Course: British Cultural Studies 3

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Course title British Cultural Studies 3
Course code KAJ/4145
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
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.
  • Holland Martin, MgA.
Course content
1.The Origins of Britishness-Myths of Origin Fraudulent and Romantic historie. 2.The Marriage of Church and State- The Golden Age,Shakespeare and national identity. 3.English Metrical innovations and the power of poetry in British Identity. 4.Landmark texts and historical events in generating national identity. 5.Rurality and the mythology of the bucolic- The Green and Pleasant Land. 6.The One Golden Afternoon- Childhood and Nostalgia in British Fiction. 7.Cosy Catastrophes - British Dystopian Literature and TV. 8.Internal Schisms - The Disunited Kingdom. 9.The Politics of the English Language - Proper English and Regional Expression. 10.Resignifying masculinity and feminity in the UK

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 28 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This course takes the courses British Cultural Studies 1 and 2 a step further. The aim of this course is to introduce students to a very experienced and highly emotionally charged issue of British cultural identity. In order to achieve a deeper understanding of these aspects the course offers a study of a number of diverse texts from myths, legends over, to the nature of propaganda texts and politically rhetorical texts, texts from the period of Enlightenment and the Romantic period.
By the end of this course students should: - Understand the cultural nature of texts, discuss whether they express general or characteristic traits of people and based on these texts decide whether widespread stereotypes about the British are actually true.; - Compare these emotionally charged narrative forms, such as propaganda, political manifestos, repetitive themes in films, drama or television programmes and determine which ideas are expressed through them; - Learn to estimate a evaluate the myths and legends and their emotional burden on the British culture.
There are no prerequisites for this course.

Assessment methods and criteria
Students are evaluated based on their participation in the discussions. Being able to talk about topics discussed in the assigned literature indicates the student has read these texts and is ready show critical thinking relating to the field of study. Credits are awarded to students who have acceptable attendance, participate in discussions, fulfill the obligations associated with the specified tasks (micro presentation, in-class round table discussions, etc..), they submit their final paper, which will be assessed at least a minimum pass mark and the student successfully completes the final test.
Recommended literature
  • Ackroyd, P. Albion - the origins of the English imagination. London: Chatto& Windus, 2002.
  • Giles, J. & Middleton, T. Writing Englishness 1900 - 1950 an introductory sourcebook on national identity. New York: Routledge, 1995.
  • Giles, J. The English. London: Penguin, 1999.
  • Jones, B. Politics of the UK. Harlow: Pearson/Longman, 2007.
  • Morley, D. & Robins, K. British cultural studies. Oxford: OUP, 2001.
  • Storry, M. & Childs, P. British cultural identities. Oxon: Routledge, 2012.
  • Turner, G. British cultural studies: An introduction. Oxon: Routledge, 2003.

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 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer