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Master of Arts – (English Linguistics)
The English Linguistics MA aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the linguistic features of English from a wide range of perspectives: theoretical and applied, synchronic and diachronic. It will enable them to understand and evaluate critically a wide spectrum of ideas put forward in the study of the English language (particularly in connection with linguistic variation in terms of space, time, communicative context and linguistic contact) and will equip them with the intellectual perspectives and the scholarly skills that will prepare to conduct independent research.
The course focuses on eras from 16th to late 19th century Literature. In its broader spectrum, the course covers a reference to the multiple factors from economic theories to religious, philosophical and metaphysical debates that overlap in these literary works of diverse nature and time periods under multiple contexts.
It’s an introduction to the issues of Elizabethan studies in the widest possible range, and the context of the theatre culture of the era is done at large. The context is the essential point of departure to an objective critical assessment of the work of Shakespeare, which builds on the work of his predecessors and contemporaries. The analysis of the plays focuses on technical aspects of Elizabethan play-writing and how the usage of these principles differs from author to author. This approach is meant to be practical; the aim being to look into the craftsmanship of the dramatist of the era and on its relation to the purport of the play.
This course focuses on a genre-specific historical development. The connection between the human imagination and words is very deep, and the suggested selection offers examples of the expression of personal feelings and ideas. These poems can be studied as a refined commentary on the aesthetic concerns related to poetry and its types. Overall, the course develops fineness of taste among its readers through a variety of linguistic web.
The course aims to illustrate the trends, currents and cross currents in the writings of early novelists who firmly established their writing as a literary form during the eighteenth century. The idea we have of the novel comes from the 18th century, before that time there were plenty of forms of prose fiction that did not present a picture of real life, as required of a novel. It is the novel that gives us the knowledge how an individual can discover the reality of the world around him through his senses and perceptions.
No one has done more to invigorate the English language than Shakespeare, and few have done as much in literature to portray the human condition. Indeed, to understand and appreciate English literature since his time, one must be familiar with his plays, poetry and Shakespeare’s sonnets.
History of English Literature – II (Restoration of 20th Century)
The aim is to make students familiar with the most important poetic texts of the 18th century which belong to two groups: satirical and meditative poetry. Analysis of selected poems will reveal the thematic richness of the English Enlightenment poetry and its use for satirical and meditative purposes. Various ways of employing the popular poetic forms (such as ode, epistle, hymn, et al.) reveal great linguistic sophistication of the poetry of that age, the erudition of the authors and readers, as well as a lively intellectual climate of the English neoclassical period.
It is a study of the work and position of female authors in literature, reflecting concerns with ethnicity, class, feminine language, representations of the body, and the development of a feminine tradition. It aims to define the state of literary studies in the field of women’s writing and to present cross-cultural interpretations of relevance to contemporary work in gender studies and comparative literature.
The course is affiliated with the poets of the 17th century England that sought to satiate their interest in metaphysical concerns by examining them in a simple way through poetry. Many of the metaphysical poets try to explain and understand their connection with God and their meanings as a whole. The goal was to have the reader think in depth upon issues that were present at the time.
A study of the major plays of Shakespeare with special emphasis on the tragedies and comedies. As William Shakespeare is acknowledged as the most important writer in the English tradition, his works are indispensable for a complete study of English literature.
This is the most important and popular literary medium in the modern times, and it is in this form that a great deal of distinguished work is being produced. This is the age of disintegrations and interrogations. Old values have been discarded and they have not been replaced by new values. What Arnold said of the Victorian period – “caught between two worlds, one dying, the other seeking to be born.” in prose, the ambiguity can be clarified and this has been possible only in the novel form which exposes the inner working of the mind of a character. Modern novel is realistic as opposed to idealistic. People are what they are because of what they have been. There are such fine delicacies of description and narrative in modern novels, that they remind us of the works of great English poets.
This course gives an introduction to themes in literature and provides guided study and practice in reflecting on themes which describe the human experience across cultural and societal boundaries. The course consists of readings from literature in different genres and cultures.
The course familiarizes the students with selected research techniques and approaches within the qualitative research paradigm, develops understanding and skills of using appropriate tools for collecting data. Different ways of understanding, analyzing and reporting qualitative data are taught.
This course on combines the principles of EL T with practice to enable students to see and perpetuate a model of classroom interaction and effective teaching. The aim is to enable students to understand the theory and practice of ELT an opportunity to examine and understand the problems of ELT in Pakistan.
The objective is to provide students with the latest knowledge in the field of psycholinguistics and develop their professional skills; to lead them to a deeper understanding of psychological and neurophysiologic mechanisms and principles when developing foreign language skills, to understand the role of cognitive and emotional factors which influence the effectiveness of these processes.
The aims of this course are to familiarize students with selected research techniques and approaches within the quantitative research paradigm, and to develop an understanding of basic concepts underlying the use of statistics; understanding ways of constructing, analyzing and reporting quantitative data.
Students are introduce the to principles and process of evaluating and designing a language syllabus and materials for language teaching.
The course introduces the students to the analysis of discourse in socio-cultural and socio-political perspective. Discourse is taught as a social and political enterprise. Different approaches to Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), common features of CDA and Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis is also discussed.
At the end of this course students will have an awareness of social factors that are relevant to language use and acquisition with special reference to Pakistan.
RESEARCH PROJECT (10000-12,000 WORDS)
The aim of this course is to provide students with descriptive, analytical and applied knowledge about the sound system of English and varieties of English. By the end of course the participants will be able to analyze and describe sound system of English language and identify the problems of English pronunciation.