PG Courses Humanities & Social Sciences

  • HUL601 KANT - Theoretical Philosophy, 3 (3-0-0)

    This course is an invitation to read works of  Kant that constitute his theoretical philosophy. These works include selections from treatises of  the pre-critical period, significant portions of Critique of Pure Reason, Metaphysical Foundations of  Natural Sciences, and Prolegomena to any Future Metaphysics, and a small part of Opus Postpartum.

    The course will focus on the following issues : the nature of the critical project; transcendental arguments, deduction of categories, unity of apperception, refutation of idealism, critique of metaphysics, response to skepticism, neologisms and so on. Students who enroll for this course would be expected to read the original works and the required secondary material (which will be identified from time to time), write a paper (consisting of not more than 20 pages) and  appear for the end-semester examination.


    HUL602 KANT - Practical Philosophy, 3 (3-0-0)

    Perhaps, after the Greeks, no moral theory has been as influential as that of Kant. This course aims at a study of Kant’s works that form the architectonic of his practical philosophy: Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, Critique of Practical Reason, Metaphysics of Morals and his essay, “On the Old Saying: This May be Right in Principle But Wrong in Practice”. The issues this course will address, in the course of a close reading of these texts, include: aspects of volition, autonomy, the transformation of natural law within Kant’s system, categorical imperative and hypothetical imperatives, kingdom of ends formula, the doctrine of right, implications of Kant’s moral theory for liberalism and so on.Students who enroll for this course would be expected to read the original works and the required secondary material (which will be identified from time to time), write a paper (consisting of not more than 20 pages) and appear for the end-semester examination.


    HUL603 HEGEL - System and Metaphysics, 3 (3-0-0)

    Undoubtedly, one of the defining characteristics of German Idealism (or post-Kantian German philosophy) is the penchant for constructing encyclopedic systems that seek to encompass topics ranging from logic understood as a doctrine of categories to systematic reflections on the trajectory of word history. In this regard, no idealistic system from this period shows as much comprehensiveness as that of Hegel, which, ironically, has also been taken to task for this very feature. This course intends to understand the motivations for the architectonic of Hegel’s systems in the following ways: (1) understand the methodology that Hegel employs for deduction and examine whether the moves he makes are warranted; and (2) whether the details available in the parts of the system really allow for formation of the entire system in terms of coherence. While this course will primarily consider  Encyclopedia Login as the seminal text, we shall also study the role of Phenomenology of Spirit in serving as a prophetical to the system.Students who enroll for this course would be expected to read the original works and the required secondary material (which will be identified from time to time), write a paper(consisting of not more than 20 pages) and appear for the end-semester examination.


    HUL604 HEGEL - Practical Philosophy, 3 (3-0-0)

    Hegel’s Elements of Philosophy of Right is one of the landmark in the history of political thought, along with Hobbes’s Leviathan, Locke's Two Treatises, Rousseau’s Social Contract and the Second Discourse, and Mill’s Considerations on Representative Government. Like the lecture courses Hegel delivered towards the end of his life, Elements is at once an attempt at a critical history of political ideas and a systematic treatise in its own right. During the course, the primary task at hand would be to identify the methodological innovations and construct a historical narrative, which, in turn, provides both a historical critique and facilitates a systematic account of the typology of freedom, state, civil society, building, institutions and so on.Students who enroll for this course would be expected to read the original works and the required secondary material (which will be identified from time to time), write a paper (consisting of not more than 20 pages) and appear for the end-semester examination.


    HUL605 Liberalism and its Critics, 3 (3-0-0)

    Modern liberalism is founded on a theory of individual rights, anti-paternalism, negative liberty, private-public distinction, private property, democracy, and a non-partisan attitude towards lifestyle and religions. This course will consider writing of liberal thinkers such as Locke, Mill, Kant, Berlin, Rawls and No zick, to explore the themes mentioned earlier. This course will also consider critiques of liberalism that have been made available from a range of philosophical/political positions, such as libertarianism, egalitarianism, Marxism, communitarianism and feminism. Through a contrapuntal reading of the liberal position and those of the critics, this course will aim to bring to relief the issues surrounding alleged reconciliation between liberty and equality within liberalism, the nature of the contract, the historical conception of this subject, distribution, and possibility of allowing competitive practices and so on.Students who enroll for this course would be expected to read the original works and the required secondary material(which will be identified from time to time) write a paper (consisting of not more than 20 pages) and appear for the end-semester examination.


    HUL606 Rights in History, 3 (3-0-0)

    The aim of this course is to find an answer to the question: is the concept of rights a palimpsest? This course will be an attempt to understand how, I its long history and whose scattered sources of origin can be located in the writings of Stoics, the concept of right, for all its unequivocal connotations, has come to be a collection of disparate elements, comprising conceptual fragments, theories, folk reactions, crude distinctions that are useful in highly specific practical contexts, and tacit value assumptions. In answering this question, the course will focus on the possibility of thinking about rights within the framework of genealogical inquiry. Accordingly, the reading for the course will be drawn from a wide variety of sources, ranging from the writings of Stoics to that of natural law tradition, medieval political theology to issues of trade in the early modern period and the rise of various social classes.Student who enrolls this course would be expected to read the original works and the required secondary material (which will be identified from time to time), write a paper (consisting of not more than 20 pages) and appear for the end-semester examination.


    HUL607 English Syntactic Structure, 3 (3-0-0)

    The aim of the course is to introduce students to the theory of Syntax in general and to the study of the syntactic structure of English in particular. The concept and notions of different elements of syntax as well as practical syntactic analysis of sentences taken from English and other languages give the students an in-depth knowledge of the function of human languages at the syntactic level. The course will begin with general concepts of grammar and other linguistic elements and move towards the precise study of syntax of English in terms of words, phrases and clauses. Examination of syntactic structures and to see how they are formed, assigned,represented and tested is the goal of this course.


    HUL608 Topics in Optimality theory, 3 (3-0-0)

    Goals of linguistic theory- Theory of constraints – Lexicon optimization – Architecture of OT grammar – Syllable structure and economy – Metrical structure – Constraint interaction – Distributional restriction – Constraint viability – Emergence of the unmarked – Learning algorithm – case studies (World languages)


    HUL609 Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, 3 (3-0-0)

    Introduction, Neurocognitive methods, EEG/ERP, ERP Components: ELAN, N400, LAN, P600. Neurocognitive models of language comprehension, syntactic processing, semantic processing, Phonological processing, Neurocognition of language comprehension and Indian languages.


    HUL610 Self and Society, 3 (3-0-0)

    The self in personality theories  :

    Type and trait approaches

    Psychoanalytic approaches

    Humanistic & existential approaches

    The social self  :

    Development of the self

    Cultural roots of the self

    Symbolic interaction.

    The biological self  :

    Genetic contribution to personality

    The brain and self

    Embodied cognition


    HUL611 Technical Communication, 3(2-1-0)

    The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the principles of effective, audience centered technical communication. The course requires students to become familiar with the nature of communication, and discusses process of communication, non-verbal communication, business communication and barriers to communication. It also deals with global, ethical and legal aspects of communication. The course provides students with practice in writing letters,resumes and informal and formal reports.Finally, students are taught elements of style in writing and how to organize and present technical material orally in an effective manner.


    HUL612 Research Methodology and Statistics, 3 (3-0-0)

    Purpose and nature of research; Research ethics Research proposal and literature review: Defining the problem; Finding and managing information; Developing and stating hypotheses.Data collection: Observation; Experiments; Survey; Case study; Secondary data Measurement: Qualitative and Quantitative measurement; Scales of measurement; Reliability and validity of measurement.Sampling, Normal distribution; Parametric and non parametric statistical; significance of statistics. Statistics: Descriptive and inferential statistics; Correlation; t ration; Regression analysis; Analysis of Variance; structural Equation Modeling. The research report; writing a thesis; writing for publication


    HUL613 Corpus Linguistics, 3 (3-0-0)

    Introduction, Corpus, Early phase, Chomskyan Revolution, generation different types of corpus, Types of Annotation, Multilingual corpora, Qualitative vs Quantitative analysis, Frequency counts, Statistical analysis of corpus, Use of Corpus (in speech, grammar, semantics, psycholinguistics, pragmatics, stylistics etc.), corpus based approach of language processing.


    HUL614 Computational Phonology, 3 (3-0-0)

    Introduction to computational phonology- Optimality Theory- Phonological complexity- Two-level phonology- Concept of Finite state transducer and cascade- Paradigms of machine learning- Evaluation algorithm for OT system- Chomsky hierarchy- Karttunen method- Probabilistic model- Speech corpora- TTS.


    HUL615 Literary Theory, 3(2-1-0)

    The course introduces students to literary theory and examines the relationship between theory and philosophy, the question of what literature is and does, the emergence of literary theory in the history of modern criticism, and the nature of discourse. Students are expected to become familiar with the following: Liberal humanism,structuralism, post structuralism and deconstruction, Postmodernism, psychoanalytic criticism, feminist criticism, Marxist criticism, new historicism and cultural materialism, postcolonial criticism, stylistics, narratology, ecocriticism and theory after ‘theory’.


    HUL616 Canadian literature, 3(2-1-0)

    Poetry: The work of three significant Canadian poets will be read in this unit. Each poet is introduced as an individual first with background information to set the stage for the poetry readings. Students are responsible for reading and studying all of the poetry in this unit. However, there is considerable choice in the assignments they must do. Within the choice, students will complete five poetry assignments by the end of the unit. Students will reflect upon, discuss and write about the images used by the poet's, personal connections students make to the poem, comparisons with other poems they have read on similar themes, poetic devices.

    Short Stories: Three short stories by three different writers are studied in this unit. Students will complete two formative assessment writing tasks for feedback and two summative writing tasks for evaluation. Students will read their work, be provided with notes on the story and then be asked to think specifically about themes and characters presented.

    Novel Study: In this unit students will read two novels by two Canadian novelists. The questions will cause students to read between and beyond the lines and reflect on their own experiences. Polished reflective writing is the main task of this unit.

    Drama: The nature of Canadian drama will be interrogated. Three Canadian plays by three Canadian dramatists will be taken up for study, and the styles and themes of the plays will be examined.


    HUL617 World Literature, 3(2-1-0)

    This course will survey major world authors from a variety of countries, including the U.S and Britain. Students may read, write and discuss a variety of world literature including Russian, Australian, South American, African, Asian and others. They will attempt to identify and analyze a variety of major works of world literature and discuss the characteristics of the major periods of world literature. The students will also discuss major literary genres that have emerged, and will compare and contrast writing styles and generic forms from different periods and cultures and identify major themes of representative poetic, fictional and dramatic works. They are also expected to trace the influence of one literature upon another.


    HUL618 Research Methodology in language and Literature, 3(2-1-0)

    Theoretical Background: Meaning, Nature and Scope of Research; Difference between writing a popular article and research paper; a book and a dissertation.

    Methodology and approaches: Selection of Research Topic; Plan of work, Thesis Statement and its Feasibility; Survey of different critical approaches, Selection of a particular approach.

    Micro and Macro analysis Material Collection: Primary and Secondary Sources, Reliability of Sources Preparatory Steps: Writing of Synopsis, Literary Survey; Collection, Listing and Organization of Material, Note making, Use of Note cards and Reference Cards

    Mechanics of Writing: Single and multi Tier Division of Chapters, Writing of the Main Chapters, Preparation and Presentation of Conclusions, Presentation of References, Working Bibliography, Indexing, Indexing, Use of MLA Style Sheet.


    HUL619 The Novel as a Genre, 3(2-1-0)

    Background Survey: Fiction as a Genre, the meaning of fiction, fact in fiction, types of fiction.

    Development of the Novel: Storytelling and Novel, the four Wheels of the Novel Epistolary Techniques, Novel in the 19th Century.

    Science and Novel: Impact of Science & Technology on the Novel, changing Social Realities and their Reflection in the novel, Science Fiction.

    Modernity: Concept of Modernity in the novel, the changing concept of Time, Stream of Consciousness techniques, the changing art of characterization.

    Structural Pattern: Narrative Techniques, Plot and Structure, various theories of Interpretation.Techniques, Novel in the 19th Century.

    Global Art Form: Development of the Novel as an art form in Europe, Africa, America, Australia and India; influence of localized tendencies and movements.


    HUL620 Fantasy Literature & Science Fiction, 3(2-1-0)

    Historical overview of the development of fantasy and science fiction; Definitions of key terms and techniques; In each work, primary focus on theme, with attention to narrative structure and characterization; Understanding the various trends developing in the genre; Discussion of the role of fantasy and science and technology in modern life, as reflected in the works; Exploration of the fruitful connections between fantasy and science fiction and postmodernism; Comparative analyses as well as close individual readings of specific texts; Exploration of the varieties of otherness in fantasy and science fiction.


    HUL621 Applied Econometric, 3 (3-0-0)

    Stages in Empirical Econometric Research; introduction to Statistical and Econometric Software Packages (EVIEWS, STATA, RATS MFIT); Working with Basic Data Handling; Misspecification; Functional Forms; Model Selection; Qualitative Data; Time Series Models and Forecasting; Panel Data Models; Discrete Choice Models, etc.


    HUL622 Financial Institutions and Corporate Finance, 3 (3-0-0)

    This course will mainly covers theories of Corporate finance, Financial intermediation and Portfolio Theories.

    1. Financial Markets (10): Analysis of Financial Markets-Fundamental analysis, Technical analysis, Efficient Market Hypothesis. (Advance Level)

    2. Portfolio Theories (10): Mean Variance Criterion-Systematic & Unsystematic risk/Portfolio Diversification-Simple & Markowitz Efficient Frontier & Capital Market Line/Capital Asset Pricing Model(CAPM)/Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT).

    3. Financial Intermediation (10): (a) A brief discussion of theories about necessity of financial intermediation, in general. (b) Bank Intermediary-Special role of banks, Industrial Organization approaches to banking. (c) Banking runs, role of deposit insurance, role of banking regulations, role of prudential norms. (d). A discussion of Basel Accord in this context.

    4. Corporate Finance (10): (a). Theories of Capital Structure: (i) Modigliani-Miller Hypothesis revisited (ii). Agency Cost theories. (iii). Theories relating to Asymmetric Information: Pecking order hypothesis and Signaling. (iv). A flavor of other theories about capital structure. (b). Dividend policy-forms of dividends-Lintner model-dividend irrelevance hypothesis-role of taxes, transaction costs, agency problems and asymmetric information. (c) Corporate finance and product markets.


    HUL623 Multiethnic Literature of United States, 3(2-1-0)

    This course will introduce students to a selection of multiethnic literatures of the United States through a comparative framework. It will involve a close reading and analysis of both key primary texts and influential criticism and theoretical writings, including, but not limited to, postcolonialism, narratology, deconstruction and globalization. Key aims for the course are to understand the relationship between literature, ethnic populations and the culture and social aspects of immigration. The exploration of this important body of literature will be guided by two central questions: what does literature by ethnic authors tell us about processes of identity formations? How does ethnicity shape the way authors tell stories and narrate the histories of their communities? To approach these questions about the relationship between identity and storytelling, issues of history and memory, migration and displacement, and forms of belonging and non-belonging in the United States will be examined. Further, the intricate relations among race, ethnicity, nation, class, generation and gender will be scrutinized in order to come to terms with the aesthetic and political dimensions of this literature.


    HUL624 Diaspora and postcolonial Studies, 3(2-1-0)

    The course examines the historical and contemporary movements of peoples and the complex problems of identity and experience to which these movements give rise as well as the creative possibilities that flow from the movement. Diaspora in contemporary thought involves the shifting relations between homelands and host nations from the perspective of those who have moved, whether voluntarily or not. Diaspora emphasizes the inescapable lived translocal experiences of many migrant communities that exceed the boundaries of the nation-state. Questions of nostalgia, of the dynamics of co-ethnic identification, of the politics of homeland and host nation, and of the inter-generational shifts in responses to all these are central to studies of diaspora. Various forms of dislocation such as exile, diaspora and migration have been explored in both postcolonial theory and literary texts. This course will investigate how and why these phenomena have become central to postcolonial thought. Under the generalized rubric of diaspora, this course will engage with some of the following issues: the experiences of displacement and homelessness, the ideologies of home and nation, the cultures of diaspora and the politics of multiculturalism, and the new phenomena of borders and borderlands. As diaspora is a multidisciplinary field, the course will draw on writings in various disciplines including post-structuralist theory, literary studies and cultural studies. Writers to be studied will include Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, Gloria Anzaldua, Paul Gilroy, Stuart Hall, James Clifford, Arjun Appadurai, Jacques Derrida, Deleuze and Guattari, Rey Chow, V. S Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Vijay Mishra and Amitav Ghosh.


    HUL625 Experimental Linguistics, 3(2-0-2)

    Principles and techniques of experimental design and research in linguistics, linguistic theory and experimental questions, the development of theoretically motivated hypotheses, designing linguistic experiments, data analysis (statistical analysis), data reporting.


    HUL626 Globalization and Change, 3 (3-0-0)

    Nature and Dynamics of Globalisation; The Global Local Dichotomy; Globalisation and its impact on language, communication and media; Globalisation trade and economy; The role of multinational corporations and international agencies of finance; Globalisation and cultural; homogenisation and dominance; Diasporic communities ethnic communities and movements; Consequences of global Choice of Location, FDI and Spatial Dimension of Regional Spillover, FDI and Economic Geography, Spatial Economy and International Trade, Congestion Costs, Market Failure and Urban Sprawl, Fujita and Thisse (1996) and Fujita (1989) Model of Knowledge Spillover, Optimal City Size in a Spatial Economy, Spatial

    Agglomeration and Endogenous Growth lization; discontents and different Perceptions.


    HUL627 Topics  in Development Economics, 3 (3-0-0)

    Views of development, measurement of economic development, growth vs development. Evolution of Institutions and their role in an economic development, role of financial Institutions on economic development, social networks as institutions, interaction and interdependence between formal and informal Institutions, impact of such interactions on economic development, social network as a source of informal credit and insurance. Micro finance mechanisms, peer selection, peer monitoring and dynamic incentives, solution to moral hazard, adverse selection, and costly state verification, Concept of informal sector, Evidence from developing countries, Determinants of size of informal sector & its linkage structure with the rest of the economy, role of informal sector in economic development.


    HUL628 Topics in International Economics, 3 (3-0-0)

    Theories of International Trade, International Movements of Capital, the Balance of Trade and other Measures of International Transactions, the Mundell-Fleming Open Economy Model, Exchange Rate Overshooting Model, Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), Saving-Investment Dynamics, Current Account Dynamics and Real Exchange Rate, International Finance (Financial Flows, World Bank/IMF, the Role of Multinational Corporations, Foreign Direct Investment, Capital and Labour Mobility), Crises in Emerging Markets: Causes, Solutions, and Prevention, Problems Faced by Transition Economies, Challenges of Developed Countries.


    HUL629 Advanced Topics in Economic Geography and Urban Economics, 3 (3-0-0)

    Choice of Location, FDI and Spatial Dimension of Regional Spillover, FDI and Economic Geography, Spatial Economy and International Trade, Congestion Costs, Market Failure and Urban Sprawl, Fujita and Thisse (1996) and Fujita (1989) Model of Knowledge Spillover, Optimal City Size in a Spatial Economy, Spatial Agglomeration and Endogenous Growth.