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History and Culture of Great Britain

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 1, 2 модуль


Course Syllabus


This is a two-module course designed for undergraduate students of the Foreign languages and intercultural communication program who are interested in British history, culture, and literature. The course encourages students to develop lifelong knowledge and skills, including but not limited to a balanced understanding of the heritage and history of countries which constitute the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (that is, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), their cultural settings, geography, society, political system, holidays, everyday life in general, and literature. The course combines activities of a traditional (quizzes, essays, discussions etc.) and a nontraditional (debates, presentations, journal writing etc.) nature. It also envisages various research projects conducted individually or in small groups on a wide range of topics related to its subject matter.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • ● to enhance cultural awareness and competence; ● to study the bulk of the heritage and history of English-speaking countries (England, Wales, Scotland, Province of Northern Ireland), their geography, political and social systems, cultural settings, and everyday life in general; ● to engage with, reflect upon, and respond to a range of key historical issues (significant events, data of the given period, power and influence of specific political leaders, etc) as well as to discuss their importance to the modern-day state; ● to hone one’s Critical Thinking, Critical Reading, and Critical Writing skills; ● to practice English in a semi-authentic environment; ● to develop lifelong knowledge and skills which will enable students to apply their knowledge in professional, scientific, and interpersonal communication in the multi-cultural world of today.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To be able to search and analyse academic, reference, and historical literature on cultural life of the UK.
  • To be aware of the key terms and culture-specific language units.
  • To know the major concepts of British culture (to know the most prominent periods in English literary and drama history; to be familiar with the history of classical music, the main genres of folk and popular music in Great Britain).
  • To know the major concepts of British history, political and economic spheres (to be able to describe and analyse the political development of the UK, its system of government, and the party system; to be aware of the current political situation in the country and modern-day political issues).
  • To acknowledge and respect cultural diversity.
  • To recognize stereotypes and characteristics which are supposedly typical of the British.
  • To identify the key features of the British national identity.
  • To know the major concepts of British history and social life ( to know the major symbols of Englishness, Scottishness, Welshness, Irishness and Britishness; to know the composition of the UK)
  • To be able to critically evaluate information and produce clear, informed, independent opinions and judgements on English media texts.
  • To be able to search and analyse statistical data, academic, reference, and historical literature on cultural, political and social life of the UK.
  • To know the major concepts of British history and social life.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • PART 1. Languages and the language of the UK. Education in the UK.
    • The English language: the role of the language in the political and social upheavals of the contemporary world. • The development of the English language (borrowings from Latin, Germanic languages, French). Languages spoken in the UK. • Education in the UK. Public schools. Oxbridge and ‘red brick’ universities.
  • PART 2. Country and people: from past to present.
    • National identity and national character. The four nations of the UK and their national loyalties. British national identity and the dilemmas of multiculturalism. • Geographical, social, political, religious and personal identity. • Stereotypes and typical British attitudes. • People and events that shaped the country. • Monarchy in the UK.
  • PART 3. British politics, economy and international relations.
    • Political development of the country. Parliament. The party system in Parliament. The Government. The PM and his/her role in the political life of the country. • Colonization and the British Empire. The Commonwealth. International relations. Brexit. Russia and the UK. • The economic development of the country: from the Industrial Revolution to the post-Brexit UK economy.
  • PART 4. The arts.
    • Literature and theatre in the UK. • Music, fine arts and architecture in the UK.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Quizzes
    During seminars, ongoing quizzes will evaluate students’ understanding of required topics, content of required reading and/or lectures. It is up to the instructor to decide whether to give a quiz or not; students may not be warned about it in advance. The grade depends on the percentage points a student gets for the quiz (see below). Quizzes are compulsory and final and cannot be retaken. If the absence is excused, the grade for the quiz is not taken into the account. The grade for quizzes is the average grade of all the quizzes and tests taken by the student during the course.
  • non-blocking Lecture attendance and participation in lectures and seminars
  • non-blocking Creative activities
    Creative activities include making presentations and current news reports throughout the course as a way for students to demonstrate understanding and mastery in their own unique way. Each student must take part in such activities at least once in two modules. Students must complete projects on time.
  • non-blocking MOOCs
    As part of the British Studies syllabus, every student must take a free online course on a topic related to the history and culture of the UK, intercultural studies or the English language.
  • non-blocking Examination.
    Final written test - maximum grade - 10, 5 points maximum for each question.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * Creative activities + 0.4 * Examination. + 0.2 * Lecture attendance and participation in lectures and seminars + 0.1 * MOOCs + 0.1 * Quizzes


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • - История английского языка. Староанглийский период. The History of the English Language. Old English period: учебное пособие - Издательство "ФЛИНТА" - 2017 - ISBN: 978-5-9765-2851-2 - Текст электронный // ЭБС Лань - URL: https://e.lanbook.com/book/92746
  • European Commission, & Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. (2011). European arts festivals : Strengthening cultural diversity. https://doi.org/10.2777/48715
  • Middleton, R. (2010). The Oxford Handbook of British Politics. By Matthew Flinders, Andrew Gamble, Colin Hay, and Michael Kenny. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.93428C94
  • Зайцева, С.Е. Curious Facts about Great Britain. : учебное пособие / Зайцева С.Е., Щавелева Е.Н. — Москва : КноРус, 2019. — 171 с. — (бакалавриат и специалитет). — ISBN 978-5-406-00958-1. — URL: https://book.ru/book/932467 (дата обращения: 10.10.2019). — Текст : электронный.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Oakland, J. (2003). British Civilization : A Student’s Dictionary (Vol. Second edition). London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=658663