. Methods of Social Work: Basic and Auxiliary Methods and their Basic Issues such as Meaning, Elements, Principles and Area of Use. Importance of Social Work Methods in Bangladesh.

Books Recommended:

1. Barker, Robert L. :Social Work Dictionary, 3rd ed. NASW, New York, 1995.
2. Coulshed, Veronica Social Work Practice: An Introduction 2nd ed. London. Macmillan, 1991.
3. Friedlander, Walter A. : Introduction to Social Welfare. Prentice Hall, 2nd ed. New Delhi-1967.
4. Khalid, M.: Welfare State, Karachi, Royal Book, 1968
5. Morales, A. And Shaefor. B. Social Work - A Profession of many faces, 4th ed. Allvan and
Bacan, Boston, 1986.

Course Code : Introduction to Political Theory; Marks 100, 4 Credits, 60 Lectures

Political Science : Meaning, Nature, Scope, Methods, Relations to other Social Sciences, Importance to Study Political Science
State : Definition, Elements, State and Government, State and Individual, State and Society, Theories of the origin of the state.
Fundamental concepts : Sovereignty, Law, Liberty, Equality, Rights and Duties, Nation, Nationalism, Internationalism.
Concepts of Political Sociology : Political culture, elite theory, Max Weber and Bureaucracy
Political Thinkers : Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau.

Books Recommended :

1. R.G. Gettell :  Political Science
2. J. W. Garner :  Political Science and Government
3. R. M. MacIver :  The Modern State
4. G.H. Sabine :  A History of Political Theory
5. William Ebenstein :  Great Political Thinkers-Plato to the Present
6. H.G. Laski :  A Grammar of Politics


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