|Course Type||Course Code||No. Of Credits|
School of Undergraduate Studies
Programme Type (Professional/Liberal/Research/ etc.)
Level (Pre-doctoral/MA/PG Diploma/UG/Certificate)
Proposed date of launch
Programme coordinator and team
Dr Amit Singh, Dr BhoomikaMeiling, Dr Bodh Prakash, Dr Diamond Oberoi Vahali, Dr KopalAhlawat, Dr Sanju Thomas, Mr Sayandeb Chowdhury, Dr Usha Mudiganti, Dr Vikram Singh Thakur (PC)
1.Specific requirements on the part of students who can be admitted (Qualifications; prior knowledge level; any others – please specify):Should have passed Class XII , with at least 65% marks in English. English must be included in the “best of four” subjects.
2.Entrance process (test, interview, cut-offs, etc.):Cut-off
3.No. of students to be admitted (with justification if lower than usual cohort size is proposed):As per SUS norms
4.Programme scheduling (semesters; years; whether includes inter-semester breaks or not; etc.): Semesters
5.What are the intended aims of the programme? :The BA Honours in English introduces students to all aspects of the study of literature. The study of literature will be considered as the entry point for students to critically examine the worlds they inhabit.There is a deliberate attempt to move away from a study of canonical and period-wise British literature. Along with literature written in English, the programme has a strong component of translations into English of Indian and some other significant literatures across the world. The programme challenges the conventional idea of a literary text and trains students to consider cinema, songs, oral stories and paintings also as texts, which can be read from a literary perspective.
6.How does the programme link with the vision of AUD? :Keeping in view AUD’s larger objectives of engaged scholarship and concern with margins, this Programme aims to deepen the interaction of the students with the larger issues of our times and society. Literature would be taken as the point of departure for an engagement with social concerns.
7.How is the proposed programme positioned vis-à- vis the programmatic scheme envisaged for the School at its inception? How does the programme link with other programme(s) of the School? The approach of the Programme is inter-disciplinary in the hope that students majoring in English will develop a holistic perspective not only of literature but also of other related disciplines such as history, psychology, sociology, and gender studies. Students from other disciplines who take English courses bring new perspectives to reading literature and this helps in an exchange of ideas and more meaningful discussions in class.
8.Does the programme connect to, build on or overlap with any other programmes offered in the University? Is it offered in collaboration with any School/Centre at AUD (if yes, please specify the nature of collaboration)? Many of the courses are linked to MA English and CLTS courses offered by the School of Letters. A bilingual course is on offer in collaboration with Hindi faculty. Other than this, faculty from History, Sociology and Psychology are invited for occasional lectures to give a multi-dimensional perspective to students
9.How is it positioned in relation to other similar programmes in the field? Similar programmes in the field still offer predominantly British literature courses. BA Honours in English in AUD has decided to dismantle this hierarchy and seeks to decolonize literary studies. Therefore, while there are courses on British literature, many more courses focus on world literature in English translation.
10Is there a sufficiently defined body of knowledge and literature to support the programme? Yes.
11.A. What are the program specific graduate attributes?
b.What are the professional trajectories that the graduates of the programme may pursue?Many of the students opt to do a BEd or an MA after a BA in English. Since English as a discipline is interdisciplinary and the BA programme at AUD is broad-based students can also choose to go for Masters in other disciplines such as Psychology, History, Sociology, Gender Studies and so on. Students can also take up jobs in publishing, journalism, advertisement, public relations, technical writing, technical editing, etc.
12.Are there sufficient in-house faculty resources available for the programme? If not, please provide an estimate of additional faculty resources required.Yes. There is a sufficient in-house faculty resources available for the programme though the programme would benefit immensely if additional faculty expertise in the areas of Linguistics and English Language Education is provided. The programme would be strengthened further if there is more faculty to offer electives.
13.Rationale for the nomenclature of the programme As per the decision of the School, and as per the conventional nomenclature.
Concept (attach concept note, if needed): The BA Honours in English will introduce students to all aspects of the study of literature. Along with literature written in English, the course will have a strong component of translations into English of Indian and some other literatures across the world. The study of literature will be considered as the entry point for students to critically examine the worlds they inhabit. Keeping in view AUD’s larger objectives of engaged scholarship and concern with margins, this Programme aims to deepen the interaction of the students with the larger issues of our times and society.
The approach of the Programme is inter-disciplinary to facilitate a holistic perspective not only of literature but also of other related disciplines such as history, psychology, sociology and gender studies. Of the 96 credits required to get the degree a student has to acquire a minimum of 48 credits (12 courses) through discipline-based electives. Each of these courses will be worth 4 credits. Students will be required to choose a requisite number of courses from a range of English discipline courses offered in significant areas of study. The English courses are designed to familiarize the students with the major genres of literature such as epic, drama, poetry, novel, novella, short story, non-fiction, song, lyric and film. Along with giving the students a thorough grounding in the study of literature, students will be introduced to the study of literary and cultural forms, initiate them into the study of literary theory and applied criticism, and expose them to the diverse linguistic and literary expressions existing in our society. Some elective courses will also introduce students to the ways in which literature converses with other art forms and other areas of study within the domain of social science and humanities.
B. Objectives:The programme will enable students to appreciate literature, and its relevance and interventional ability. It will help develop in students a critical mind that can question and analyse. Students will also be exposed to various genres and forms of literature across the world, written over centuries.
C. Program outcomes:The graduate students will be able to:
D.Overall structure (programme template with course organisation, course titles, credits, etc.):
BA Honours in English follow an all elective structure. Students are expected to do 96 credits out of which a minimum of 48 credits should be of English discipline.
Discipline Elective (with code)
SUS1EN231Introduction to Indian and World Literatures
SUS1EN232 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Forms
(Any two to be offered)
SUS1EN233 Literatures of the Renaissance
SUS1EN234 Greek Drama
SUS1EN237 The Romantic Age
SUS1EN238 The Epic
SUS1EN258 Modern Short Fiction and Novellas
(Any four to be offered)
SUS1EN235 Literatures of the Indian Sub-continent
SUS1EN235 American Literature
SUS1EN240 Political Speeches and Writings by Literary Writers
SUS1EN244 Contemporary Indian Drama
SUS1EN248 Comedy: Not just for Laughs
SUS1EN252 Voice of Dissent: Bhakti Poetry
(Any four to be offered)
SUS1EN239 Postcolonial Literatures
SUS1EN241Modern Movements in the Arts
SUS1EN243 Study of English Language
SUS1EN254Realism and the Novel
SUS1EN248Comedy: Not Just for Laughs!
(Any four to be offered)
SUS1EN245 Tragedy Down the Ages
SUS1EN246 Literature and Cinema
SUS1EN260 The Victorian Age through Poetry and Painting
SUS1EN261 Approaches and Theories of Language Learning
SUS1EN263 Folk, Oral, Indigenous and Popular Cultures
SUS1EN269 Retellings of Ramayana
(Any four to be offered)
SUS1EN255 Understanding Cinema
SUS1EN256 Introduction to Literary Theory
SUS1EN257 Written for Children and Young Adults
SUS1EN262 Mahabharat and its Modern Renderings in Fiction, Film and Drama
SUS1EN264 Issues of Gender in Literary Texts
SUS1EN266 Literary Translation in India: Process, Poetics and Politics
SUS1EN272 Modern World Drama
Signature of Programme Coordinator(s)/Convenor(s)
Recommendation of the School of Studies:
Signature of the Dean of the School