General Education Program

General Education Program

Course Code: CSE 101
Course Title: Introduction to Computer Studies
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:Information Technology is very necessary for modern life. Computing is not limited to Computer Programmers and Computer Engineer. This course will help the students to know the functions of computer and the capabilities of it. The students will be introduced with the components of the computer system and will also be able to see the components practically. They will also get the basic idea about the computer programming, database, Networks, maintenance of computer, brief idea about the Security and Privacy of a computer and so on. Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Internet and FrontPage will be taught in Lab.


Course Code: ENG 101
Course Title: Basic English & Learning Skills
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course aims at enabling students to improve grammar and vocabulary. Students are also expected to improve their reading skill and write fairly error-free sentences and paragraphs. The topics of the course include parts of speech, sentence pattern, subject-verb agreement, paragraph writing, letter writing (academic & formal), reading, vocabulary building, listening practice, speaking practice and a module of learning skills which includes basic learning strategies.


Course Code: ENG 102
Course Title: Fundamentals of English – I
Prerequisite: ENG 101
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:After completing this course students will be able to compose almost entirely error-free sentences, paragraphs and a decent five-part argumentative essay. Topics include active & passive sentences, modals, conditionals, sentence types, different types of paragraphs, argumentative essay, reading, vocabulary building, listening practice and speaking practice.


Course Code: ENG 103
Course Title: Fundamentals of English – II
Prerequisite: ENG 101 & ENG 102
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course aims at offering students clear and useful suggestions for strengthening their speaking and writing skills by emphasizing on writing different types of expository essays. It encourages students to develop ideas in paragraphs and essays through compare-and-contrast method, and through producing sentences showing causal relationships.


Course Code: ENG 412
Course Title: Bestseller Fiction
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:Bestseller Fiction reads four post-modern novels (Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Seventee by Kenzaburo Oe, Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Passion by Jeanette Winterson) connected by a persistent theme of violence, often as a strange counterpart of love. The books, representing four continents and cultures will be read in a comparative spirit with a focus on reading techniques, especially basic narrative structures and strategies.  Additionally, one may also discuss notions of mythology, zeitgeist, universality, and any other concepts suggested by the readings.  Course is recommended for English department students in the fourth year and other advanced students with high English aptitude.


Course Code: GED 100
Course Title: Bangladesh Studies
Prerequisite: ENG 101, ENG 102,ENG 103 & CSE 101
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:Bangladesh has evolved on the various utilitarian practices of the inhabitants for thousands of years. The course will focus on the development of Bangladesh right from antiquity and examine the processes of change of all the major aspects that the study of Bangladesh entails. Through this course the students will learn about the ideology, people, land, origin, ecological setting, resources, government, constitution, politics, administration, economy, and society of Bangladesh. The course will investigate the ideas of the past societies in the formation of present Bangladesh and help the students to understand the methodology for planning its future.


Course Code: GED 101
Course Title: Bangla Bhasha
Prerequisite: ENG 101, ENG 102,ENG 103 , CSE 101 & GED 100
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course is designed to give the students descriptive knowledge about Bangla phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and writing system. It will help them to acquire speaking, reading and writing skill of Bangla language and finally they will have a comprehensive knowledge on literary analysis. After completion of this course the students will be able to know the sounds and sounds system of Bangla, understand the word and word formation rules, get input on Bangla sentence and its meaning, and present and write papers on literary genres.


Course Code: GED 201
Course Title: World Civilization
Prerequisite: ENG 101, ENG 102,ENG 103 , CSE 101 , GED 100 & GED 101
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course examines the foundation of the modern world on the ruins of 10,000 years of advanced cultures and civilizations across the globe. Through this course the students will investigate the ideas of the past societies in the formation of civilizations. The topics of the course include World Prehistory, Early Civilizations in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Africa, Indus Valley, Yangtze Valley, Phoenicia, Persia, Greece, Rome, Byzantine Latin America, Islamic Civilization, New World “Conquest”, Colonization, Imperialism, European Renaissance, Scientific Revolution; Age of Enlightenment, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, Liberation Movements and De-colonization, Neo-Colonialism and Globalization.


Course Code: GED 202
Course Title: History of Bangla Literature*
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:Through this course students will learn the history of the Old Bangla Literature (pre-Muslim period), Middle Bangla Literature (from 12th to 18th century) and Modern Bangla Literature (from 18th to mid-20th century).
* This course will be taught in Bangla


Course Code: GED 203
Course Title: Evolutionary Theory and Human Behavior
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course examines of theory and evidence on human evolution in the past, present and future. Topics include evolution and adaptation, fossil evidence, behavioral evolution in primates, human genetric variation and contemporary human biological variation.


Course Code: GED 204
Course Title: Cultural Heritage of Bangladesh
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course will investigate Bangladesh’s culture in its diverse manifestations; trace its change over time by establishing a historical link between the past and present, and project into a globalized future. It will introduce various methodologies to appreciate cultural heritage based on an innovative and integrated perspective derived both from the human and the natural sciences. The subjects of the course include anthropological background of the people; major indigenous communities and their culture; human settlements and archaeological sites; sculpture and iconography; pata and rickshaw painting; arts and crafts; transportation systems; indigenous performances; festivals; indigenous games; cuisine and food habits; goddess worship, folk belief and superstition.


Course Code: GED 205
Course Title: Introduction to Sustainable Development
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course commences with an attempt to build a conceptual foundation of development; to solidify the foundation, it is followed by a discussion of environmental studies to cover the underlying concepts, science and resources of development/economy. It then covers various sustainable issues and solutions. Obviously the course ends with a discussion of our responsibilities. As a part of their active (experiential) learning, the students will participate in fieldwork.  For their self-development, the students are offered one or more of the following options:(i) a class on writing method on major assignment/essay/report; (ii) a workshop on digital photography for development (that starts with basics of photography); (iii) a workshop on (class) presentation for development; (iv) a workshop on some advanced MS Office skills (Word, PowerPoint).


Course Code: GED 206
Course Title: Introduction to Philosophy (1)
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This is an introduction to basic methods of philosophical inquiry and their application to some traditional problems in philosophy. Topics include arguments and their place in philosophy, philosophical thought-experiments and the method of counterexamples, the analysis of knowledge, skepticism, the mind-body problem, free will, and the existence of God. This course helps students to understand some main philosophical problems about persons and their place in the world: the nature of persons and personal identity; mind and body; persons as free agents in a deterministic world; the subjectivity of personal values and the objectivity of moral requirements; the meaning of life. A main objective is to facilitate the student’s own thinking about such issues.


Course Code: GED 207
Course Title: Principle of Economics
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course offers a comprehensive idea on the discipline with extensive coverage of economic issues, institutions, and vocabulary, plus an introduction to economic analysis and its application to current social problems.


Course Code: GED 208
Course Title: Introduction to Sociology
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course offers an introduction to the discipline of sociology from a macro perspective. Students explore how different sociological paradigms lead to contrasting understandings of capitalism, the state, class, race, and gender. In addition, students learn new ways to think about social problems in the United States, in the developing world, and in world history.


Course Code: GED 209
Course Title: Environmental Science
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course will deal with various aspects of Environment. Topics include Global Change: Ecology and Climate, world geography, pollution, Humans and Nature and the Environments in the 21 century. This will provide a clear idea how global change will affect ecosystems, considering how temperature, rainfall, and land use can modify the distribution of organisms in the future, and reduce biodiversity. Physical processes that shape the Earth’s surface provide an inescapable context for human activity. Moreover, this will examine the physical principles that govern erosion and sedimentation, slope stability, river and coastal flooding, and groundwater flow, and analyze how these processes affect land-use philosophies and decision-making.


Course Code: GED 210
Course Title: Foreign Language
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course is designed to teach the students the basic rules of language, history of language and its development, the sound system (intonation, stress, elision) the grammar system. Morphology and syntax, etymology, the lexical system (content & structure words etc), non-verbal systems. Though this course students can improve their communication skill. Under this course any of the following languages can be chosen: Bangla, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Hindi and Urdu.


Course Code: GED 211
Course Title: Introduction to Photography
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This is an introductory course in photography, emphasizing production and theory with emphasis on pictures that tell stories. Students execute a portfolio of original photography images, and examine and analyze the function, purpose and effectiveness, of those images, through a series of writings. Through execution of visual problems and writings students examine the content and function of contemporary analog/film images.


Course Code: GED 212
Course Title: Ethics
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course is designed to understand the norms of human conduct. Topics include ethical principles, prudence, pleasure or power, history of the development of philosophical ethics, early Greek ethics, Greek schools of moral philosophy, Stoicism, Epicureanism, ethics after the reformation, secular ethical philosophies and Psychoanalysis and behaviorism.


Course Code: GED 213
Course Title: Introduction to the History of Linguistics*
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course is to introduce the origin and development of linguistics in Greek, Roman, Indian, European, Arabic, American, and Bengali nations. Through this course students will understand the basic concept of General Linguistics i.e. Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Historical Linguistics, Dialectology, Socio-linguistics, Psycho-linguistics, and Language Acquisition skills.
* This course will be taught in Bangla


Course Code: GED 214
Course Title: Mathematics
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course is designed to study the basic fields of mathematics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. Topics include ancient mathematical texts, history of mathematics, notation, language and rigor, foundation and philosophy, applied mathematics, common misconceptions including mathematics and physical reality.


Course Code: GED 215
Course Title: Introduction to Political Thought
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course will focus on normative political thought. Political theory is a field of study, which engages the history of political thought and attempts to answer the normative question “What do we want our political world to be?”. The immediate goal of this class is pushing you to think critically about the ideas and philosophies that have shaped, and will continue to guide, contemporary political systems. We do this by reading and discussing a variety of influential political thinkers who advance competing ideas of how the political ought to be organized. The larger goal of the course is to provide you with the intellectual tools to become more informed and engaged democratic citizens, and perhaps, more thoughtful and considerate human beings. We will explore together some of the great contributors to the history of political thought. This historical investigation will be balanced by a close reading of select primary documents dealing with the fundamental problems of politics. The students will have to keep the following questions in mind as we conduct our investigation: What is the structure of reality posited by the thinker? How does the thinker view human nature? What are the practical outcomes if the thinker is taken seriously? What is the impact of political philosophy on the real life? Why do laws made by other people have authority for me? Can it be fair for one person to be wealthier than another? How free should society be? Is sexism like racism? Such questions are explored through a careful reading of some classic texts in political philosophy, from the fourth century B.C.E. to the present.


Course Code: GED 216
Course Title: Introduction to Bengali Language and Literature
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course will be offered to the students who didn’t have Bengali either in SSC/HSC, O/A level or equivalent examinations and also to the non native speakers. This course will provide preliminary knowledge about the history and structure of Bengali language, literature and alphabet.


Course Code: GED 221
Course Title: Introduction to Drama
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course is designed to understand theatre and other performance genres. The topics include history and trend of world theatre, performance studies, Theatre for Development, theory of drama, theories of acting, characterization, script analysis, and stage performance.


Course Code: GED 222
Course Title: Current and Contemporary Art Forum
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:
The course presents basic information on visual arts through exposure to art history, art criticism, aesthetics and some art making.  Through class instruction, readings & discussions, hands-on projects, gallery/museum trips and meeting artists, the goal of the course is to enable the students to appreciate contemporary art and to grasp some of its ever-shifting and elusive nature, its trends and its purpose.

Course Code: GED 223
Course Title: Global Political Economy
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course is designed to study the interaction of politics and economics among the world’s nations. The most important of these interactions concerns foreign trade. Students of this course learn about the politics of international financial relations, regional political and economic cooperation, international environmental management, international investment patterns of multinational corporations (MNCs), foreign aid, and relations between rich and poor regions of the world. They examine how government policies affect economic trends and why nations adopt specific economic policies. They also seek to understand the foundations of global or regional economic cooperation in a world of growing, independent national governments.


Course Code: GED 224
Course Title: Film History
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course introduces the historical development of the film and discusses major filmmakers and their films, principal fiction and nonfiction genres, and film industries throughout the world.


Course Code: GED 225
Course Title: Archaeology of Bangladesh
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course is designed to provide the students with a comprehensive idea of Bangladesh Archaeology. Student It will introduce various methodologies to appreciate archaeological heritage of Bangladesh based on an innovative and integrated perspective derived both from the human and the natural sciences. It will also show how socio-political and economic history of Bangladesh can be reconstructed from the existing material evidences.


Course Code: GED 231
Course Title: History and Method of Science
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course will examine the roots of the scientific knowledge in Ancient Greece up to the developments of modern science. The emphasis will be how the scientific thought was developed over time. Some history of mathematics will also be examined, particularly as it has been applied to solve scientific problems. After successfully completing this course a student will know about all great scientists and their contribution in different areas of science and they will be able to define philosophy, religion and science and differentiate between these notions.


Course Code: GED 232
Course Title: Introduction to Psychology
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course is designed to study various academic and applied disciplines involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior, perception, cognition, emotion, personality and interpersonal relationships. This includes many sub-fields of study application concerned with areas such as human developments, sports, health, industry, law and spirituality. Diverse schools of thought will be also discussed under this course.


Course Code: GED 233
Course Title: Introduction to Science Studies
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:What exactly is “science”? How do scientific ideas become knowledge? How does our society, government, and culture understand and respond to science and medicine? The interdisciplinary field of science studies is introduced through exploration of topics that include gender and science, cultural studies of medicine, and the “science wars.”


Course Code: GED 234
Course Title: Introduction to Mind and Behavior
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course will investigate the puzzling relationship between mind and matter. Most people can see the plausibility of two different institutions: (i) our minds and our bodies are different (our minds just don’t seem physical as our bodies do, even to the extent that the laws of physics do not apply); (ii) brains are the seats of minds, which makes minds very much material. To accept one option and take it that our minds are material means we have to explain how the world of matter can generate mental phenomena; and this is no easy task. The other option is also problematic: if we take mind and matter to be entirely separate substances, the how and why of their interaction is just mysterious. Indeed, the explanational gap is very similar in either case.


Course Code: GED 262
Course Title: Principle of Cultural Anthropology
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course examines what it means to be human in different cultures. A range of theories and methods used to study culture, including ethnography, the intensive and personal study of cultures that is a hallmark of anthropology will be studied under this course. Students will learn how anthropology contributes to understanding social problems like racism, genocide, disease, militarism, and social inequalities of all kinds.


Course Code: GED 263
Course Title: Modern Bangla Literature (1)*
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course is designed to provide the students with a comprehensive idea of the Modern Bangla Literature (18th to mid-20th century). The course includes theoretical discussions of some important selected works by major Bangla writers of the period. The course is divided into following three sections: (I) Poetry: Michael Madhusudan Datta, Rabindranath Tagore, Qazi Nazrul Islam and Jasim Uddin; (II) Prose: Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Meer Musharraf Hussain, Rabindranath Tagore, Sarat Chandra Chatterjee and Pramath Chawdhury; and (III) Drama: Michal Madhusudan Datta, Dinabandhu Mitra, Rabindranath Tagore and Dijandralal Roy.
* This course will be taught in Bangla


Course Code: GED 301
Course Title: Development Studies
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course explores a range of substantive debates in development by drawing on empirical and theoretical work from the disciplines of economics, political science, sociology and anthropology. The course aims to provide students with a broad understanding of current debates on development. Topics include various theories of development and their history, demography, development economics, development anthropology, development geography, environmental development, development management, economic history.


Course Code: GED 302
Course Title: History of World Art and Architecture
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course will look at the history of world art and architecture from the beginning to the present. Through this course students will learn about the patterns of development in the field of art and architecture; world famous monuments, paintings, sculptures and minor art objects, major artists, architects and also methods of interpretation. In addition to examining visual strategies of representation, the course explores the varied ways in which art reflects and shapes social, religious, and political concerns.


Course Code: GED 303
Course Title: Introduction to Dance
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course provides a basic understanding of history of dance, its various forms, theory and practices. Topics include dance and the human body and mind, dance and society, folk dance, popular or social dance, theatrical dance, Asian classical dance.


Course Code: GED 304
Course Title: Anthropology and Global Social Problems
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course introduces anthropology approaches to some of the central problems humans face around the world, including environmental degradation and cultures of consumption, hunger and affluence, war, racial division and other forms of inequality. The goal is to challenge our beliefs about some taken for granted assumptions about human behavior and psyche by examining cultures with different conceptions of personality, self and cognition. Will examine the issues of the role of nature and nurture in development, the nature of intelligence, coming of age, the association of psychological characteristics with gender and the naturalness of emotions.


Course Code: GED 305
Course Title: International Human Rights
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course is planned to study human rights, primarily from an international perspective, including civil, political, social, and economic rights, self-determination, and minority rights. In addition to dealing with theoretical questions of universalism and relativism, it will also explore the controversies surrounding the contemporary practice of human rights, with special emphasis on the role of politics in their interpretation, implementation, and enforcement.


Course Code: GED 308
Course Title: Introduction to Philosophy (2)
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course provides major philosophers contributions to philosophy and a focused analysis of their theory of knowledge, especially the links between power, discourse, and knowledge. This will also introduce the methods and issues of contemporary analytic philosophy in the field of epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and decision theory. Students can also explores some of the basic issues in aesthetics, including representation, expression, the definition of ‘art’, and conceptions of individual artworks, from a contemporary analytic perspective.


Course Code: GED 309
Course Title: Classical Sociological Theory
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course explores the work of the four founders of sociological thinking: Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Simmel. Students will read on issues ranging from the transition from feudalism to capitalism, the rise of the nation-state and bureaucracy, and the division of labor in modern society, to the mental reaction to the metropolis. Through the reading of these complex writings, the course will provide a thorough understanding of the promises and curses of modernity, as they are perceived within competing sociological frameworks.


Course Code: GED 311
Course Title: Bangla for Print Media
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:An Introduction to Bangla language: Shadhu Bangla, Standard Bangla of Bangladesh, standard Colloquial Bangla, Dialects, Usage of loan words and translation, Standard Bangla spelling, Sentence structure, modern trend, punctuation. Composition: Editorial, Post-editorial, Column, reporting feature writing, editing.


Course Code: GED 312
Course Title: Bangla for Electronic Media
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:An Introduction to Bangla Language: Shadhu Bangla, Standard Bangla of Bangladesh, Standard Colloquial Bangla, Dialects, Usage of loan words and translation. Speech synthesis: pronunciation, intonation, pitch, speed, punctuation/scanning. Loud reading: subjective reading, objective reading, reading with content attachment, throwing, expression. Desk work: report writing, desk reporting, new working, news transfer, translation. Presentation: Confidence, out-fit. 


Course Code: GED 322
Course Title: Modern Bangla Literature (2)*
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course is to endow the students with an all-inclusive notion of the Modern Bangla Literature (18th to mid-20th century). The course includes theoretical discussions on selected works by major Bangla literary figures of the period. The course is divided into following three sections: (I) Poetry: Jibananda Das, Sudhindranath Datta, Bishnu Dey, Abul Hussein (II) Prose: Manik Bandhopadhya, Bibhutibushan Bandhapadhya, Humayun Kabir and Syed Mujtaba Ali; and (III) Drama: Sachin Sen Gupta, Tulsi Lahiri, Nurul Momen and Bijon Bhattacharya.
* This course will be taught in Bangla


Course Code: GED 323
Course Title: Logic
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course will examine various philosophical issues arising in the foundations of logic, such as the following: existence, definite description, reference and truth, semantic paradoxes, implication and presupposition, modalities and “possible worlds,” logical truth, the nature of logical knowledge, and logic in natural language.


Course Code: GED 324
Course Title: Experiencing the Past
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course is planned to generate in the students a tactile experience of behavior and culture of the past. It will begin with a socio-political overview of a particular period of pre-modern history of Bengal. Thereafter, the students will explore, by means of field survey methods, one archaeological site of the period and record material evidences at the site with the help of various documentation techniques. Finally, they will reconstruct the past in the same landscape with the help of drawings, models, photographs, graphs, charts etc. The course will be offered during the semester break in the winter.


Course Code: GED 325
Course Title: Economic Development and Social Change
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course emphasizes on understanding the interrelations among economic, political, and cultural aspects of change in developing countries. The experience of currently developing nations is contrasted to that of nations that industrialized in the 19th century. Compares the different development strategies, which have been adopted by currently developing nations and their consequences for social change.


Course Code: GED 334
Course Title: International Law
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course covers the nature of legal reasoning in international relations, the interplay of international law and international politics, and the international legal process. Examines selected substantive fields such as state responsibility, the use of force, international human rights, etc.


Course Code: GED 335
Course Title: Globalization and Social Conflict
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course examines the effect of globalization on the economies and societies of the developed and developing world. Focuses in particular on how new forms of global production and exchange are transforming the traditional role of the nation-state, creating new patterns of wealth distribution, and generating new sources of social conflict and political contestation.


Course Code: GED 336
Course Title: Environmental Impact Assessment
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course focuses on the impact of bio-geophysical environment and on man’s health and well being of legislative proposals, policies, programs, projects, and operational procedures, and to interpret and communicate information about the impacts. Engineering economic and socio political assessments will be also discussed under this course.


Course Code: GED 338
Course Title: International Relations
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course examines the struggles of power and knowledge, which have constituted international relations history and theory. This survey stretches from the beginnings of the Western states system and its early exemplar thinkers like Machiavelli, Grotius, and Kant, to the current issues and contemporary theories of international relations. Focuses primarily on the ‘classical’ and ‘post-classical’ theories of international relations.


Course Code: GED 339
Course Title: Introduction to Music
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:An introduction to history of music, early medieval Bengali music, Kirtan and other medieval Bengali music, Tune and lyrics of Bengali music (17th to mid 19th century), Bengali folk songs, contemporary Bangladeshi music, western influence in Bangladeshi music, musical instrument of Bangladesh, the renaissance of Bengali music – the music of humanism, the music of mannerism, mind and music will be taught under this course.


Course Code: GED 340
Course Title: International Trade
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:Theory of comparative advantage, trade, and income distribution is some special area of study under this course. Topics include gains from trade, evaluation of the effects of trade policy instruments-tariffs, quotas, subsidies, strategic trade policy, trade and labor markets, preferential trade agreements, and the world trading systems.


Course Code: GED 356
Course Title: Urbanization and Ancient Cities
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course examines major themes in the history of urbanism by concentrating on selected towns and cities in order to explore general issues (e.g. the relationship of town and countryside and the emergence of capital cities) and characteristic urban building (e.g. fortifications, designed squares, civic monuments).


Course Code: GED 401
Course Title: Imagining the Global Eighteenth Century Art
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:Forging a modern state and a modern empire involved new and reworked forms of visual representation. This course looks at how artists in the two leading imperial Western powers, England and France, produced art that addressed the concerns of diverse and newly expanded audiences.


Course Code: GED 409
Course Title: Literature of Bangladesh
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:(Second half of the 20th century)*
The course is designed to give the students a comprehensive idea of literature of Bangladesh of the 2nd half of the 20th century. The course includes theoretical discussions on selected works by major literary figures of Bangladesh, of the period. of some important works from Bangladesh by major writers of the period. The course is divided into following three sections: (I) Poetry: Farrukh Ahmed, Ahsan Habib, Syed Ali Ahsan, Shamsur Rahman, Hasan Hafizur Rahman, Abu Zafor Obidullah and Al-Mahmud; (II) Prose: Shaukat Osman, Syed Waliullah, Shamsuddin Abul Kalam, Abu Ishaq, Hasan Azizul Haq, Akhtaruzzaman Ilias; and (III) Drama: Syed Waliullah, Munier Chawdhury, Syed Ahmed, Syed Shamsul Huq and Selim Al-Din.
* This course will be taught in Bangla .


Course Code: GED 410
Course Title: Introduction to Performing Arts
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course focuses on various forms of performing arts such as dance, drama and music, performance theory and their history, Indigenous theatre of Bangladesh and popular music in society.


Course Code: GED 411
Course Title: Objectivity and Its Loss
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The nature and limits of objectivity in the context of biomedical practices and institutions will bne taught under this course. Topics include conceptions of objectivity, conflict of interest, inappropriate influence, individual ethical failings, cognitive biases, and other linguistic and social sources of error and bias. Emphasis will be on identifying strategies for counteracting the various threats to objectivity.


Course Code: GED 416
Course Title: Business Ethics and Leadership
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course will be designed to introduce and examine different leadership qualities and enable the students to reason about the role of ethics in business. The students will examine lives and works of 5-7 leaders. Also they will discuss real life ethical dilemma cases from marketing, operations, human resource, accounting, finance and other related fields.
Specific course objectives include:
1. To learn from leadership qualities demonstrated by leaders in the past.
2. To be able to recognize ethical issues in business. And finally …
3. To critically examine the students’ own ethics and leadership qualities and test them in conversation among peers.
Students who should attend:
This course requires heavy participation on behalf of the students in their learning. Almost 80% of the grades will depend on class participation and presentations.


Course Code: GED 416
Course Title: Global Migration and Citizenship
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The movement of people across borders is a defining characteristic of the modern age. Migrants’ contribute to the economies of the host and homeland, but also exacerbate inequality, enflame nationalist sentiments, and spread values that threaten existing power structures. This course explores the causes of international migration; how governments regulate it; and how it transforms our ideas of citizenship.


Course Code: GED 418
Course Title: South Asian Art and Architecture
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course will offer a comprehensive idea on South Asian art and architecture from the beginning to the present. Through this course students will learn about the patterns of development in the field of art and architecture, painting, sculpture, famous monuments and minor art objects of South Asia, major artists and architects. Besides, the course will interpret the varied ways in which South Asian art reflects and shapes social, religious, cultural, political and economic milieu of South Asia.


Course Code: GED 419
Course Title: Ethnic Identity and Nationalism
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course focuses on study of key issues debated by anthropologists regarding ethnicity and nationalism, with examination of concepts such as identity, cultural citizenship, transnationalism-globalization, gender, home, and acculturation-hybridity.


Course Code: GED 429
Course Title: The Visual Culture of South Asian Women
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:Considers women as patrons and producers of ancient and medieval art and architecture, and examines the imaging of women in ancient and medieval works of art. Topics include feminist perspectives in ancient medieval history and art history, patronage by royal and aristocratic women, costume and textile production, and the art and architecture of female monastic communities.


Course Code: GED 438
Course Title: Origin and Development of Bangla Language*
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course is designed to provide a comprehensive idea of the Indo-European parent speech, Indo-Iranian, Old Indo-Aryan, Middle Indo-Aryan, Old Bangla, Modern Bangla languages and the evolution of Bangla scripts.
* This course will be taught in Bangla


Course Code: GED 439
Course Title: Science, Perceptions and Reality
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:It is improbable that scientific discoveries could make us give up commonsensical beliefs. It is even less plausible that commonsense could make us reject established scientific theories. So when science and commonsense appear to clash, as they do over colors, solidity, mental content, values, and death, serious philosophical problems arise. The course will investigate possible responses to these problems.


Course Code: GED 441
Course Title: Globalization
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course will consider how we should think, and act, in a world increasingly marked by global interconnectedness. This will study the intellectual and epistemological issues raised by cross-cultural exchange, and survey how theorists in both “the West” and elsewhere have thought about and formulated responses to issues like citizenship, human rights, feminism, and cultural identity.


Course Code: GED 443
Course Title: Gender and Society
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course focuses on various contemporary issues on gender and society. Topics include Theories of gender and their development, origin of family, feminist theories, feminist anthropology, women and gender, nature, culture and gender, patriarchy vs. matriarchy, kinship and gender, psychology of gender, women and religion, gender and society in the developing countries, gender and nationalism.


Course Code: GED 444
Course Title: Women Studies
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:The course is designed to study historical and cross-cultural introduction to the various strands of feminist theory, examine the connections and discomforts between theory and activism, and explore the impact of feminist theories on contemporary thought. Students will learn the implications of women’s presence in political institutions, issues of substantive and symbolic representation, public policy agendas and outcomes, and constituent level benefits of representation by women. An introductory investigation of women’s practices and beliefs in a wide range of traditions, ancient and modern, Western and Eastern will also be discussed under this course.


Course Code: GED 451
Course Title: Qazi Nazrul Islam: Life and Works*
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course will provide the students a clear notion of Qazi Nazrul Islam’s life and his creative works (poems, novels, short stories, plays, essays, letters etc).
* This course will be taught in Bangla


Course Code: GED 452
Course Title: Rabindranath Tagore: Life and Works*
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course is designed to offer the students a lucid impression about Rabindranath Tagore’s life and his literary works (poems, novels, short stories, plays, essays, letters etc).
•    This course will be taught in Bangla 


Course Code: GED 453
Course Title: Living with Conflict
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:Exploration into ways in which cultural groups perceive and approach situations of conflict and how these situations in turn shape cultural practices, beliefs, and norms within the group. Examples are taken from ethnographies of different parts of the world and include a discussion of customs that help mitigate conflict among members of the group as well as conflict between groups.


Course Code: GED 461
Course Title: Religion
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:What is knowledge? What is the extent and basis of one’s knowledge about physical objects, other people, oneself, the future, morality, and religion? This course will discuss a representative group of philosophical issues and problems that arise in connection with religious worldviews. Specific topics may include but are not limited to the following: concepts of a god, the existence and attributes of God, the problem of evil, miracles, religion and morality, faith and science, and the possibility of religious knowledge. Selected examples of religious belief and practice from around the world will also be included under this course. This investigates the culturally specific ways humans orient themselves in space and time, by means of language, the body, kinship, etc., and by the meanings provided by the symbols and frameworks of religion, public myth and ritual.


Course Code: GED 462
Course Title: Social Theory and Methods of Social Research
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course introduces the various social theories and their development. Central problems of social theory are evaluated in light of readings from important sociological founders (Marx, Weber, Durkheim) and contemporary theories (rational choice theory, functionalism, power theory.) Special emphasis is placed on developing usable social theory. This also introduces diverse methods of social research. Both qualitative and quantitative methods are examined. Students learn how to formulate research questions, gather data and evidence, and make reliable inferences. The course helps student to develop their analytical skills.


Course Code: GED 466
Course Title: Who Owns the Past?
Prerequisite: None
Credit Hours: 3.00
Detailed Syllabus:This course will examine what role the past plays in the present: Why study the past, and why preserve it? How has the materiality of the past been represented in different historical and cultural contexts and for what purposes? How do various indigenous, ethnic, and nationalist narratives of struggle give shape to and reconstruct a ‘true’ history? The course will employ archaeological, textual and ethnographic evidences drawn from a particular time-space bracket
in Bangladesh to explore how the past is interpreted and (re)presented to legitimize indigenous, ethnic, and nationalist conflicts and what their broader implications are.

The Universityof Liberal Arts Bangladesh and its curricula are accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh.