B.Tech Courses

First Semester

HS103 Communication Skills for Engineers

HS 103 Communication Skills for Engineers 2-0.5-1-6

In today’s ‘global village’, there are many who believe that ‘Communication is like breathing and life would cease to continue without it’. This particular course on communication skills imbibes the same and therefore, it aims to equip the students with getting the basics right of communication and presentation skills for academic and professional purposes. It is designed to help the second language learners acquire fluency in both spoken and written English to communicate information with clarity, precision and confidence especially in the professional sphere. It will introduce learners not only to the basic concepts in communication but also focus on providing them a hands-on experience of the same. It is hoped that after commanding the skills required in spoken and written English, learners will be able to express themselves more effectively.

The course will have ten units and shall focus on the following topics:

Unit 1: Language and Communication

  • What is Communication
  • Nature, Style and Process of Communication
  • Communication Barriers
  • Objectives and Importance of Communication
  • Formal and Informal Communication
  • Verbal and Non Verbal Communication

Unit 2: English Language Remedial Skills

  • Construction of Sentences
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Tenses
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Direct and Indirect Speech
  • Common Errors

Unit 3: Oral Skills

  • Public Speaking
  • Dealing with lack of confidence
  • Making an Effective Presentation
  • Telephone Etiquette
  • Understanding GD
  • Why conduct a GD?
  • How to gear up for a GD?
  • Different Phases ofGD

Unit 4: Listening Skills

  • Meaning of Listening
  • Different Types of Listening
  • Barriers to Listening and Methods to overcome them
  • Various strategies to develop effective Listening
  • Semantic Markers

Unit 5: Reading Skills

  • What is Reading?
  • Types of Reading
  • Reading Comprehension

Unit 6: Writing Skills

  • Business Correspondence
  • Element and Style of Writing
  • Report Writing
  • Notice, Agenda and Minutes

Unit 7: Interview Techniques

  • How to prepare for an Interview
  • An Interview

Text and Reference Books:

  • V.Sasikumar, P.Kiranmai Dutt, Geetha Rajeevan, "A Course in Listening and Speaking-I', Foundation books, 2007.
  • V.Sasikumar, P.Kiranmai Dutt, Geetha Rajeevan, "A Course in Listening and Speaking-II', Foundation books, 2007
  • Rizvi, Ashraf, Effective Technical Communication, Tata McGraw Hill, 2005
  • Nitin Bhatnagar and Mamta Bhatnagar, 'Communicative English for Engineers and Professionals, Pearson 2010

Third Semester

HS201 Introductory Microeconomics

HS201 Introductory Microeconomics 3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites: nil

Introduction: Why Economics, The Central Economic Problem, Production Possibility Curve (PPC)

Overview of Markets: Demand and Supply, Elasticity, Efficiency and Equity, Markets in Action

Determinants of Demand and Supply: Utility and Demand, Production and Costs

Markets for Goods and Services: Competition, Monopoly, Monopolistic Competition and Oligopoly

Markets and Government: Externalities, Public Goods and Taxes, Factor markets, Income distribution

Texts:

  • Paul A. Samuelson and William Nordhaus ,Economics, Tata M.Hill, 2005.

References:

  • A.Koutsoyiannis, Modern Microeconomics, Macmillan, 2008.
  • Richard G. Lipsey and Alec Chrystal, Economics, Oxford, 2007.
  • Microeconomics: An Integrated Approach , David Besanko and Ronald R. Braeutigam ,John Wiley and Sons, 2002.

HS221 Fundamentals of Linguistics Science

HS221 Fundamentals of Linguistics Science 3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites: nil

The course aims to introduce the field of Linguistics to the B. tech students. Apart from introducing the broad fields of Linguistics, the course intends to orient the students towards applied linguistics especially where technology comes into play. This one semester course aims to educate students about the basics of core Linguistics so as to equip them to take on interdisciplinary researches at later stage.

What is Linguistics

What is language? What is Linguistics? Human and animal communication; descriptive and prescriptive grammar; performance and competence.

Language Acquisition

First and second language acquisition; brain and cognition; brain and language; universal grammar.

Linguistics Core Areas:

Phonetics/ Phonology

Mechanism of Speech Sound production and transmission- transverse and longitudinal waves; simple and complex waves; resonance and damping; resonators as acoustic filters; larynx as acoustic filters; role of larynx in voice switching and determining voice quality; fundamental frequency; spectrum; acoustic analysis; spectrograms and spectrographs.

Types of speech sounds- consonants; vowels

Basic concepts- phones, phonemes, allophones, phonology; phonology as rule governed system; phonotactic constraints.

Morphology

Morphemes; morphology as rule governed system; word formation processes; inflectional and derivational morphology; reduplication.

Syntax and Semantics

Prescriptive and descriptive grammar, PS rules, phrases and sentences; word order in Indian languages and English; agreement (gender, tense and number); syntactic tools; Meaning in languages; homophones; Semantic class, semantic features, prototypes.

Language in Society

Speech community; standard language; dialect; pidgin and Creole; language in contact; multilingualism and bilingualism

Language Technology

Understanding human natural language; natural language generation; language and computers; machine translation; artificial intelligence; speaker identification; speech recognition.

Basic Text:

  • Fromkin, Victoria & et al. 2011. An Introduction to Language.9thedition. Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
  • Akmajian, A & et al. 2001. Linguistics: An Introduction to Language and Communication. 5th edition. MIT, Cambridge, USA.

Reference:

  • Aronoff, Mark; Dobrovolsky, Michael & O’Grady, William. 2001. Contemporary Linguistics:An Introduction. St. Martin’s Press. New York.
  • Fry, D. B. 1979. The Physics of Speech.CUP: London.
  • Saussure, Ferdinand de. 1915. A Course in GeneralLinguistics.Philosophical Library. New York.
  • Yule, George. 2006. The Study of Language. Third Edition. Cambridge University Press

HS231 Introductory Sociology

HS231 Introductory Sociology 3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites: nil

Aim of the course:

This course aims to prepare engineering undergraduate students with the necessary knowledge base to understand society through the basic subject matter of the academic discipline of Sociology. Essential concepts, vital perspectives, necessary theories, tools and techniques, and their like will be studied in this course. Link of this understanding will be connected with detailed analysis of the Indian society with the help of the work of prominent social thinkers and the personal everyday experiences of the learners. We will moor our learning through participation with different communities of practice around the campus.

Contents of the course:

  1. Introduction: Sociological Imagination; Subject matter of Sociology.
  2. Theoretical Practice: Durkheim (Foundations of the Science of Society), Weber (Economy and Society), Marx (Political Economy), Foucault (Practices and Knowledge), Butler (Gender Performativity), & Burawoy (Public Sociology).
  3. Methodology and Methods: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed. Bricolage.
  4. Indian Society: Eminent Indian Sociologists and their contributions; Caste, Class, and Tribe; Women and Children; Health and Education; Culture and Values; Science, Technology and Society; Media and Migration; Diaspora; Bihar- a case study.

Text and References:

  • Giddens, Anthony (2009) Sociology (Sixth Edition) Cambridge: Polity Press
  • Jodhka, Surinder S (2012) Village Society New Delhi: Orient Blackswan
  • Inkeles, Alex (1997) What is Sociology? An Introduction to the Discipline and Profession, New Delhi: Prentice-Hall of India
  • Singh, Yogendra (2014) Indian Sociology: ICSSR Research Surveys and Explorations New Delhi: Oxford University Press
  • Srinivas, M.N. (1985) Social Change in Modern India New Delhi: Orient Longman

HS233 Globalization and Social Change

HS233 Globalization and Social Change 3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites: nil

Aim of the course:

This transdisciplinary course aims to introduce students to the nature of global world with the help of concepts and perspectives used by social scientists. It will enable students to understand the complexity of the contemporary society. The changing nature of the nation –state will provide key insights into the distinctive nature of global social change today. The increasingly intrusive role of technology will explain the twin processes of cultural deculturalization and cultural acculturalization. At the same time, the centrality of the consumer will help clarify the resurfacing of local and personal social identity under globalization.

Contents of the course:

  1. Globalization: Concept of globalization; globalization and socio-cultural change; globalization and migration; impact of globalization on gender. Each concept will be discussed with case studies from India.
  2. Global-local nexus: Perception of localization and glocalization; debates on global-local nexus; issues of cultural difference and culture clash, cultural specificity, cultural resistance and cultural transformation in response to globalisation. Case studies from India to illustrate each sub-topic.
  3. Economy and work: Global division of labour; outsourcing; factors influencing outsourcing; processes involved in outsourcing with special reference to service sector industries; changing trend from BPO to KPO; feminization of back offices. Each sub-topic will be explained with examples from India.
  4. Production of place: Changing notion of place; the evolution and regionalization of landscape; perception and behavior; identity and landscape; the making of socio-cultural landscapes and its readings, with reference to India.
  5. Place and environment: Defining the various types of environments- social, physical and virtual; living in each of these environments; changing environmental setups citing examples from India.
  6. Perspectives: Colonialism; modernism; multiculturalism; network society; post- ality (postmodernism, post-colonialism, etc).

Text and References: (Selected chapters from these books will be specified by the instructor during the course)

  • Anderson, Benedict (1991). Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso.
  • Appadurai, Arjun (1996). Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalisation. University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis.
  • Bose, Ashish (2010). Head Count. Penguin Books India: New Delhi.
  • Castells, Manual (2010). The Rise of the Network Society. Wiley-Blackwell: Sussex.
  • Giddens, Anthony (2003). Runaway World. Routledge: New York.
  • Knox, Marston and Nash (2010). Human Geography: Places and Regions in Global Context. Prentice Hall: New Jersey.
  • Ritzer, George (2011). Globalization: The Essentials. John Wiley & Sons: Sussex.
  • Sassen, Saskia (2007). Sociology of Globalization. W.W. Norton: New York.

Fourth Semester

INTRODUCTORY MACROECONOMICS

HS202 INTRODUCTORY MACROECONOMICS 3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites:Nil

Introduction: Alternative Economic Systems, Government and the Markets, Supply and Demand in Macroeconomics, Aggregate Demand and Supply, Macroeconomic Issues: Measuring the Economy, Economic Growth, Macroeconomics and Income, Aggregate Expenditures, Fiscal Policy, Inflation, Unemployment and Employment, Money and Banking: Money Creation, Monetary Policy, Role of Money in Macroeconomics, Commercial and Central Bank ,International Trade: International Trade, Trade and International Currency, Balance of payments and exchange rate, Exchange Rates and Their Effects

Texts:

  • P. A. Samuelson and W. Nordhaus , Economics, Tata M.Hill, 2005
  • M.L. Jhingan, Macroeconomic Theory, Konark Publishers Pvt. Ltd, 2008

References:

  • A. B. Abel, B.S. Bernanke, Macroeconomics, Addison Wesley, 2000
  • P.R. Krugman & M. Obstfeld, International Economics: Theory and Policy, Pearson Education (Singapore) Indianbranch,Delhi,2008

LITERATURE: VOICES AND CULTURES

HS211 LITERATURE: VOICES AND CULTURES 3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites: nil

Identity and diversity of culture, Concepts - ideology, power, hegemony. The voice of suppressed women in Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’, the appearance of the independent woman in ‘Jane Eyre’, woman-woman relationship in ‘Kamala’, challenging patriarchy in ‘Kamala’, Violence and Racism in Alice Walker’s ‘The Colour Purple’, Disruption of traditional roles in ‘The Colour Purple’, The voice of the underdogs in ‘Untouchable’, the female voice in ‘Untouchable’, laws and human behaviour in ‘The God of Small Things’, hierarchies in ‘Indian Society’ in ‘the God of Small Things’, the voice of the Black women in Phillis Wheatley’s ‘On Being Brought from Africa to America’ and A. Ruth’s ‘A Black Woman, Nothing Else’, the voice of the powerless in Langston Hughes ‘Ballad of the Landlord’.

Texts:

  • Charlotte Bronte,Jane Eyre, Macmillan India, 2000
  • Krupabai Satthianadhan, Kamala, OUP, 1998
  • Alice Walker,The Colour Purple, Houghton Miffin Harcourt, 2006
  • Mulk Raj Anand, Untouchable, Penguin Classics, 1990
  • Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things, Penguin, 2002
  • Phillis Wheatley,On Being Brought From Africa to America. (Phillis Wheatley, Poems on Various Subjects,Religious and Moral (London: by A. Bell, for Cox and Berry, Boston, 1773): 18)
  • A.Ruth, A Black Woman, Nothing Else, Author’s Den, 2002
  • Hughes Langston, Ballad of the Landlord, The Langston Hughes Reader, George Braziller, New York, 1958
  • (The poems mentioned shall be provided in the class)

References:

  • Meenakshi Mukherjee, Elusive Terrain: Culture and Literary Memory, OUP, New Delhi, 2008
  • Malashri Lal,Signifying the Self – Women and Literature, Macmillan India, New Delhi, 2004
  • Sachchidanand Mohanty, Gender and Cultural Identity, Orient Black Swan, New Delhi, 2008
  • Nandy Bhatia,Acts of Authority/ Acts of Resistance, OUP, 2004
  • N Krishnaswamy, Contemporary Literary Theory, Macmillan, New Delhi, 2005

LANGUAGE, HUMAN MIND, AND INDIAN SOCIETY

HS222 LANGUAGE, HUMAN MIND, AND INDIAN SOCIETY 3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites:Nil

Language: Form and function (Competence vs. Performance), Language as a rule-governed system, Language constitutive of being human; Languages of India: Language families (Genealogical classification of languages), India as a linguistic Area; Human mind: Cognitive language faculty, Biological foundations of language, Language acquisition, Human and non-human systems of communication, Construction of knowledge, Language processing, comprehension and production, Bilingualism and cognitive growth; Indian Society: Multilingualism vs. Bilingualism, India as a multilingual nation, Identities and language, Implications for pedagogy (Multilingual approaches to education), Language and dialect, Politics of language in India

Texts:

  • M. Montgomery, An introduction to language and society, Routledge, 1986
  • N.Chomsky, Language and Mind, Cambridge University Press, 2006
  • V. Evans and M.C. Green, Cognitive linguistics: an introduction, Edinburgh University Press, 2006

References:

  • J.R. Searle, Mind, language and society: philosophy in the real world, Basic Books, 1999
  • A. Akmajian , R.A. Demers, A.K. Farmer, R.M. Harnish, Linguistics: an introduction to language and communication, Mass:MIT Press, 2001
  • N.Chomsky, New horizons in the study of language and mind Cambridge University Press, 2000
  • W. Corft and D. Alan Cruse, Cognitive linguistics Cambridge University Press, 2004

COGNITION: LANGUAGE AND COMPUTATION

HS223 COGNITION: LANGUAGE AND COMPUTATION 3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites:Nil

Language: Study of language as a rule governed system (Structure of Language), Acquisition of language, Universal Grammar, Knowledge of Language; Cognitive Science: Introduction, Study of Human Mind, Language and Human Mind, Language as a Cognitive Behavior; Cognitive Computation: Formal Models of Computation, Church-Turing Thesis, Chomsky/Machine Hierarchy; Human Cognition as Computation: Cognitive Architecture, Production System Architecture, Problem Spaces, Protocol Analyses; Artificial Intelligence and the Design of Intelligent Systems: Physical Symbol System Hypothesis, Representation and Semantics, General Models of Search, Knowledge & Search, Computational Limits and Rationality.

Texts:

  • N. Chomsky, New horizons in the study of language and mind, Cambridge University Press, 2000
  • N. Chomsky, Knowledge of language: its nature, origin, and use Convergence Greenwood Publishing Group, 1986
  • P. Thagard, Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science, MIT Press, 2005
  • W. Croft and D.A. Cruse, Cognitive linguistics, Cambridge University Press, 2004
  • S. Jonathan Russell Artificial intelligence: a modern approach, Prentice-Hall Of India Pvt. Ltd., 2008
  • R. Morelli, W .Miller Brown, D. Anselmi, K. Haberiandt, and D Lloyd (Eds.) Minds, Brains and Computers: Perspectives in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Intellect Books, 1992

References:

  • W. Bechtel, G. Graham (Eds.) , A Companion to Cognitive Science, Wiley-Blackwell, 1999
  • J. Friedenberg and G. Silverman, Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind, SAGE, 2005
  • J .P. Heuristics, Intelligent Search Strategies for Computer Problem Solving, Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1984

HS232 Health Care Management

HS232 Health Care Management 3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites:Nil

Aim of the course:

The main aim of this course is to introduce students to the concepts of health, determinants of health care, and framework for health care management. This would allow students to understand the availability of health care services and development of health policies with special reference to India. It will also focus on analyzing the implications and outcomes of such policies. The course will emphasize on health disparities, health care management issues and their optimization in everyday lives of people in different communities of practice.

Contents of the course:

  1. Introduction to health: Definition and concept of health; health disparities and health equities.
  2. Determinants of health: Characteristics of population: (a) Demographic characteristics: sex, age, marital status; (b) Socio-cultural characteristics: literacy and educational attainment, religion, ethnic and linguistic composition; (c) Economic characteristics: Work Force and labour force, work participation rates, industrial and occupational composition.
  3. Demographic data: Sources of demographic data, such as Census; Vital registration System; Civil Registration System; NSSO.
  4. Health statistics: Sources of data for health statistics (e.g., NFHS, DLHS); application of software like SPSS for analyzing health statistics.
  5. Measurements of health status: Concepts of morbidity, mortality; different measures of mortality and morbidity; life expectancy; life tables.
  6. Health care system: Health care services and the community; indigenous approaches to health care system; health information technologies; provider for health care- state and private agencies (insurance etc.); health education.
  7. Health policies: Determining thrust areas for formulating health policies; nature, scope and evaluation of health policies in India: preventive policies, curative policies.
  8. Management of health care system: Availability of health care services; health care services and provider relationship with patients (doctor-patient ratio, hospital bed-patient ratio); accessibility of health care services (physical and monetary); utilization of health care services; intercultural issues in health care management.
  9. Challenges in health care management: Need of technological innovations for health care management; patient demographics; shortage of skilled personnel; quality of health care services; clients’ perspectives of various health care services; health care tourism.

Text and references:

  • Buchbinder and Shank (2011). Introduction to health care management. Jones & Bartlett Publishers: New York.
  • Elbe, Stefen (2010). Security and Global Health: Towards the Medicalization of Insecurity. Polity Press: Cambridge.
  • Henderson GE, et al. (eds.) (2005). Social and cultural contributions to health, difference, and inequality. (Volume II) Duke University Press: Durham.
  • National Coordination Committee (2006). Health System in India: Crisis & Alternatives National Coordination Committee, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan: New Delhi.
  • Pandey, et. al. (eds.) (2010). Population, Gender and Health in India: Methods, Processes and Policies. Academic Foundation: London.

Sixth Semester

HS301 Financial Economics

HS301 Financial Economics 3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites:
Macroeconomics (HS202)

Objective: Basic objective of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of financial economics, its theories and applications. Growing demand for expertise in the domain of finance, both professional as well as academics, will be served at preliminary level through this course.

  • Introduction: An introduction to financial economics, financial assets and their roles in the economy, financial system and its management.
  • Choice under uncertainty and financial decisions: Definitions of uncertainty and risk, utility theory under uncertainty, axioms of choice under uncertainty, Definition of risk aversion and risk neutrality.
  • Financial instruments: Types and characteristics of financial instruments, term structure and theories of interest rates, i) The Expectations Hypothesis, ii) Liquidity Preference Theory, iii) Market Segmentation Theory, iv) Preferred Habitat Theory.
  • Options and financial derivatives: Introduction to future and option. Understanding rights and obligations of the parties involved in various types of options, Fundamental of Weiner process and Random Walk etc. Basic of Black-Scholes Pricing, Notions of Delta, Gamma, Vega, Theta , Rho. Commodity derivatives: price discovery, valuation of futures and options.
  • Investment theory and portfolio analysis: The trade-off between expected return and risk. Efficient diversification with multiple risky assets. Weak and strong form of market efficiency. The capital asset pricing model and arbitrage price model.
  • Financial market and economy: Nexus between Financial market and economy. A brief discussion on fragile financial system and its recurring crises. Indian economy and its relation with global financial world.

Text and Readings:

  • Z. Bodie, C. Merton and D.L. Cleeton, Financial Economics, Pearson Education, First Edition, 2009.
  • Stephen Roy, J. Werner and Stephen Ross, Principle of Financial Economics. Second Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • J.C.Hull, Futures and Option Markets, Prentice-Hall, New Jersey, 7th Edition, 2010.
  • David G. Luenberger, Investment Science, Oxford University Press, USA, 1997.
  • Case Studies and Research Articles.

HS311 Diasporic Literature

HS311 Diasporic Literature 3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites: nil

This course will deal with one of the most popular tools of contemporary theory- the notion of diaspora and its presence in literature:

Diaspora, exile, migration, old and new diaspora, identity formation, cultural assimilation, notion of home and homelessness, ideology of home and nation, homesickness, memory, nostalgia, politics of multiculturalism, the heterogeneity of diasporic groups, especially by gender, class, sexuality, caste, religion, the role of language and other cultural practices in migratory experiences; the significance of memory for the production of "imaginary homelands", Films and Indian diaspora.

Texts:

  • Amitava Kumar, Please prove Your Identity and The Long Distance Nationalists in Husband of a Fanatic, India: Penguin Books, 2004.
  • Bharti Mukherjee, Jasmine, New York: Grove Press, 1989.
  • Derek Walcott, A Far Cry from Africa and Midsummer, Collected Poems 1948-1984. New York, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1986.
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth, India: Random House, 2008.
  • V S Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas, André Deutsch, 1961.
  • Sujata Bhatt, A Different History and Search for my Tongue, Brunizem, Carcanet Press, 2008

References:

  • Janmejay Kumar Tiwari, From Routes to Roots: diaspora in the novels of Salman Rushdie, The Criterion: An International Journal in English, Vol.2 No. 2, June 2011.
  • John McLeod, Diaspora Identities, Beginning Postcolonialism, Viva Books 2010.
  • Manjit Inder Singh (ed.) Contemporary Diasporic Literature: Writing History, Culture, Self, New delhi: Pencraft International, 2007.
  • Satendra Nandan, The Diasporic Consciousness: From Biswas to Biswasghat in Harish trivedi and M. Mukherjee (ed.) Interrogating Post-colonialism: Theory, Text and context, IIAS, Shimla, 1996.
  • Vijay Mishra, Diasporic Imaginary: Theorizing the Indian Diaspora from Textual Practice 10 (3), 1996, 421-447

HS312 Gender and Women’s Studies: An Introduction

HS312 (tentative) Gender and Women’s Studies: An Introduction 3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites:
Nil

Course Objectives:

This course decodes the power relations expressed/embedded in historical, structural, economic and political contexts, defines male and female relationship in multiple contexts steeped in patriarchy and age-old systems of dominance across cultures. With an aim to establish an egalitarian social structure free from exploitation, violence and oppression, society has indeed acknowledged the achievements of women and LGBTQ+. However, gender discrimination is still prevalent across the world and especially in the Indian society as it is entrenched and legitimized through our traditions, economy, religion and society.These patriarchal notions have seeped in from one generation to theother resulting in women and LGBTQpushed to subordinate position. Therefore, the course aims to minimize gender bias and works towards developing a gender sensitive pedagogy and knowledge system that will bring about a social change.

Unit 1: Basic Concepts in Gender

  • Concepts of Sex and Gender
  • Gender Identity and Gender Roles
  • Gender Stereotyping and Gender Discrimination
  • Gender and Class/Caste

Unit 2: Feminism

  • Concept of Feminism
  • Definitions of Feminity and Masculinity (within family, media, social stratification, religion, education, work culture)
  • Feminist Theories: Origin and growth of feminist thought (Mary Wollstonecraft, Virginia Woolf, Friedrich Engels, Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, Julia Kristeva)
  • Typology of feminisms (liberal, radical, Marxist/socialist and postmodernist feminism)
  • Emergence of #MeToo movement (Tarana Burke)

Unit 3: Women’s Movements in India

  • Pre-independence women’s movements in India (Prohibition of Sati Act in 1829, Hindu Widows’ Remarriage Act, 1856, SNDT Women’s University, All India Women’s Conference)
  • Post-independence women’s movements in India (SEWA, Working Women’s Organization)
  • Contemporary women’s movements in India (Declaration of the UN Year of Women in 1975, Movement against Dowry, Movement against Rape, Anti-arrack Movements, Chipko Movement, Shah Bano case)

Unit 4: Gender Inequalities across History

  • Attitude towards women in ancient India
  • Attitude towards women in the Vedic period
  • Attitude towards women in Medieval Period
  • Role and Position of Women in Present India
  • Social discrimination of the girl child: Infanticide and Female Foeticide

Unit 5: Bending Gender

  • LGBTQ rights
  • Section 377 of the Indian constitution

Unit 6: Women and work

  • Women and work in India
  • Housework and economic status
  • Comparable worth and pay equity

Unit 7: Gender and Violence

  • Violence: definition and forms (Domestic Violence, Wife battering)
  • Sexual Harassment at workplace (Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment)
  • Dowry and Bride Burning

Unit8: Gender and Popular Culture

  • Portrayal of women on television and internet
  • Indecent representation of women (prohibition) act, 1987
  • Women in films (Padmaavat, Water etc.)
  • Graphic narratives and women (Priya's Shakti)

Unit 9: Gender and Politics

  • Political participation of women
  • Hindrances for political participation
  • Reservation for women

Unit 10: Gender and Technology

  • Feminist technology studies: the coproduction of technology and gender
  • Materiality
  • STS themes and feminist technology question

Text Books:

Bray, Francesca (2007) “Gender and Technology”

https://web.mit.edu/~shaslang/www/WGS/BrayGT.pdf

Pilcher, Jane & Imelda Whelehan (2004) Fifty Key Concepts in Gender Studies.SAGE

Publications Ltd

Richardson, Diane & Victoria Robinson (2007) Introducing Gender and Women's

Studies.Palgrave Macmillan

Sen, Sujata (2012) Gender Studies. Dorling Kindersley (PEARSON)

Devineni, Ram and Dan Goldman (2014)Priya's Shakti.Rattapallax

Suggested Reading:

Anagol, Padma (2005) The Emergence of Feminism in India, 1850-1920. Ashgate Publishing

Behl, Natasha (2019) Gendered Citizenship: Understanding Gendered Violence in Democratic India. Oxford University Press

Bhasin, Kamala (2000) Understanding Gender. Zubaan

Fontanella-Khan, Amana (2013) Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in India. W. W. Norton & Company

Geetha, V (2002) Gender. Stree

John, Mary E (2008) Women’s Studies in India: A Reader. Penguin

Kumar, Radha (2000) The History Of Doing: An Illustrated Account Of Movements For Women’s Rights And Feminism In India, 1800-1990. Zubaan

Puri, Jyoti (1999) Woman, Body, Desire in Post-Colonial India: Narratives of Gender and Sexuality. Routledge

Tharu Susie & Lalita K (1997) Women Writing in India- Volume 1& 2. Oxford University Press

HS 322 Forensic Linguistics: Language, Law and Technology

HS322 Forensic Linguistics: Language, Law and
Technology
3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites:Nil

Overview:

This course has been designed for B. Tech. students. Forensic linguistics or language and the law is the application of linguistic knowledge, methods and insights to the forensic context of law, language, crime investigation, trial, and judicial procedure. It is an umbrella of disciplines composed of many facets and a forensic linguistic enquiry will derive from other branches of theoretical and applied linguistics in order to analyze the language of some aspect of human life which has relevance to law, whether criminal or civil. Technological intervention at various levels of such inquiries has only improved the efficiency of such analyses. Some of the major issues that are addressed in this course through various topics are: language as forensic evidence; dealing with linguistic evidence; language and the law and language of the law. This course has been designed with the dual purpose of making the graduating students aware of the interface between language, law and technology and the immense career/ research scope that lies within its ambit.

Learning Outcomes:

A student passing this module should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding:

  • of some of the texts and linguistic practices involved in legal processes;
  • of the nature and scope of forensic linguistics as a sub-discipline of applied linguistics;
  • awareness of and sensitivity to types of data and analysis within forensic linguistics;
  • of the role and responsibilities of the forensic linguistic and phonetician and other linguists who interact with legal systems.
  • Understand the different types of linguistic data that can be used as evidence.
  • Understand the potentials and limits of forensic voice identification
  • Explain, and argue for the role of language and linguistics in the legal system
  • Of the gaps in existing technology that can be redressed through innovation.

Course Outline:

Basic Linguistic Concepts: Introduction; Phonetics- Acoustic, Auditory and Articulatory Phonetics; Morphophonemics; Syntax; lexico- grammatical ambiguity; Sense relations; Linguistic Typology; Language Use in Society

Scope of Language as forensic evidence: Forensic Phonetics; speech decoding and transcripts; detecting behavior from voice; detection of deception; authorship; text as property; author- genre relationship; variation; cybercrime.

Nature of Linguistic Evidence- Forensic texts; forensic transcription; audio materials; forensic authorship; linguistic evidence in courts; case studies

Language and the law: rules of questioning; linguistic advantages and disadvantages; courtroom interpreting and translation; roles of a forensic linguist; language analysis for the determination of origin (LADO); speaker profiling; linguistic minorities and linguistic human rights; trade name and domain name disputes.

Text:

  1. Olsson, John & Luchjenbroers, June, 2017, Forensic Linguistics, New Delhi: Bloomsbury.
  2. Coulthard, Malcolm; Johnson, Alison & Wright, David, 2017, An Introduction to Forensic Linguistics- Language in Evidence, New Delhi: Routledge/ Taylor and Francis.
  3. Gibbons, John & Turell, M. Tesresa (ed.), 2008, Dimension of Forensic Linguistics, Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  4. Fromkin, Victoria & et al. (2013). An Introduction to Language. Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

References:

  1. Coulthard, Malcolm, and Johnson, Alison (2013). The Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics. Routledge (ISBN 9780415837231)
  2. Olsson, John (2012). Wordcrime. Bloomsbury (ISBN 9781441193520)
  3. Mc Menamin, Gerald R. (2002) Forensic Linguistics: Advances in Forensic Stylistics. Boca Rotan, London, New York: CRC Press.

HS331 Sociology of Development

HS331 Sociology of Development 3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites: nil

Introduction: Scientific Study of Social Life, Concept and Context of Development, Comparative Perspectives, Systems of Governance, Role of the State, Public- Rights and Responsibilities, Indian Society- Structure and Change.

Theories of Development: Classical, Modernization, World System, Dependency, Structure-Agency Integration, Colonial, and Third-World Perspectives.

Themes and Perspectives: Rural Development, Gender and Development, Public Health, Sustainable Development, Action Research, (Mal)development- Anomie, Alienation, and Fragmented Identities, Urban Migration, Social Movements, Humanizing Development through Right-Based Approach (Right to Education, Information, Food, etc.)

Text and References:

  • Gupta, D. (2010) The Caged Phoenix: Can India Fly? Palo Alto: Stanford University Press
  • Oommen, T.K. (2004) Development Discourse: Issues and Concerns New Delhi: Regency
  • Sen, A. (1999) Development as Freedom New York: Oxford
  • Shiva, V. (1988) Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Survival in India London: Zed Press.
  • Webster, A. (1984) Introduction to the Sociology of Development London: Macmillan

Eighth Semester

Fundamentals of Cognitive Science

HS421 Fundamentals of Cognitive
Science
3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites:Nil

Cognitive Science: nature, history, and major findings and applications; Philosophy of language and mind; Psycholinguistic approach to the child language and cognitive development; Linguistics and the study of language in society: language, dialects, and varieties, native speakers and language acquisition, language as a mental phenomenon vs. language as behavior; multilingualism; Artificial Intelligence: Turing Test and Chinese-Room Argument, Natural language vs. artificial language; fuzzy logic; Culture as cognitive construction, culture and society, culture and language, cognition and human evolution.

Texts and References:

  • Wilson, Robert A., & Keil, Frank C. (eds.) , The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001.
  • Bechtel, William, & Graham, George (eds.), A Companion to Cognitive Science, Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1998.
  • Cummins, Robert, & Cummins, Denise Dellarosa (eds.), Minds, Brains, and Computers: The Foundations of Cognitive Science, Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2000.
  • Rapaport, William J., "Cognitive Science", in Anthony Ralston, Edwin D. Reilly, & David Hemmendinger (eds.), Encyclopedia of Computer Science, 4th edition (New York: Grove's Dictionaries): 227-233, 2000.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

HS441 Industrial and Organizational
Psychology
3-0-0-6 Pre-requisites:Nil

Aim of the Course:

Today, many of the engineering students after passing out are joining some kind of organization. Therefore, they need to know how they will be successful as job applicants, trainees, employees, team players, and managers. This course will help them in knowing about all these and applying psychological principles in industries and organizations.

Course Contents:

Introduction: Psychology as a science of Behaviour and Mental Processes: Nature, Scope and Subject Matter of Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Time and Motion Study, Classical Hawthorne Studies.

Employer Selection: Recruitment Process; Selection Process - Job and Worker Analyses, Matching Job with the Person; Selection Methods - Application Blank, Biographical Inventories, References and Recommendation Letters, Interviews.

Psychological Testing: Characteristics of Psychological Tests; Types of Psychological Tests; Tests of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities - Interest, Aptitude and Personality Tests; Limitations of Psychological Testing Programmes.

Training and Learning: Need Identification; Psychological Factors in Learning; Training Methods in the Workplace; Effective Training Programme; Career Planning and Development.

Motivation: Needs, Incentives and Motives; Financial and Non-financial Motives; Theories of Motivation; Management of Motivation; Organizational Commitment and Job Satisfaction.

Leadership: Changing Views of Leadership; Theories of Leadership; Leadership Styles; Pole of Power in Leadership; Charismatic and Effective Leaders.

Group Behaviour:Formal and Informal Organizations in Industry; Conflicts in Organization; Resolution of the Conflicts; Decision Making Process.

Characteristics of the Workplace: Working Conditions - Physical and Psychological; Accident, Safety and Health; Management of Stress; Spirituality at Work.

Organizational Communication: Process of Communications; Upward, Downward and Horizontal Communications; Barriers to Communication; Effective Communication.

Texts and References:

  • Schultz, D. & Schultz, S. E., Psychology & Work Today: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 10th Ed., New Jersy: Prentice Hall, 2009.
  • Landy, F. J. & Conte, J. M., Work in the 21st Century: An Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 3rd Ed., New York: Wiley- Blackwell, 2009.
  • Robins, S. P. & Judge, T. A., Organizational Behaviour, 14th Ed., New Jersey, Prentice Hall, 2010.
  • Pierce G.F, Spirituality at Work: 10 Ways to Balance Your Life on the Job, 1ST Ed., Illinois, Loyola Press, 2005.

M.Tech Courses

M.Tech course in Technical Communication

HS 513 /514 Technical Communication 2 0 0 4

Objective: The course intends to train the learners in using both verbal and non-verbal communication effectively. It also exposes them to different nuances of writing effectively for various professional purposes.

Details of Course:

  1. Technical Communication Skills:Understanding the process and scope of Communication, Relevance, & Importance of Communication in a Globalized world, Forms of Communication, Role of Unity, Brevity and Clarity in various forms of communication.
  2. Types of Communication:Verbal & Non-verbal Communication, Classification of NVC, Barriers to Communication, Communicating Globally, Culture and Communication
  3. Soft Skills:Interpersonal Communication, Listening, Persuasion, Negotiation, Communicating bad news/messages, communicating in a global world.
  4. Writing Skills:Traits of Technical Writing, Principles of Business Writing, Style of Writing, Writing Memos, Letters, Reports, and Writing Research Papers
  5. Speaking Skills:Audience-awareness, Voice, Vocabulary and Paralanguage, Group Discussion, Combating Nervousness, Speaking to one and to one thousand, Mock Presentations
  6. Job Interviews:Preparing for interviews, assessing yourself, Drafting Effective Resume, Dress, decorum and Delivery techniques, Techniques of handling interviews, Use of Non-verbals during Interviews, Handling turbulence during interviews
  7. Group Discussion & Professional Presentations:Individual Presentations (Audience Awareness, Body Language, Delivery and Content of Presentation

Texts and References:

  1. Sharon Gerson and Steven Gerson. Technical Writing: Process and Product (8th Edition), London: Longman, 2013
  2. Rentz, Kathryn, Marie E. Flatley & Paula Lentz. Lesikar’s Business Communication Connecting in a Digital world, McGraw-Hill, Irwin.2012
  3. Allan & Barbara Pease. The Definitive Book of Body Language,New York, Bantam,2004
  4. Jones, Daniel. The Pronunciation of English, New Delhi, Universal Book Stall.2010
  5. Sharma, Sangeeta & Mishra, Binod. Communication Skills for Engineers and Scientists, New Delhi: PHI Learning, 2009, rpt 2012

M.Sc Courses

M.Sc course in Economics

HS 504 Econometrics 3 0 0 6

Pre-requisite:Students opting for this course should have completed some undergraduate level courses on economics (HS 201 and HS 202) and basic statistic.

Introduction: To provide students with the capacity to understand and apply some of the methodologies available for applied research in economics and aid them in analysis and decision making.

Unit 1.Introduction to econometrics, steps in empirical economic analysis

Unit 2.Bivariate Analysis and Applications, Simple Regression

Unit 3.Multiple Linear Regression - OLS Asymptotics, BLUE, Heteroscedasticity, Multicollinearity, Autocorrelation

Unit 4.Regression Analysis with Economic time Series data

Unit 5.Pooling Cross Sections across Time: Simple Panel Data Methods

Unit 6.Instrumental Variables Estimation and Two Stage Least Squares

Suggested Readings

  • G.S. Maddala and Kajal Lahiri, Introduction to Econometrics, 4th Edition. Wiley.
  • Bhaumik, Sankar Kumar (2011), Principles of Econometrics, Oxford University Press.
  • Dougherty, Christopher, Introduction to Econometrics, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press.
  • Wooldridge, J. M. (2012), Introductory Econometrics – A Modern Approach, 5th Edition, Cengage.
  • Baltagi, B., (1995), Econometric Analysis of Panel Data, Fourth Edition,
  • Wooldridge, J. M. (2006), Econometric Analysis of Cross Section and Panel Data, 6th Edition, Cengage.
  • Hsiao, Cheng (2003), Analysis of Panel Data, Cambridge University Press.

Ph.D. Courses

Ph.D. course in Economics

HS 504 Econometrics 3 0 0 6

Pre-requisite:Students opting for this course should have completed some undergraduate level courses on economics (HS 201 and HS 202) and basic statistic.

Introduction:To provide students with the capacity to understand and apply some of the methodologies available for applied research in economics and aid them in analysis and decision making.

Unit 1.Introduction to econometrics, steps in empirical economic analysis

Unit 2.Bivariate Analysis and Applications, Simple Regression

Unit 3.Multiple Linear Regression - OLS Asymptotics, BLUE, Heteroscedasticity, Multicollinearity, Autocorrelation

Unit 4.Regression Analysis with Economic time Series data

Unit 5.Pooling Cross Sections across Time: Simple Panel Data Methods

Unit 6.Instrumental Variables Estimation and Two Stage Least Squares

Suggested Readings

  • G.S. Maddala and Kajal Lahiri, Introduction to Econometrics, 4th Edition. Wiley.
  • Bhaumik, Sankar Kumar (2011), Principles of Econometrics, Oxford University Press.
  • Dougherty, Christopher, Introduction to Econometrics, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press.
  • Wooldridge, J. M. (2012), Introductory Econometrics – A Modern Approach, 5th Edition, Cengage.
  • Baltagi, B., (1995), Econometric Analysis of Panel Data, Fourth Edition,
  • Wooldridge, J. M. (2006), Econometric Analysis of Cross Section and Panel Data, 6th Edition, Cengage.
  • Hsiao, Cheng (2003), Analysis of Panel Data, Cambridge University Press.
HS 701 Growth Development and Public Policy 3 0 0 6

Introduction to Growth and development, Government, markets and public policy, Welfare Economics, (The concept of Welfare, Equality, Inequality and Efficiency, Welfare and Public Policy), Poverty and Inequality, Benefits from Economic Development, Endogenous Growth and Technological Change, Growth Models (Nurkse Model, Rosenstein-Rodan Model and Solow-Swan growth model,) Trade ( Traditional trade theories ,New Trade Theory), Political Economy: Liberalisation and Deregulation, The Aid Question

Texts:

  • J. Stiglitz and J. Driffill, Economics, New York: W.W. Norton & Company Ltd, (2000)
  • P. A. Samuelson and W. Nordhaus, Economics, New Delhi: Tata M.Hill, (2005)

References:

  • W. Easterly, The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics, Cambridge: MIT Press, (2002)
  • S. E. Rhoads, The Economists View of the World: Government, Markets and Public Policy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (1985)
  • J. E. Stiglitz , Economics of the Public Sector, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, (2000)
  • K. R. Paul and O. Maurice, International Economics: Theory and Policy, London: Pearson Addison Wesley,(2008)
  • A. Sen and J. Drèze, Development and Participation, New Delhi: Oxford,(2005)

Ph.D. course in English

Representation of Gender in Literature

HS711 Representation of Gender in Literature 3 0 0 6

Theoretical concepts: Gender as a construct; gender socialization and polarization; relationship between gender and class, caste, race, location and ideology; concepts Écriture feminine, phallocenrism, androcentrism and biological essentialism; theories of gender and feminism; influences on gender theories – Michelle Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Simone de Beauvoir, Judith Butler, Elaine Showalter, Toril Moi; criticism of gender theories; concept of culture - high and low culture; women in various sources of popular culture: mass media, television, advertising, icons; textual representation: rebels or stereotypes; gender and society; Virginia Woolf: negotiating gendered space; Thomas Hardy: the ‘new woman’, Hardy’s relation to gender roles; Krupabai Satthianadhan: the ‘new woman’ in India, women and patriotism; Bapsi Sidhwa: violence against women; Chitra Bannerji Divakharuni: women in the Indian diasporas.

Texts:

  • V. Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, New Delhi: UBSPD, (1998)
  • T. Hardy, Tess of the D’urbervilles, New Delhi: OUP, (2004)
  • K. Satthianadhan, Saguna, New Delhi: OUP, (1998)
  • B. Sidhwa, Water, New Delhi: Penguin India, (2004)
  • C. D. Bannerji, The Lives of Strangers, London: Abacus, (2007)

References:

  • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, London: Vintage Books, (1989)
  • Anjana Sharma, Frankenstein: Interrogating Gender, Culture and Identity, New Delhi: Macmillan, (2004)
  • Jon Simons, Contemporary Critical Theorists, New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers and Distributors Pvt. Ltd., (2005)
  • C.T. Mohanty, Feminism without Borders, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, (2003)
  • Kum-kum Bhavnani, Feminist Futures-Reimaging Indian Women, Culture and Development, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, (2003)

English for Research Skills

HS 712 English for Research Skills 2 0 0 4

Structure of Modern English: Sound Patterns of English (places and manners of articulation of English sounds), Structure of Words (Phonotactic Rules), Architecture of English Sentences (Uses of Parts of Speech, Lexical and Inflectional Categories), Stress Patterns, Intonations

Reading skills:Newspapers editorials of The Hindu, The Statesman, The New York Times and The Washington Post; Featured stories of magazines such as Economic and Political Weekly, The Time and The Frontline, Short stories, and Novels

Listening skills:Listening to British Broadcasting Corporation, All India Radio (Audio), CNN and MSNBC TV, BBC TV (Audio-Visual), Parts of Documentaries (Story of English, Why we fight, The Corporation etc.), and Feature Films (No man’s land, Gandhi; Schindler’s list)

Speaking: In class presentations and group work

Writing: Short essays, journals, Short paper

Texts:

  • A. Radford, An Introduction to English Sentence Structure, Delhi: CUP (2009)

References:

  • M.K. Gandhi, Indian Home Rule (English translation of Hind Swaraj) Selected Essays, Ahmedabad: Navjivan Publishing House, (1938)
  • J. Delin, Language of Instruction’ in The Language of Everyday Life, Sage Publications, (2000)
  • A. Sen, West and Anti-West’ in ‘Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny, New Delhi: Penguin, (2006)
  • A. Sen, Food and freedom, World Development, Elsevier, vol. 17(6), pp 769-781, (1989)
  • T. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolution, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (1962)
  • J. Heller, Catch 22, New York: Simon & Schuster, (1996)
  • S. Hawking, A Brief History of Time, New York: Bantam Dell Publishing Group, (1998)
  • C. Dickens, Hard Times, London: Cambridge Publishing Co Pvt Ltd, (2004)
HS 513 /514 Technical Communication 2 0 0 4

Objective:The course intends to train the learners in using both verbal and non-verbal communication effectively. It also exposes them to different nuances of writing effectively for various professional purposes.

Details of Course:

  1. Technical Communication Skills:Understanding the process and scope of Communication, Relevance, & Importance of Communication in a Globalized world, Forms of Communication, Role of Unity, Brevity and Clarity in various forms of communication.
  2. Types of Communication:Verbal & Non-verbal Communication, Classification of NVC, Barriers to Communication, Communicating Globally, Culture and Communication
  3. Soft Skills: Interpersonal Communication, Listening, Persuasion, Negotiation, Communicating bad news/messages, communicating in a global world.
  4. Writing Skills:Traits of Technical Writing, Principles of Business Writing, Style of Writing, Writing Memos, Letters, Reports, and Writing Research Papers
  5. Speaking Skills: Audience-awareness, Voice, Vocabulary and Paralanguage, Group Discussion, Combating Nervousness, Speaking to one and to one thousand, Mock Presentations
  6. Job Interviews: Preparing for interviews, assessing yourself, Drafting Effective Resume, Dress, decorum and Delivery techniques, Techniques of handling interviews, Use of Non-verbals during Interviews, Handling turbulence during interviews
  7. Group Discussion & Professional Presentations:Individual Presentations (Audience Awareness, Body Language, Delivery and Content of Presentation

Texts and References:

  1. Sharon Gerson and Steven Gerson. Technical Writing: Process and Product (8th Edition), London: Longman, 2013
  2. Rentz, Kathryn, Marie E. Flatley & Paula Lentz. Lesikar’s Business Communication Connecting in a Digital world, McGraw-Hill, Irwin.2012
  3. Allan & Barbara Pease. The Definitive Book of Body Language,New York, Bantam,2004
  4. Jones, Daniel. The Pronunciation of English, New Delhi, Universal Book Stall.2010
  5. Sharma, Sangeeta & Mishra, Binod. Communication Skills for Engineers and Scientists, New Delhi: PHI Learning, 2009, rpt 2012
HS715 Modern Short Fiction in English 3-0-0-6

Aim of the Course: Story telling is as old as human civilization and short fiction is one of the most important means through which human relationships have built and developed themselves in society. This course looks at Short Fiction as a specific category in literature with its own peculiar characteristics. While the course will look into the various themes of the stories listed below, it will also closely study the form as well as the various literary devices employed by the authors. While analyzing the short stories, each story will be contextualized in the time, history and locale in which it is written as well as in the biographical trajectory of the author. The course proposes to undertake a close reading of these short stories aiming to develop a comprehensive understanding of short fiction as a distinct genre in literature with its own specific forms of perceiving and registering reality in all its varied manifestations. The selection of stories is especially designed to offer a wide range of themes as well as forms. The writers belong to different countries; hence the present selection almost serves as a window to the literature of other countries. The stories have been chosen from Indian, British, American, Russian and other World literatures.

Content of the course:

Unit- 1: Indian Literature

R K Narayan- An Astrologer's Day

Ruskin Bond- The Kite Maker

Mulk Raj Anand- Why Does the Child Cry

Bharati Mukherjee- Nostalgia

Shashi Deshpande- It was Dark

Jhumpa Lahiri- Interpreter of Maladies

Unit -2: British Literature

D H Lawrence- The Horse Dealer’s Daughter

Virginia Woolf- The Mark on the Wall

James Joyce- Araby

Joseph Conrad- The Secret Sharer

H G Wells- Jimmy Goggles the God

Unit -3: American Literature

Edgar Allen Poe- The Tell-Tale Heart

Nathaniel Hawthorne- The Ambitious Guest

O Henry- The Last Leaf

Mark Twain- The Secret Revealed

Langston Hughes- Thank you Ma'm

Unit-4: Russian Literature

Leo Tolstoy- God Sees the Truth but Waits

Fyodor Dostoevsky- The Christmas tree and the Wedding

Anton Chekhov- The Lament/ The Grief

Nikolai Gogol- The Overcoat/ The Cloak

Ivan Turgenev- The District Doctor

Unit-5: Other World Literature

Franz Kafka- A Hunger Artist

Guy de Maupassant- The Thief

Katherine Mansfield- The Little Girl

Thomas Mann- A Man and His Dog

Samuel Beckett- First Love

Chinua Achebe- Civil Peace

Saadat Hasan Manto-Toba Tek Singh

Text and References:

  • Einhaus, Ann-Marie. (2016) The Cambridge Companion to the English Short Story. Cambridge University Press India Pvt. Ltd.: New York
  • Abrams, M H and Geoffrey Galt (2013). A Glossary of Literary Terms (11th edition). Cengage Learning, USA.
  • Fatma, Gulnaz (2012). A Short History of the Short Story: Western and Asian Traditions. Modern History Press, an imprint of Loving Healing Press, USA.
  • Sacido, Jorge. (2012) Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Short Story in English. Rodopi Publishers: New York.
  • Hunter, Adrian (2007). The Cambridge Introduction to the Short Story in English. Cambridge University Press India Pvt. Ltd.: New Delhi.
  • Fallon, Erin, R.C. Feddersen, James Kurtzleben, Maurice A. Lee, Susan Rochette-Crawley (2001). A Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English. Routledge: New York.

Post-Independence Censorship in India: Laws and Literature

HS717 (tentative) 3 0 0 6 Pre-requisites- Nil

Objective of the course:

“Post-Independence Censorship in India: Laws and Literature” is primarily meant for research scholars. The course will help them to learn and evolve an understanding of issues which became crucial or decisive to censoring or ban in India. It attempts to familiarize them with the ever-growing corpus of literary and cultural texts which faced ban, either partially or completely. Being a diverse country, India is home to different religions, languages, castes and ideologies however, despite its heterogeneous and secular construct, it has been hovered with censoring agents and their own strategies of control. Therefore, the course would seek to examine the socio-political dynamics in these writings with a view to understanding and appreciating the cultural sensitivity of India’s kaleidoscopic layers and reception of the literary-cultural artefacts of our society. This course intends to bring in the discussion and debates on defining censorship and rationale behind censoring/banning of literary and cultural texts. It also aims to highlight the complex relations between power, control and the act of reading.

Unit 1: Censorship: Essential concepts (Global and Indian context)

  • Freedom of Speech, Fundamentalism and Social Censorship
  • Dissent and Democracy
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Religion and Nationalism

Unit 2: Censorship and the Constitution of India

  • India’s sedition law (Indian Penal Code: Section 124A)
  • Religion and Indian Constitution (Indian Penal Code: Section 295, 153A and 153B)
  • Obscenity and Indecent Representation of Women (Indian Penal Code: Section 292)
  • Contours of Internet regulation (Information Technology Act, 2000 and Freedom on the Net 2017 report)

Unit 3: Censorship in Regional Languages

  • One Part Woman (Penguin, 2015) by Perumal Murugan (originally written in Tamil as Maadhorubaagan in 2010, English translation by Aniruddhan Vasudevan)
  • It Rained all Night (Penguin, 2010) by Buddhadeva Bose (originally written in Bengali as Raat Bhore Brishti in 1967, English translation by Clinton B Seeley)

Unit 4: Banning Texts in English

  • The Adivasi will not Dance (Speaking Tiger Publishing Private Limited, 2011) by Hansda Sowvendra Shekar
  • The Hindus: An Alternative History (Oxford University Press, 2010) by Wendy Doniger
  • Three Hundred Ramayanas (Oxford University Press, 2004) by A.K. Ramanujan
  • The Satanic Verses (St Martin’s Press, 1988) by Salman Rushdie

Unit 5: Censorship and Cultural Texts

  • Padmaavat ( 2018) by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
  • Aligarh, the movie (2015) by Hansal Mehta
  • Fire (1996) by Deepa Mehta
  • Ore Oru Gramathile (transl. Once upon a time in a Village) is a 1989 Tamil-language by K. Jyothi Pandian

Text Books:

  • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, London: Vintage Books, (1989)
  • Anjana Sharma, Frankenstein: Interrogating Gender, Culture and Identity, New Delhi: Macmillan, (2004)
  • Jon Simons, Contemporary Critical Theorists, New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers and Distributors Pvt. Ltd., (2005)
  • C.T. Mohanty, Feminism without Borders, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, (2003)
  • Kum-kum Bhavnani, Feminist Futures-Reimaging Indian Women, Culture and Development, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, (2003)

Reference Books:

  • Abhinav Chandrachud. Republic of Rhetoric: Free Speech and the Constitution of India. Penguin 2017
  • Brinda Bose. Gender and Censorship. Women Unlimited (Kali for Women), 2006
  • Girja Kumar. The Book on Trial: Fundamentalism and Censorship in India. Har-Anand Publications, 1997
  • Mini Chandran, The Writer, the Reader and the State: Literary Censorship in India. SAGE, 2017
  • Rajeev Dhavan. Publish and Be Damned – Censorship and Intolerance in India. Tulika Books, 2008
  • Raminder Kaur and William Mazzarella. Censorship in South Asia: Cultural Regulation from Sedition to Seduction. Taylor & Francis, 2012
  • S Irfan Habib. Indian Nationalism: The Essential Writings. Aleph Book Company, 2017

Ph.D. course in Linguistics

Current Trends in Linguistic Theory

HS 721 Current Trends in Linguistic Theory 3 0 0 6

Pre-Generative Era; Different stages of principles and parameter framework (Aspects, Standard Theory, Government and Binding Theory): Basic Linguistic Questions; Implicit Knowledge; Innateness; Knowledge of Language; Problems of Language Acquisition; Words and Syntactic Categories; Phrase Structure Rules; Ambiguity and Structural Relations and Trees; Binding Theory; Case Theory; Expletives and Theta Roles; The internal structure of XPs; Head Movement; DP Movement; Wh-Movement, Minimalist Program.

Texts:

  • F. J Newmeyer, Generative linguistics: a historical perspective, New York: Routledge, (1996)
  • A. Carnie, Syntax: a generative introduction, Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, (2007)

References:

  • F. J. Newmeyer, The History of Linguistics, Washington, DC: Linguistic Society of America (2005)
  • V. J. Cook, Mark Newson, Chomsky's universal grammar: an introduction, Edition: 2, New York: Wiley Blackwell,(1996)
  • M. R. Baltin, Chris Collins, The handbook of contemporary syntactic theory, New York: Wiley-Blackwell, (2001)

Trends in Applied Linguistics

HS 725 Trends in Applied Linguistics 3 0 0 6

This course has been designed for research scholars. Applied Linguistics is concerned with practical issues involving language in the life of human community. Some of the major issues that are addressed under this are the pedagogy involved in second or foreign language learning, language policy, multilingualism, language education and discourse. This course has been designed with the dual purpose of making the research scholars aware of the current trends in Applied Linguistics and also to make them aware of the immense scope of research in these areas.

Language Pedagogy: Introduction; Methodology Vs Methods; Structural Methods, Functional Methods, Interactive Methods; Use of Technology in Language Education; ELT- Changing Trends.

Language Acquisition:Difference between acquisition and learning, First Language Acquisition and Second Language Acquisition, Approaches of language acquisition studies, Language Acquisition and Brain; English as Second Language and English as Foreign Language, Concept of Interference.

Language in Society: Speech Communities and Ethnocentrism; Bilingualism and Multilingualism; Language in Contact; Language Variation; Language Varieties; language and power; language and culture Role and limitations of English in India; Linguistic Imperialism.

Language Planning and Policy Making: Concept of Speech Community; Language Ideology; Planning Goals; Types of Language Planning; Language Regulators; Natural Languages and Auxiliary Languages.

Discourse Studies: Meaning of discourse and its types; critical and pragmatic approaches to discourse; utterance and discourse; role of discourse in profession; Classroom Discourse; Institutional discourse; English for Academic Purpose.

Text and References:

  • Tomlinson, Brian (ed.) 2013, Applied Linguistics and Materials Development, New Delhi: Bloomsbury.
  • Fishman, Joshua A., 1970, Sociolinguistics: A brief Introduction, Newbury House Language Series.
  • Simpson, James (ed.) 2011, The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics, London: Routledge.
  • Crystal, D. and Varley, R (4th edition) 2004, Introduction to Language Pathology, London; Whurr Publishers Ltd.

Ph.D. course in Sociology

Social Research Design and Practice

HS731 Social Research Design and Practice 3 0 0 6

Knowledge and Power, Fundamentals of Research, Problem Formulation, Resource Survey

Qualitative Research: Interviews, Narratives, Ethnography, Focus Group, Action Research, Hermeneutics, Semiotics, Discourse Analysis, Archival Research, and Visual Methods

Quantitative Research: Surveys, Experimental Methods, Content Analysis, Data Organization and Analysis, Use of Statistics tools and Computer Software(s)

Mixed Methods, Comparative Strategies, Post-formalism, Bricolage, Crystallization

Ethics of Research, Social Responsibility and Public Outreach, Research Report

Suggested Readings:

  • Denzin, Norman K and Y. S. Lincoln (2005) Handbook of Qualitative Research (4th edition) New Delhi: Sage
  • Heley, Joseph. F. (2004) Statistics: A tool for Social Research Belonont, CA: Thomson Wadswort
  • Kincheloe, J. L., S. Steinberg, and P. H. Hinchey (eds.) (1999) The Post- Formal Reader: Cognition and Education New York and London: Falmer
  • Palys, T. and Atchison, C. (2008) Research decisions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives (4th edition) Scarborough, ON: Nelson
  • Sarding, Sandra. (1998) Is Science Multicultural? Postcolonialisms, Feminism, and Epistemologies Bloomington and Indianpolis: Indiana University Press

Sociology of Education

HS732 Sociology of Education 3 0 0 6

Relevant Theories:

Functionalism, Cultural Reproduction, Symbolic Interactions, Feminism, Alternatives, and “Post”-Theories.

Themes and Perspectives:

Socialization- Family and Community, State- Ideology and Policies, School as a System, Schooling as a Process, Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Evaluation, Media Literacy, Diversity and Difference

Education and Society in India:

Historical Legacy and Social Context, Modernization and Education, Equality and Equity, Links- Basic and Higher Education, Science, Technology and Education, Transnationalism and Education, Educational Revolution in India- Right to Education, Quantitative Growth and Quality Discourse.

Suggested Readings:

  • Apple, M. W. (2004) Ideology and Curriculum (Third Edition) New York and London: RoutledgeFalmer
  • Burbules, N. C. and C. A. Torres (2000) Globalization and Education: Critical Perspectives New York and London: Routledge
  • Chanana, K. (2004) Transformative Links Between Higher and Basic Education: Mapping the Field New Delhi: Sage
  • Freire, P. (2005) Pedagogy of the Oppressed (30th Anniversary Edition) New York and London: Continuum
  • Halsey, A.H. et.al. (1961). Education, Economy and Society: A Reader in Sociology of Education, New York: Free Press.
  • Macedo, D. and S. Steinberg (2007) Media Literacy: A Reader New York: Peter Lang

Theories of Knowing in Contemporary Society

HS734 Theories of Knowing in Contemporary Society 3 0 0 6

Aim of the course:

This course will deal with different ways of knowing and will span epistemologies from different traditions, historical time and space, and discourses. Theoretical mooring along with the worldliness will be addressed for how it implicates “knowing” and what it means for social processes of being in the world. Attempt will be made for synchronizing between the world as given and the world as intended, disembodied and situated epistemologies, and between “I am” and “I think” binaries of human subjectivities. We will be committed to “thinking thought itself” along with the relationship between the places in which people live and the spaces in which they think. Needless to say, we will explore different ways of knowing in relation to community, agency, identity, access to, and engagement with, new technologies, as well as possibilities of civic engagement and social justice in a multitude of social context.

Contents of the course:

Power- Knowledge-Public: Centrality of “will” to knowledge and, thereby, control for progress and development in contemporary neo-liberal, transnational, and new imperial society.

Public-CounterPublic-Public Engagement: Diverse processes of comprehending the social reality and engaging the public including colonial and contemporary governmentality using technology and new media interface.

Digital Culture- Citizenship- Open Access: Problematic of citizenship configuration for national and sub-national identity and resistance along with increasing use of digital culture and open access of open sources.

Ontology- Epistemology-Methodology: Linking everyday social experiences and the centrality of “knowing” as per the “being” of the subject and the aspirations of “doing”

Globalism-Education-Identity: Pertinent issues of contemporary society where globalism serves the nexus of new identity repertoire for education and configures (as Eliot would) that “ it is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view”

Text and references:

  • James E. C. & J. W. Petras (1970) The Sociology of Knowledge: A Reader London: Duckworth
  • Foucault, M. (1989) The Archaeology of Knowledge New York: Routledge
  • Willinsky, J. (1999) Technologies of Knowing: A Proposal of the Human Sciences Boston: Beacon Press
  • Radhakrishnan, R. (2008) History, Human, and the World Between Durham: Duke University Press
  • Lyotard, J. (1984) The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press

NB-additional reading materials will be suggested during the course.


HSS PhD elective. Course instructor- Dr Aditya Raj

Ph.D. course in HR

Organizational Behaviour

HS751 Organizational Behaviour 3 0 0 6

Introduction:
Foundations of Individual Behaviour, Diversity in Organizations, Trends, Challenges & Opportunities, OB Model

The Individual
Attitudes, Emotions & moods, Personality & Values, Perception and Individual decision making, Motivation: Concepts, Theories & Applications

The Group
Foundations of group behavior, Understanding work teams, communication, leadership, power & politics, conflict & negotiation, foundations of organizational structure

The Organization System
Organizational Culture, organization change & stress management

Text & References:

  • Robbins, S. P., Judge, T. A. & Vohra, N. (2013). Organisational Behaviour. 15th Edition, Pearson Education.
  • Luthans, F. (2010). Organisational Behaviour. 12th Ed. McGraw-Hill Publishing.
  • McShane, S.L., VonGlinow, M. A., & Sharma, R.R. (2011). Organizational Behavior, 5th Edition, Tata McGraw-Hill Education Pvt. Ltd.
  • Blanchard, K.H., Hersey, P. and Johnson, D.E., (2008). Management of Organizational Behavior: Leading Human Resources. 9th Edition. PHI Learning.
HS752 Sourcing & Managing Talent 3 0 0 6

Course objective

This course, carrying forward the concepts learnt in the previous course “Managing and Developing People (OB)” is therefore designed to focus on practical applications that all managers need to manage their HR-related responsibilities, as also students aspiring to a career as a HR professional. The course will introduce the basics of strategic HR planning and forecasting while dealing with important concepts, processes, and tools in recruitment and selection. It deals with the shift in the paradigm in HRM from administrative to strategic function. It will also focus on understanding the importance of job analysis in effective recruitment and selection. The course will give practical information on various challenges faced during forecasting, recruitment and selection in today`s world of globalization. It provides interesting and practical insights on how to link the planning and staffing function to talent management in the organization.

This course requires an analytical ability to understand the concepts and a keen eye for observing how people management policies and practices affect organizational working. The sessions would comprise of Lectures, Practical examples, Case Discussions, Films, Experiential Exercises, Videos, and Project Work.

By the end of the course, students will have developed a broad understanding about:

  • The importance of sourcing talent and role of HRM in an organization’s strategic plans
  • Contemporary trends in HRM
  • The manager’s role in strategic HRM
  • Building high performance work systems
  • HR planning and recruitment
  • Developing employees
  • Training, appraising, compensating, talent management
  • Managing Performance of employees

Course Content

Strategy, forecasting, planning and people – HR and its contribution to strategy, from manpower planning to strategic human resource forecasting. The strategic human resource forecast – components, developing strategic options, creating HR scenarios, assessing HR demand and supply, assessing cultural implications, gap analysis.

The Human resource plan: Components of the human resource plan, quantitative human resource plan, the resourcing plan

Competency Mapping: Approaches of competency mapping, Process of competency mapping, Preparing organization for competency mapping, identifying job function for competency mapping, collecting data for job descriptions,

HR Budgeting: Estimating and assigning costs to plan data, creating an HR budget for the organization.

Staffing

Recruitment - Concept - Factors Affecting Recruitment – Sources of recruitment -Methods and Techniques - Recruitment Policies - Assessment of Recruitment Program, Selection - Procedure - Policy - Essentials of Selection Procedure - Steps in the Selection Procedure – Selection Tests – Psychological Testing, Selection Interview: Process including reference check and medical examination.-Placement and induction

Competency-Based HRM applications: competency-based recruitment and selection, hiring plan, assessment tools, selection fitment, on boarding, induction

Training & Development

Training & Development: Introduction, Training Process, Training Need Analysis, Systematic Approach to Training, Types of Training and Development, Training Evaluation

Talent Management: Evolution of Talent Management, Developing a Talent Strategy interwoven with the Company Business Strategy, Assessment Processes: Capabilities as the corner stone of Talent Management, classification of competencies leading, To an Integrated System of Talent Management, Performance Management, & Reward Systems.

Issues of Talent Deployment: career planning and management, succession planning and its purpose, criticality etc., The Nine Box Talent Matrix by Vanhecke & Bekaert of McKinsey’, The Nine Box Matrix of Talents of GE developed for Jack Welch, Processes of engagement, talent management responsibilities at every level.

Contemporary Issues: HR Accounting, International HRM, HR Analytics, HRIS, Business Process Outsourcing, Right Sizing of Workforce

INDICATIVE READING LIST - Key Texts and Sources

Text books

  • Human Resources Forecasting and Planning- Paul Turner
  • Recruitment and Selection by Gareth Roberts
  • Competency-Based Human Resource Management by Srinivas R. Kandula, PHI Learning Pvt. Limited, 2013
  • “The Value of Talent: Promoting Talent Management across the Organization” by Janice Caplan, Publisher: Kogan Page, London, Philadelphia & New Delhi, 2011

References:

  • Human Resource Management: Garry Dessler. Biju Varkkey, Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Strategic HR Planning by Monica Belcourt
  • Planning and Managing HR- William J. Rothwell
  • Human Resources Management –Tenth Edition- Mathais & Jackson
  • Fundamentals of HRM -2nd Edition- Noe/ Hollenback/Gerhart/ Wright
  • Personnel Management -6th Edition – Edwin Flippo ( Mc Graw Hill)
  • Hiring Smart for Competitive Advantage - Harvard Press

Ph.D. course in Public Health

Population and Public Health

HS733 Population and Public Health 3 0 0 6 Pre-requisites: Nil

Aim of the course:

The main aim of this course is to acquaint students with the concepts, theories, methods, and debates that underpin population and public health research. The course covers a wide range of topics including the introduction to population health paradigms, the history of public health, and critical debates in population and public health. The course will thus emphasize on concepts of population and public health, fundamentals of public health strategies including health promotion, public policy, disease prevention, communication in health, and behaviour change in everyday lives of people.

Contents of the course:

Text and references: