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Rhetoric and Composition

 Course: Rhetoric and Composition (Eng/UG/12)

UG1: Semester 2 (2014)

Coordinator: Ramit Samaddar (

 The purpose of this core course is to give students a sense of how to go about executing writing assignments. As the title suggests, it is split into two modules: rhetoric and composition. While the first module will focus on figures of speech and prosody, the second module will introduce the class to the various aspects of academic writing.


Schedule (tentative):


Classes will take place on Mondays (11.10 to 12.00), Thursdays (11.10 to 12.00) and Fridays (2.10 to 3.45)


Week 1: Introduction

Weeks 2, 3 and 4: Figures of Speech

Week 5: Practice exercises

Weeks 6, 7 and 8: Prosody  

Week 9: Practice exercises

Weeks 10 and 11: Principles of academic writing; criticism; framing and supporting of an academic argument; plagiarism

Weeks 12 and 13: Systems and conventions of documentation; basics of proofing and editing

Week 14: Practice exercises

Weeks 15 and 16: Types of academic assignments: short notes, reference to the context, long essays and term papers

Week 17: Practice exercises

Week 18: Revision




Internal Assessment I: 28 February 2014

Internal Assessment II: 25 April 2014


Recommended reading:


  • R.N. Bose and T.S. Sterling, Elements of English Rhetoric and Prosody
  • Richard Lanham, A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms
  • Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Theses, Term Papers and Essays
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Seventh Edition)
  • The Chicago Manual of Style (Sixteenth Edition)


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