Course Catalogue

Course Code: GED 204
Course Name:
Cultural Heritage of Bangladesh
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 Name:
Introduction to Sustainable Development
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 205
Course Name:
Introduction to Sustainable Development
Credit Hours:
3.00
Detailed Syllabus:

This course introduces students to the origins, issues and processes of sustainable development (SD). It examines the current global and national issues and debates surrounding SD. It involves the students in the analysis of the problems including anthropogenic climate change in the current context. This course also critically addresses other relevant SD issues including scarcity of resources, natural disaster, food insecurity, and energy crisis. After these, the course will discuss some alternative ways (those are possibly, more sustainable) to introduce the basis of the different perceptions of sustainable development.

Course Code: GED 206
Course Name:
Introduction to Philosophy (1)
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 Name:
Principle of Economics
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 Name:
Introduction to Sociology
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 Name:
Environmental Science
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 Name:
Foreign Language
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 Name:
Introduction to Photography
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 Name:
Ethics
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.

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