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Department of Languages

Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Tamil, BA (Hons) in Tamil

The Honors Degree Program in Tamil, conducted by the Department of Languages, seeks to produce Scholars, Innovators, Leaders and Global Citizens in the following manner:


Scholars - The Department has striven to provide the country with skilled and innovative graduates equipped with a broad knowledge base and disciplinary expertise in Tamil language and studies. They are aware of contemporary as well as historical research in the field of Tamil and able to conduct their own research and investigation in the growing information technology based global world.


Innovators - Graduates in Tamil in the Department possess a broader vision for the country in its forward march. Being imaginative, creative and inspired by a multicultural perspective, they are capable of producing men and women with measured caliber and imaginative thinking to contribute for the national development in all the relevant levels. 


Leaders - Tamil graduates take personal responsibility and seek opportunities to work with others to advance thinking and achievement in all spheres of their lives. They are confident, inspiring and influential. 


Global Citizens - Tamil Graduates who complete our degree programme are expected to be able to appreciate the role of the university and are aware of global issues. They act with integrity and fluency across cultures and perspectives, are committed to the betterment of society, open in their thinking and are appreciative of the riches that diversity and equity bring. 


Graduate Capabilities

There are six clusters of generic capabilities which the Department seeks to foster in all of its graduates through teaching and learning in the respective Honors Degree Programs of study. These, as relevant to the Honors Degree Program in Tamil, are:


1. Disciplinary Knowledge & Practice 



Graduates are expected to understand the gravity and the significance of Tamil as a language and be equipped with knowledge of its evolution of grammar and literature and very rich classical, modern literary genres, Tamil language and its associations with electronic media and technology. They should appreciate the capacity of their discipline in research. 


This theme includes the ability to

  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the core aspects of the area of study.
  • critically analyze data, make judgments and propose solution to problems.
  • construct and sustain arguments use these arguments ,ideas and techniques in problem solving.
  • use practical skills and enquiry efficiently within the area of study.
  • do research in the field of study.
  • operate fluently in the terminology, do translation and interpretation using its methods effectively.
  • use A language (Tamil), B Language( English) in Translation process effectively.
  • understand the wider trends and developments that have shaped the field of study


2. Critical Thinking 



Graduates are expected to be able to contest knowledge and practice, critically consider ideas, texts and research and think reflectively and reflexively. 


This theme includes the ability to

  • think imaginatively and innovatively.
  • evaluate problems from multiple perspectives.
  • access information and judge its pertinence.
  • introduce new dimensions to existing ones in the domestic environment.
  • enrich domestic tools of thinking.


3. Solution Seeking 



Graduates are expected to be able to apply skills, knowledge, and Language competencies to solve problems and make informed decisions. They are expected to be able to have long-term and big picture perspectives in the field. 


This theme includes the ability to

  • construct and sustain arguments and use these arguments, ideas and techniques in problem solving for a given situation.
  • understand and see language-related problems in perspective.
  • assess problems from multicultural point of view; analyze, seek and select solutions in that perspective; plan and devise strategies to achieve them.
  • widen the ways of looking at problems.


4. Communication & Engagement  



Graduates are expected to be able to receive, interpret information, and express ideas and share knowledge with diverse audiences through Tamil language and literature. They are expected to be able to establish a rapport and build collaborative relationships with individuals and groups.


This theme includes the ability to

  • communicate/present information, ideas, issues and solution efficiently and effectively.
  • demonstrate awareness of the current developments in the area of study.
  • participate actively in teams and professional networks.
  • communicate productively using ICT skills in Tamil language and literature. 


5. Independence & Integrity



Graduates are expected to be able to learn and work autonomously and ethically. They are expected to be lifelong learners, to show resilience, proactively and havethe ability to make principled decisions in academic and professional spheres. 


This theme includes the ability to

  • participate in lifelong learning in and beyond their discipline.
  • exhibit resilience, independence and personal autonomy
  • demonstrate leadership, personal characteristics and attitudes that are consistent with ethical behavior.
  • understand academic integrity and professional ethics within a disciplinary context.
  • learn independently and proactively.


6. Social & Environmental Responsibilities



Graduates are expected to be sensitive to cultural diversity and to be committed towards preserving the interests of the pluralistic society. They are expected to recognize a role for themselves in creating a future with the consideration of the social and cultural consequences of national and international issues.


This theme includes the ability to

  • consider the wider implications of local and global issues.
  • demonstrate awareness of implications of world events
  • exercise cultural competence and appreciate diversity.

Year I Semester I

TML 111 (3) Introduction to Tamil Studies


Year I Semester II

TML 121 (3) Introduction to Tamil Literature


Year II Semester I

TML 211 (3) H +G+M History of Tamil Literature & Some Major Authors 1 AD - 9 AD

TML 212 (3) H +G Theme and Practice of Translation 1

TML 213 (3) H History of Tamilology and Grammar


Year II Semester II

TML 221 (3) H +G+M Tamil Poetical Traditions

TML 222 (3) H +G Themes and Practice of Translation II

TML 223 (3) H The Grammar of the Tamil Language


Year III Semester I

TML 311 (3) H +G+M History of Tamil Literature & Some Major Authors 10th C to 20th C

TML 312 (3) H +G* Trends in Modern Tamil Literature

TML 313 (3) H +G* Introduction to Tamil Linguistics

TML 314 (3) H Tamil Literary Criticism

TML 315 (3) H Folk Literature in Tamil


Year III Semester II

TML 321 (3) H +G+M The Impact of the Electronic Media & Communications on Literature

TML 322 (3) H +G* The Development of Tamil Literature in Sri Lanka up to the End of 20th Century

TML 323 (3) H +G* Prosody in Tamil

TML 324 (3) H History of Tamil Drama

TML 325 (3) H Bharathiar’s Poems

TML 326 (3) G* Scientific Report Writing


Year IV Semester I

TML 411 (3) H Research Methodology

TML 412 (3) H Upcountry Tamil Literature


The Department has authority to offer three course units from the following:

TML 413 (3) H Feminism on Tamil Literature

TML 414 (3) H Technique of Creative Writings in Tamil

TML 415 (3) H Critical Study of Tholkaapiam

TML 416 (3) H Tamil Children’s Literature in Sri Lanka


Year IV Semester II

TML 421 (6) H Dissertation / Practical Training


G* is required to be followed by the students who obtain Tamil as a major subject in the general degree only.

SLQF Level:
General 05 | Honours 06

120 (Hons) | 100 (General)

04 Years (Hons) | 03 Years (General)

Medium of Instruction:

Delivery of Lectures:
Full time