Guided Reading

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreNA4

Semester and Year Offered: Semester 2

Course Coordinator and Team: Prof. Amol Padwad (C)

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Pre-requisites: pre-doctoral


This course connects the researcher, literature, and the supervisor through the act of reading and analyzing domain-specific discourses. The course is centered around:

  • identification of key texts pertaining to the chosen area in consultation with the supervisor
  • identification of possible research questions of interest
  • prepare an annotated bibliography pertaining to identified topic
  • produce a review of literature

The key activities of the course involve close reading of the texts, identification of themes and issues, exploring the deployed methodology and analysis, locate the themes in broader domains, and preparing review.


  • Encourage and facilitate students to critically engage with academic literature on a particular theme for the purpose of comparison and review and understand the debates and dialogues
  • Lead students towards self-directed inquires and articulate a critical understanding of the literature

Expected learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to critically read and analyse text
  • Demonstrate ability to synthesize, integrate and build an argument drawing from the reading
  • Identify areas and issues/themes of interest
  • Formulate for academic engagement
  • Engage in self-directed study on a particular area

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

The key tasks to be carried out by the scholar in this course are listed below. This is an indicative list. A more specific plan for individual scholars will be worked out at the beginning of the course.

  • Survey of literature for identification of themes and issues
  • Prepare reading lists and annotated bibliography
  • Identify relevant texts
  • Prepare a reading plan
  • Compare and evaluate varied positions in literature
  • Explore methodology and analysis
  • Present an overview of reading
  • Write a literature review

Specific readings relevant to each case will be identified in consultation with the supervisor. Some general useful resources for effective reading are given below:

  • Henderson, E. (2015). The Active Reader: Strategies for academic reading and writing. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • McWhorter, K. T. and Sember, B M. (2014). Academic Reading. Harlow: Pearson.
  • Comley, N. R., Hamilton, D., Klaus, C. H., Scholes, R. and Sommers, N. (2001). Fields of Reading: Motives for Writing. New York, NY: Bedford.

Assessment plan:

  • Annotated bibliography and reading lists – 30%
  • Literature Review – 40%
  • Portfolio assessment – 30%

[*Assessment plans may be revised if necessitated by circumstances.