Course Catalog (General Education)

GEN 201
Description
The objective of the course is to get the students acquainted with major thematic areas of national importance in Bangladesh. Taught from an interdisciplinary perspective, this course covers the following topics: origin and historical development of the nation; geographic features, natural resources and environmental issues; major issues relating to culture and society including cultural change, social inequality and urbanization; important themes relating to the functioning of the state include judicial, administrative and legislative systems, public administration and governance; featured issues of economic and social development comprising several topics such as economic trends and planning, poverty eradication, role of NGOs, donors and the civil society.

Credits  3
Pre-requisite             ENG102

GEN 204
Description
The aim of the course is to introduce students with some masterpieces of western literature. The course includes selections from William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Anthon Chekov, Guy de Mupassant, Robert Frost, T.S. Elliot.

Credits  3
Pre-requisite             None

GEN 205
Description
This introductory course on Psychology aims at familiarizing the students of other disciplines with the central concepts and theories of Psychology. It covers both the traditional areas of Psychology and applied topics, including the biological foundations of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, abnormal behavior and treatment and health psychology. The course will not only provide the students with a conceptual overview of understanding human behavior and mental processes, but also a pathway to self-understanding, offer the potentials of a future career, and will give them an opportunity for intellectual discovery.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite  ENG102

GEN 207
Description
Industrial Psychology (I/O Psychology) is the applied field in which the principles of psychology are used to provide insights into how organizations function, and why they do what they do. This course is based on the science of peoples’ behavior at work and the application of psychological principles of organizational and work settings. The purpose of I/O Psychology is to provide how it will directly influence ones lives as job applicants, trainees, employees, managers, coordinators, and consumers, in brief, the nature of work in modern society. It is going to make students familiar with Job Analysis, Performance Appraisal, Assessment Methods for Selection and Placement, Selecting Employees, Training and Development, Theories of Employee Motivation, Job Satisfaction and Organizational Commitment, Productive and Counter Productive Behavior, Working Conditions, Employee Health and Safety from behavioral perspective.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite  None

GEN 208
Description
This course is designed to familiarize students with some fundamental problems and issues in philosophy. As a course in a second or higher order discipline concerned with critical thinking, this can help us improve our ways of making sense of the world. This would provide an opportunity for cultivating the skills of evaluating arguments and developing the habits of cooperative rather than adversarial argumentation for problem solving and effective deliberation. The topics to be discussed include: Definition, Nature and Scope of Philosophy; Thinking as the way we make sense of the world; Problem Solving as Thinking Critically; Theories of Reality; Knowledge; Values; Theories of Truth; Proofs for the existence of God; Problem of Freedom of Will; Mind-Body Relation; Existentialism, Pragmatism and Logical Positivism as philosophical trends.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite None

GEN 210
Description
The study of International Relations attempts to analyze world events and speculate future in a systemic way. The basic objective of this course is to understand the world that is fast changing. Towards this end, this course intends to equip the students with knowledge and analytical tools necessary to comprehend, evaluate, and respond to an increasingly complex array of problems both at the national and international levels. The course focuses on such key areas as Theories of International Relations, Concept of Power, War and Peace, Diplomacy, United Nations, Regional Organizations, Nuclear Arms Race, Inter-State Conflict and Cooperation, International Terrorism and Counter Terrorism, Third World Poverty, International Development, and Globalization.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite ENG 102

GEN 211
Description
The broad objective of the course is to examine the basic tenets of newspaper journalism in one hand and media studies on the other. Journalism: The specific objective of the course in Journalism is to how research, organize and write stories; understand the internal structures of newspapers; advertising, circulation and readership and editorial policies of the newspapers; different political systems in which media exists, newspaper censorship and laws of libel as well as ethical issues. Media Studies: The students will be introduced to the various forms of media including print and electronic such as newspaper, radio and television; conceptual learning about operating system of different form of media especially the applications of information technology in TV; news script writing for print and TV media.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite ENG 102

GEN 213
Description
This course would provide an opportunity of gaining elementary competence in German language. It would enable the course participants to verbally act and react in simple everyday life situation.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite None

GEN215
Description
This course will allow the students to develop their basic communication skills in French. Speaking a new language helps one to get to know another people and culture, as language and culture go hand in hand

Credits 3
Pre-requisite None

GEN 216
Description
This course has been designed to provide understanding of the basic competence in Spanish course. Speaking more than one language is a skill which will increase the marketability of student.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite None

GEN 217
Description
The objective of the course is to familiarize students with the basics of Chinese language. Employers tend to prefer candidates who speak one or more foreign languages and the fact is that the global economy depends on communication; China plays a vital role in world economy Chinese language plays an imperative role in business.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite None

GEN 218
Description
The course focuses on essentials of Arabic Language. The course is designed to express basic capability in it. Interest in the Arabic language has increased greatly throughout the world.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite None

GEN-223
Description
This course will focus on contemporary socio-economic and politico-military security issues in the context of Asia-Pacific region. The course will make an attempt to introduce key elements of global and regional security—nuc1ear security threats, rise of strategic powers and forms and dimensions of security in relation to national and international politics. The course also explores future perception of threats and preventive mechanisms to develop confidence building among the actors. It will address both theoretical and applied knowledge of security discourse in the context of global politics. The objective of the course is to examine the rationale of the security studies and to consider the implications of traditional security in the context of international relations and politics.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite ENG 102, GEN210

GEN224
Description
স্নাতক (Undergraduate) পর্যায়ের ছাত্রছাত্রীদের বাংলা ভাষায় লিখন ও সৃজনদক্ষতা বৃদ্ধির লক্ষ্যে এই কোর্সটি প্রণীত হয়েছে। মাতৃভাষায় দক্ষতা বৃদ্ধি যে-কোনো মানুষের প্রকাশ ক্ষমতার পূর্বশর্ত। মাতৃভাষায় দক্ষতা অন্য ভাষা শিক্ষণের ক্ষেত্রেও পূর্বশর্ত হিসেবে কাজ করে। সেদিক বিবেচনা করে এই কোর্সে বাংলা ভাষার অতি আবশ্যক কতিপয় বিষয় পাঠ্যসূচির অন্তর্ভূক্ত হয়েছে। এই কোর্সে বাংলা ভাষার ধ্বনি, শব্দগঠন, বানানের নিয়ম, উচ্চারনরীতি, প্রয়োগ-অপপ্রয়োগ, পরিভাষা, সমার্থ শব্দ, চিঠিপত্র ও দরখাস্ত লিখন, সাহিত্যের বিভিন্ন রূপকল্প (কবিতা, উপন্যাস, ছোটগল্প, নাটক, প্রবন্ধ) অন্তর্ভূক্ত করা হয়েছে।

Credits 3
Pre-requisite None

 

GEN 239
Description
This course is designed to introduce ethical and spiritual commitment in the profession in order to maintain higher standard at work environment. More specifically, the course will focus on moral character, character development, moral leadership, developing mortality in organization, moral behavior, characteristics of moral standards, moral issues and ethical principles, moral obligations, spirituality, natural laws-the concept of a moral being, duties and rights, applying natural laws, moral decision-making process-steps in the decision making process, making ethical decisions, decision strategies, personal mortality, codes of professional conduct-purpose of a code of conduct, critical elements in the development of a code of professional conduct, rules of professional conduct, professional standards.

Credits  3
Pre-requisite  ENG102

 

POP201
Description
Reproductive Health and Rights: Definition, concepts of reproductive health, reproductive rights and ICPD. Population dynamics, scopes and components of reproductive health, MDGs, indicator and source of data.

Family Planning: Definition and rationale of family planning, unmet need for family planning, health impact of family planning, relevance of family planning to population policies; ICPD principles, male involvement and Islamic view on family planning, definition of sexual health, principles of quality controls.

Maternal Health: Maternal mortality and morbidity- causes, trend, health and social significance, safe motherhood policies and programs, unsafe abortion- causes, incidence and prevention, emergency obstetric care and post abortion care.

STIs/HIV/AIDS, Tobacco and Food Habit: Epidemiology, causes, risk factors, way of prevention, high risk group AND policy of HIV/AIDS, socio cultural determinants and health effects of tobacco use among young people, food safety vs street foods- scope of hygiene and health promotion among adolescents and youths.

Human Sexuality and Gender Relation: Interrelationship between human sexuality and gender relations, violence against women (sexual and gender based violence), access to information, education and services to achieve good health including sexual health and exercise reproductive rights and responsibilities, laws on marriage and divorce.

Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH): Definition and basic concept, ASRH: issues, current status, magnitude of problems, teen-age pregnancy, unsafe abortion, STIs/HIV/AIDS, policies and programmes for adolescents on SRH: information and services to meeting SRH needs of adolescents.

Adolescents and Youth Friendly Health Services: Youth-friendly services: The opportunities and obstacles, role of Government, UN and other agencies, MDG, national policy focus on adolescent and youth health, national policies on HIV/ AIDS and STD related issues.

Male involvement in Sexual and Reproductive Health: Present status of male participation in RH/FP, problems and issues in male involvement, current policies and programmes to promote male involvement, need for advocacy, broader information/education programmes to promote male participation in RH/FP.

Global Landmark events on Reproductive Health Policies and Programs: Reproductive health (ICPD, 1994), Safe Motherhood Conference, Nairobi (1987), Reproductive health (Beijing, 1995), Safe Motherhood Inter-Agency Technical Consultation, Colombo (1997), Reproductive health policies and strategies in Bangladesh.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite None

 

POP202
Description
Public Health and Epidemiology: Basic concepts – Health, Public Health and Primary Health Care: concepts and definitions; scopes and opportunities on a historical perspective; Epidemiology: definition, conceptual evolution from study of epidemics to a health research methodology; Chain of infection, Epidemic and Endemic diseases.

Defining Health problems – Epidemiological and statistical methods; Epidemiological studies: Measures of disease frequency and trends: rates, ratios, incidence and prevalence, sampling, errors; validity and reliability; Communicable and non-communicable diseases; Morbidity and Mortality, Sources of Data.

Causation of diseases and Transmission of Infections – The concept of multiple causation, ecological, establishing a cause of a disease; Ecological triad: host, age and environment; Disease communicability, magnitude and variation of disease spread; Direct and indirect transmission, exposure and its potentials; Carrier and resistance to infection; Movement of Disease in Time, Place and Person, population at risk, Emerging (new viral infections) and re-emerging diseases (tuberculosis, malaria).

Organizing and presenting health related data: Concepts and Tools – Presentation of health data in tabular and graphical formats, Presentation of health information as numbers and proportions, Comparison of magnitude of different health problems’ Basic concepts and measures of statistical inference, Use of bio-statistical methods in epidemiology.

Prevention and Control measures – The scope of prevention: Chronic non communicable disease; Levels of prevention: primordial, primary, secondary and tertiary prevention;   Preventing spread of communicable diseases; Ten most common public health problems of Bangladesh; Screening, surveillance and Control of environment

Ecology – Basic principle of law of ecology; Spectrum of infection; Biological gradient of disease; Human ecology;   Frontier of ecosystem: Atmospheric ecology.

Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology- Environment and Health; Exposure, dose and risk assessment; Injury epidemiology; Zoonosis and veterinary public health.

Health Policy and Planning with Practical on Public Health Research –           Health policy: use of epidemiological information for the purpose; Program planning: the planning cycles; Practical on public health research.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite None

 

SOC101
Description
The objective of the course is to introduce the students to key sociological concepts, primary social institutions, social structure and stratification, groups, religion and social problems with special reference to Bangladesh. The students will also be familiar with the different methods and techniques of social research. Major topics include: the sociological perspective; culture; socialization; social Institutions; social stratification and social mobility; deviance and social control; sociology of development; research methodology and major social problems of Bangladesh.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite None

 

SOC102
Description
Social Anthropology is concerned with the description and analysis of people’s lives and traditions. Ethnology is the study that deals with the adequate interpretations of such descriptions. This course explores some introductory and basic elements of social anthropology and ethnology, the use of anthropological knowledge, skills, and methodologies to understand several social phenomena and problems, and to develop solutions to those problems.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite None

 

SOC202
Description
Social Psychology mainly focuses on understanding how and why individuals think and feel as they do in social situations. It seeks to understand the cause of social behavior and thought or identifying factors that shape our feelings, behavior and thoughts in social situations. This course is intended to make students sentient of the application of the information of social factors or social behavior in the field of their interest. Students will be proverbial with social perception, cognition, attitudes, social identity, prejudice and discrimination, interpersonal attraction and relationship, social influence, prosocial behavior, aggression, and groups and individuals.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite ENG 102

 

SOC211
Description
The objective of this course is to introduce the culture and civilization of eastern part of the world. The specific goal is to make the students familiar with different religions, culture and heritage, and intellectual tradition of this region. Major topics include: a brief study of the life of early man; an analytical view about cultural settings of our present and ancient civilizations; various features of Eastern epistemology; an elaborate discussion about various features of culture and heritage of our subcontinent especially in Bangladesh; cultural contact between the East and the West; and contributions of some major scholars of Eastern tradition.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite None

 

SOC212
Description
The objective of this course is to help students learn basic environmental problems and ecological principles, develop their ability to use these principles to interpret ecological problems and understand the repercussions of environmental mismanagement. Topics include: Environment science, input reduction, population bomb, resources, ecology and population, abundance control, community diversity, energy flow, type of species, demography, resource management, biodiversity, pollution, controlling pollution, water pollution, air pollution, ethics.

Credits 3
Pre-requisite None

 

SOC213
Description
The course focuses on conceptual overview and practical tools for understanding the role of women in development process. It discusses the interrelationship between various development issues and gender. The course helps students to become aware of gender issues in both theoretical and Bangladesh contexts. It also attempts to help students to contribute to the efforts to eliminate all forms of gender discrimination in Bangladesh society. The course examinees the role of women in economic development. Students are expected to gather knowledge and skill to develop a career plan in the perspective of gender. The course includes feminist analysis of international relations and development theories and Women Development Policy and Programme in Bangladesh. Topics include: Sex and Gender, Society; Patriarchy; Men-Women relationship in the patriarchal society, Theories of WID, WAD and GAD, Gender role, division of labour and gender needs. Women’s reproductive health and right, Adolescence health care in relation to gender, Health and nutritional and HIV/AIDS issues in relation with gender, Gender and poverty, Gender and environment, Violence against women, One stop crisis centre visit/ Visit to a village, Case preparation, CEDAW and its clauses, Constitutional and fundamental rights of women, Beijing platform for action(PFA), Anti-dowry laws, and labour laws.

 

Credits  3
Pre-requisite  ENG101

SOC214
Description
The course provides an introductory look at the theories and concepts, which form the foundation of development. The student throughout the course will be facilitated to critically assess contemporary development issues such as poverty, gender discrimination and lack of access to natural resources. Key theoretical concepts such as modernization, liberalism, development projects and human rights will be addressed along with the usefulness of social research.

Credits  3
Pre-requisite  ENG102

 

SOC215
Description
The primary objective of this course is to familiarize students with the basic concepts and principles of public relations. At the end of the course, students should have attained knowledge and understanding of the role and functions of public relations in an industrialized society, the basic tools, process and theories of public relations which include research, planning, communication, evaluation and the use of dynamic communication strategies to achieve organizational goals. This course also strives for a better understanding of public relations activities, impression management and how public relations works during crisis situations in personal and organizational arena.

Credits  3
Pre-requisite  ENG102

 

SOC216
Description
This course has been designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of basic principles of globalization and social identity from an analytical perspective. The course will aid the students to make analytical conclusions regarding key social issues such as migration, governance, terrorism, globalization and international trade. From a developing nation perspective the course will also shed light on the debate between the Asian and Western Value systems, and thus provide a comprehensive view of people’s perceptions of the globalizing world.

Credits  3
Pre-requisite  ENG102

 

SOC217
Description

The socio-cultural and political existence of South Asian countries is often challenged by religious and cultural intolerance in recent times, although they are theoretically multi-ethnic and multi-religious countries. As a result, the socio-cultural and philosophical foundation of ethnic minorities is often neglected in the political processes in the name of democracy and economic development. In other words, the cultural identity of the ethnic and religious minorities is controlled through the politics of social exclusion and isolation. In many cases, the notion of social exclusion and isolation between the majority and minority has even spread into the thinking of the rural people of these countries. The policy of social exclusion has been used mostly to maintain and control the politics within the countries of South Asia.

This course will examine how the democratic processes uphold or fail to uphold cultural diversity within the socio-cultural and political conditions of these countries. It will also explore how religious and cultural identities and the social and philosophical foundations of the ethnic communities are addressed in the political processes in South Asia. More specifically, this course will critically examine the issues of social inclusion and exclusion, the socio-political and historical contexts and the ethical and development practices of diverse ethnic communities and development.

Credits  3
Pre-requisite  ENG102, GEN206