Course: Introduction to the history and culture of the English Speaking Countries

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Course title Introduction to the history and culture of the English Speaking Countries
Course code KAJ/4012
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Brandon Mark, Dr. phil.
Course content
1. Introduction; 2. Where does English come from? 3. England in the Age of Reformation; 4. The Early United States. 5. Industrial Revolution in Britain Great Britain in the Twentieth Century; 6. Industrial America; 7. The British Empire I; 8. The British Empire II; 9. The British Empire III; 10. The USA since World War II; 11: The USA since World War II; 12. The Globalization of English.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 28 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This subject is divided into two parts. The first part examines the historical, social, economic, political, and cultural development of the British Isles and other English speaking countries. The aim is to provide a contextual basis for students studying the language and literature from various historical periods. The course can be used preparation for further study in the general subject of Anglo-American Cultural Studies. The course focuses mainly on economic, cultural and social features that influenced the development of the English language. It should provide a deeper understanding of contempory potlical, economic, and cultural developments in these countries.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: - gain a basic knowledge of certain data related to the history of English-speaking people. - understand and be able to discuss problems and interpretations regarding the history of English-speaking peoples. - develop the ability to discussion important topics in this field - learn to critically evaluate contemporary events in these countries according in light of the appropriate literature
Prerequisites
There are no prerequisites for this course.

Assessment methods and criteria
unspecified
Students must score an average of 65 percent or higher on all tests, homework, papers, or quizzes assigned at the beginning of the semester.
Recommended literature
  • Bloch, M. L. The royal touch: sacred monarchy and scrofula in England and France.. London: Routledge & K. Paul, 1999.
  • Brinkley, A. American history, A survey. Part I, II.. McGraw-Hill Companies, 1999.
  • Harkness, D. E. John Dee?s conversations with angels: cabala and the end of nature.. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • Hill, C. The world turned upside down; radical ideas of the English Revolution. London: Penguin Books Press, 1991.
  • Hobsbawm, E. J. The age of empire, 1875-1914.. New York: Orion Publishing Group, 2010.
  • McCrum, R., Cran, W., & MacNeil, R. The story of English. London: Penguin Books Press, 2002.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): English Language and Literature (A14) Category: Philological sciences 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): English Language and Literature (A14) Category: Philological sciences 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): English Language and Literature (A14) Category: Philological sciences 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter