Course: Introduction to the history of Great Britain

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Course title Introduction to the history of Great Britain
Course code KAJ/4111
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
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
  • Brandon Mark, Dr. phil.
Course content
1. Introduction; 2. Early History of England; 3. England in the Age of Reformation 4. Political and Religious changes of the 17th century; 5. The Industrial Revolution: Why was Britain First?; 6.The Industrial Revolution: Social, economic, political, and material change; 7. The Causes of British Imperialism; 8. The Results of British Imperialism; 9. Britain and Munich (1938): The Turmoil of the 1920s and 1930s; 10. Britain and Decolonization; 11. The Post-colonial world; problems in the Commonwealth; 12. Britain and the issue of "nationality": Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 28 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This course of study is divided into two parts. The first is a survey of the social, economic, political, and cultural development of the history of Great Britain, one of the world's most influential English-speaking states. The course should provide students with select data about British History, from early England to the present, which will aid students in understanding the language and literature of 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: master select data about the history of Great Britain. Students should also understand and be able to discuss, on a basic academic level, some of the problems and interpretations regarding the history of Britain. Learn to discuss important themes related to the subject Gain an understanding and ability to critially discuss contemporary political, ecomomic, and cultural developments of this country
There are no prerequisites for this course.

Assessment methods and criteria
Seminar work, including any tests or quizzes requiring students to be prepared for every class. The average scores of all tests and quizzes must be 65 percent or higher.
Recommended literature
  • Bloch, M. L. The royal touch: sacred monarchy and scrofula in England and France.. London: Routledge, 1999.
  • Harkness, D. E. John Dee?s conversations with angels: cabala and the end of nature.. Cambridge: 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., 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