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Магистратура 2021/2022

Англоязычные страны после Второй мировой войны

Лучший по критерию «Полезность курса для расширения кругозора и разностороннего развития»
Направление: 45.04.02. Лингвистика
Когда читается: 1-й курс, 3, 4 модуль
Формат изучения: с онлайн-курсом
Онлайн-часы: 30
Охват аудитории: для всех кампусов НИУ ВШЭ
Прогр. обучения: Иностранные языки и межкультурная коммуникация
Язык: английский
Кредиты: 5
Контактные часы: 50

Course Syllabus


Designed to encourage language skills and critical thinking, the course invites students to learn about and reflect on important aspects of the history, culture, and language of English-speaking countries since 1945. Students are exposed to various materials including primary sources, analytical essays, interviews, and films and encourage to evaluate and interpret those materials and draw their own conclusions about historic, political, social, economic, and cultural phenomena of the countries both in the regional and worldwide contexts.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To provide extensive knowledge on history, geography, culture, political environment, and social life of the English speaking countries, especially the UK and the USA, since 1945.
  • To develop skills of intercultural communication in English-speaking environments in the UK and US context since 1945.
  • To further develop students’ critical thinking skills in the context of the UK and US studies.
  • To teach students to analyze historic, cultural, economic, social, and political phenomena in terms of the 5 C's of historical thinking: context, causality, change over time, contingency, and complexity.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students will adhere to British behavioral culture taking into consideration English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish attitudes, values, linguistic norms, and conversational formulas
  • Students will review the WWII immediate context and evalutate critically the role of the major English-speaking countries in it, with the focus on the U.S.
  • Students will review, analyze, and evaluate the context, causes, and effects of major political and socio-cultural events in the UK after WWII.
  • Students will review, analyze, and evaluate the context, causes, and emerging effects of the Containment and the Cold War
  • Students will review, analyze, and evaluate the U.S. identity in the language, cross- and intercultural contexts.
  • Students will review, analyze, and interpret the contexts of the Civil Rights Movement and other internal conflicts, including the tensions between the Democrats and Republicans.
  • Students will review, analyze, and interpret the major international affairs the U.S. has been involved in since 1945.
  • Students will analyze the current political situation in the UK, paying special attention to the reasons and outcomes of Brexit.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Identity in the UK.
  • 20-21 centuries. The UK as part of the world
  • Internal conflicts in the UK in modern era. What is what in modern Britain?
  • The U.S. Identity
  • The End of WWII
  • The U.S. and Russia/U.S.S.R: The Cold War and Containment
  • The U.S. International Affairs
  • The U.S. Internal Conflicts
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Final Examination
    The final exam is conducted orally and includes questions covering the materials of both Module 3 and Module 4. The final exam materials and criteria can be updated closer to the end of the course, but no later than the terms specified in the HSE University regulating documents.
  • non-blocking Online course test
    Link to the online course: https://ru.coursera.org/learn/the-south . Students do not have to complete the final test given by the platform; they will be given the one designed by their course professor(s).
  • non-blocking Quizzes/Tests
    For certain quizzes, specific sets of criteria may be applied, of which the students will be notified in advance. The number of quizzes will depend on the course dynamics.
  • non-blocking Essays
    The number of essays to be submitted will vary depending on the course dynamics.
  • non-blocking Class Participation and Home Assignments
    Class participation involves taking part in discussions, debates, round-table talks, case studies; independent preparation for seminars (information search; reading papers; watching videos; annotating and rendering the obtained materials). If a seminar is held online, class participation is graded under the condition that the student keeps their camera on. Online participation via chat only is worth 1 point maximum.
  • non-blocking Presentations
    The number of presentations will depend on the class dynamics. If a student reads the script of the presentation, they get a warning. If the reading continues, the student gets a zero.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 4th module
    0.1 * Class Participation and Home Assignments + 0.2 * Essays + 0.1 * Presentations + 0.1 * Online course test + 0.2 * Quizzes/Tests + 0.3 * Final Examination


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • A Few Lessons from American History: Reader for Students of English . — Москва : СТАТУТ, 2014. — 80 с. — ISBN 978-5-8354-1011-8. — Текст : электронный // Лань : электронно-библиотечная система. — URL: https://e.lanbook.com/book/61518 (дата обращения: 00.00.0000). — Режим доступа: для авториз. пользователей.
  • American history : a very short introduction, Boyer, P. S., 2012
  • An illustrated history of Britain, McDowall, D., 2014
  • Britain in Close-Up : an in-depth study of contemporary Britain, NEW EDITION, now with website addresses, 208 p., McDowall, D., 2006
  • Royle, E. (2012). Modern Britain Third Edition : A Social History 1750-2011 (Vol. 3rd ed). London: Bloomsbury Academic. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=435126
  • The Oxford illustrated history of Britain, , 2009
  • Голицынский, Ю.Б. Великобритания : пособие по страноведению / Ю. Б. Голицынский : [2-е изд., испр.] — Санкт-Петербург : КАРО, 2019. — 480 с. - ISBN 978-5-9925-1350-9. - Режим доступа: https://new.znanium.com/catalog/product/1047325
  • Зайцева С.Е., Щавелева Е.Н. - Curious Facts about Great Britain. (Бакалавриат и специалитет) - КноРус - 2019 - ISBN: 978-5-406-00958-1 - Текст электронный // ЭБС BOOKRU - URL: https://book.ru/book/932467

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Loewen, J. W. (2007). Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (Vol. Touchstone trade pbk. ed). New York: The New Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=516592
  • The United States since 1945 : a documentary reader, , 2009