MSJ curriculum integration forum on ‘The Bystander Effect’ held

MSJ curriculum integration forum on ‘The Bystander Effect’ held

Discussants in a question-answer session.


Media Studies and Journalism (MSJ) department at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh organised a curriculum integration (CI) forum at Campus A Auditorium on July 12. The department conducts curriculum integration every semester to showcase creative works of the students and enable student interaction as well as strengthen links.

The theme for Summer 2018 is “The Bystander Effect.” The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological phenomenon in which individuals are less likely to offer help to a victim when other people are present. The greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. Keeping relation with the unified theme, the CI forum features talks of three MSJ faculty members and a student debate.

Hiya Islam, a lecturer of MSJ, elaborated on a topic named “The Kitty Genovese Murder”. In the early hours of March 13, 1964, 28-year-old American bar manager Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death outside her apartment building in New York. Later, The New York Times published a report unearthing that 38 witnesses had either seen or heard the attack, but none of them called the police. The incident prompted inquiries into what became known as the bystander effect or “Genovese syndrome”.

After Hiya, Prof Dr Din Mohammad Sumon Rahman gave further details on the topic and stressed on points like the reversal bystander and direct assistance. The final part of the discussion was carried out by Dr Sarkar Barbaq Qarmal, an assistant professor of MSJ. He talked about bystander intervention. Later, all the three discussants answered the questions from the audience in a question-answer session.

Moderator shares a light moment with the debaters.


A view of the audience comprising MSJ faculty members and students.


Following that, the student debate on “Bangladeshis intervene upon witnessing intimate partner violence” took place. Dolon Champa Dutta and ASM Saad argued in favour of the motion whereas Mosharaff Hossain and Md Hasibul Hasan spoke against the motion. Faculty members Abu Tayub Mohammad Farhad and Bikash Chandra Bhowmick coached the affirmative and negative side respectively. Muhammad Abdul Kader, assistant professor of MSJ, was moderator of the debating session. This marked the end of yet another successful curriculum integration forum.

Mohammad Shazzad Hossain
Assistant Professor
School of Social Science (SSS)

The University of 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.