Semester III core courses



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SEMESTER III

CORE COURSES

Course 3: LITERATURE AND INFORMATICS

MODULE I: ICT SKILLS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION (36 HOURS)

Data, information and knowledge – Various file formats – Networking - Internet access methods: Broadband connections, Dial-up connection – Academic search techniques: Favorites and bookmarks, search engines, subject directories, Wikis - Evaluating Web Sites - Creating a cyber presence: Instant messaging, Podcasts, Blogs and Vlogs, Webcasts, E-mail, Group Communication – Social networking – Academic web sites – Copyrights and patents - Plagiarism and how to detect it - IT in education - Educational software - Reference software – Academic services: INFLIBNET, NICNET, BRNET – Online libraries – E-journals – E-content development - IT in publishing – IT in film and media – Artificial intelligence – Virtual reality – Virtual classrooms – EDUSAT - Presentation software – Speech-recognition software – Machine translation - Documentation software - Language computing tools in Indic languages

MODULE II: SOCIAL INFORMATICS (36 HOURS )

Digital society and its challenges – IT and development – Free software movement: Open Source Software, Linux – New opportunities in the IT industry – IT industry threats: Theft, Spam, Cookies, Adware, Spyware, Malware, Phishing and internet hoaxes, Hackers, Trojan horses – Computer safeguards – Cyber ethics – Cyber security: Firewalls, other security measures – Privacy issues – Cyber laws – Cyber addiction – Information overload – Proper usage of computers – Internet and mobile phone – e-waste and green computing – Impact of IT on language and culture

MODULE III: WRITINGS ON INFORMATICS (18 HOURS )

Various essays dealing with informatics and its role in the society

4. CORE TEXT

Alan Evans et al. Literature and Informatics: Technology in Action. Pearson Education.

COURSE 4: READING PROSE

3. Course Outline

Module 1: Different Types of Prose 36 hours

a) Introduction: Dr.K.M.Krishnan

b) Samples of different types of prose

1. Amartya Sen : “Banquet Speech”

2. Charles Dickens : “Journey to Niagara”

3. George Bernard Shaw : “How I became a Public Speaker”

4. Jim Corbett : “A Deed of Bravery”

5. J B S Haldane : “Food”

6. Francis Bacon : “Of Studies

Module 2 Perspectives on Current Issues 36 hours

1. Amitav Ghosh : “The Diaspora in Indian Culture”

2. Kenneth Kaunda : “The Colour Bar”

3. Stephen Leacock : “With the Photographer”

4. G K Chesterton : “The Worship of the Wealthy”

5. Bertrand Russell : “An Ideal Individual”

6. R.N.Roy : “Martin Luther King”

7. A G Gardiner : “All About a Dog”

4. CORE TEXT

Dr K M Krishnan Ed. The Word and the World: Representative Prose Selections. DC Books.

SEMESTER III

COMPLEMENTARY COURSE

ENCY1: EVOLUTION OF LITERARY MOVEMENTS: THE SHAPERS OF DESTINY

Module One : Moulding and Being Moulded 18 hours

Early settlers and invaders- the Iberians, the Celts and Romans, the

Angles, Saxons, Jutes. The Anglo Saxon heptarchy- The coming of

Christianity- Theodore of Tarsus and the organization of the church-

Alfred the Great – St. Dunstan and Edgar – Canute the Danish king-

Edward the Confessor, Harold Godwin- Society and literature of the

time-the Witangemot -the Anglo Saxon Chronicle, Beowulf, Caedmon,

Cynewulf, Venerable Bede and others-

Module Two : The True Briton 36 hours

Normans: the last invaders –William the Conqueror –the reforms of Henry I- Feudalism- the Angevin kings - the struggle between the church and the state, St. Thomas Becket – the universities of Oxford and Cambridge–the Guilds - Richard the Lionheart and the Crusades- the Magna Carta- Henry III – Simon de Montfort, and the Parliament- Edward I, annexation of Wales, Scotland and Ireland – Edward II and Edward III – The Black Death, The Hundred Years War, The Peasants Revolt – the effects of these on society and literature- The Wars of the Roses – Chaucer and the growth of the East Midland dialect into standard English – Growth of drama and stage performances- Chaucer’s contemporaries- John Wycliffe and the Lollards.

Module Three : Brittannia Rules the Waves 36 hours

The Tudor Dynasty- benevolent despots – Renaissance – maritime discoveries – the scientific temper and scientific inventions- flamboyant Henry VIII, Reformation- religious persecution- Thomas More, Erasmus, Thomas Cromwell-The Book of Common Prayer- Elizabeth I- Shakespeare – nest of singing birds- Francis Drake- peace and prosperity- The Stuarts and the Divine Right Theory- The Authorised Version- The Civil War- Oliver Cromwell and the Protectorate – John Milton- the Jacobean playwrights – Restoration- Caroline writers- The Whigs and Tories- Queen Anne and the expansion of colonialism – The Glorious Revolution

Module Four : A Precious Stone Set in the Silver Sea 18 hours

The United Kingdom today- Physical features of the British Isles, geography, demography – Customs and practices – myths and legends – the growth and development of the English language –the position held the UK in today’s world

Reading List

1.Trevelyan, G. M. Illustrated English Social History (Vol 1-6). England: Penguin, 1968.

2.Churchill, Winston. A History of the English Speaking Peoples (Vol 1-12). London: Cassel and Co., 1966.

3.Nehru, Jawaharlal. Glimpses of World History. New Delhi: Penguin, 2004.

4.Alexander, Michael (ed.) A History of English Literature. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007.

5.Sampson, George (ed.) A History of English Literature. Delhi: Foundation, 2004.

6.Thorndike, Lynn. Encyclopedia of World Civilization (Vol 2). Delhi: Shubi Publications, 1990.

7.Yeats, W. B. Writings on Irish Folklore Legend and Myth. London: Penguin, 1999.

8.Warner, Marina. From the Beast to the Blond. London: Vintage, 1995.

4. CORE TEXT

Susan Varghese. Evolution of Literary Movements: The Shapers of Destiny. Current Books.



SEMESTER III

COMMON COURSE FOR PROGRAMMES OTHER THAN B COM

Course V: REFLECTIONS ON INDIAN POLITY, SECULARISM AND SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

MODULE I: Readings on Indian Constitution and Federalism (18 hours)

1. The Preamble of the Constitution

2. Rajendra Prasad : “Let Posterity Judge”

3. Sebastian : “Exciting Views”

4. Amulal Hingorani : “Brother Abdul Rahman”

Note: “Dimensions of Indian Federalism” by Rajesh Kumar is excluded.

MODULE II: Readings on Gandhian Philosophy (18 hours)

1. Vallathol : “My Master”

2. Louis Fischer : “Gandhi and Western World”

3. Raja Rao : “The Cow of the Barricades”

4. M.K.Gandhi : “Round Table Conference Speech”

5. C E M Joad : “The Gandhian Way”

MODULE III: Readings on Secularism (18 hours)

1. Mohinder Sing Sarna : “Smaller Gandhis”

2. Kumar Vikal : “Can you Make Out”

3. Shashi Tharoor : “The Idea of India: India’s Mosaic of Multiplicities”

4. Ismat Chugtai : “Roots”

5. Padma Sachdev : “Smoke”

MODULE IV: Readings on Sustainable Environment (36 hours)

o Fritjof Capra : “Deep Ecology”

o A K Ramanujan : “Ecology”

o Sujatha Bhatt : “The First Meeting”

o Ramachandra Guha : “A Gandhian in Garhwal”

o Jack London : “The Law of Life”

o Elizabeth Bishop : “The Fish”

o Chief Seattle : “The End of Living and the Beginning of Survival”

o Robinson Jeffers : “The Last Conservative”

4. CORE TEXT

Dr B Keralavarma Ed. Understanding India: An Anthology on Indian Polity, Secularism and Sustainable Environment. Macmillan and Mahatma Gandhi University.



SEMESTER III

COMMON COURSE B COM

PERSPECTIVES IN LITERATURE

MODULE ONE: ESSAYS (18 hours)

1. E.V. Lucas : “Bores”

2. Jawaharlal Nehru : “A Glory has Departed”

3. Amartya Sen : “Tryst with Destiny”

4. Bertrand Russell : “How to Escape from Intellectual Rubbish”

MODULE TWO: POETRY (18 hours)

1. William Shakespeare : Sonnet XXX

2. John Keats : “Ode to the Nightingale”

3. Robert Frost : “Mending Wall”

4. David Malouf : “The Bicycle”

5. Maya Angelou : “Poor Girl”

6. Kamala Das : “The Mask”

7. Nissim Ezekiel : “Goodbye party for Miss Pushpa T.S”

8. Gabriel Okara : “Once Upon a Time”

MODULE THREE: SHORT STORIES (18 hours)

1. Anton Chekov : “The Lottery Ticket”

2. O. Henry : “Jimmy Valentine”

3. R. K. Narayan : “A Shadow”

4. Anita Desai : “A Devoted Son”

5. A J Cronin : “Two Gentlemen of Verona”

4. CORE TEXT



Dr Leesa Sadasivan Ed. Perspectives in Literature. Foundation Books.

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