Introduction to British and American Studies: History and culture for teachers



Course information

Title

Introduction to British and American Studies:

History and culture for teachers

Lecturer

Zoltán Vajda

Course code

TO-ANGT101, Introduction course

Credit

3

Location

 

Time

 

Course description

Short description

This course is designed to introduce students to the study of British and American history and culture. They are expected to familiarize themselves with the major processes and connections of British and American history as well as the various registers of English-speaking cultures. In addition, they will get an intimate glimpse into the process of cultural canon formation, problems of cultural identity, as well as into the basic problems of religion, urbanization, modernity, youth cultures, technology, immigration, regionalism, gender and sexuality. Those having completed this course successfully will master the terminology of the field and have comprehensive knowledge of various approaches to the study of American and British culture. The course concludes with a written final examination.

 

Schedule

1 Introduction

2 British political systems through history

3 Society and its classes: minorities, immigrants, multicultural Britain

4 Religion and education

5 Cultural life and the media

6 20th century counterculture and subculture: beginnings of study

7 The 21st century cultural field

8 US geography (October 25)

9 Native American cultures

10 Ethnic groups

11 Civil rights

12 Politics

13 Religion

14 Media

Semester

Fall

Requirements

Requirements to get the grade

The course concludes with a written exam based the exam topics and assigned readings.

 

Reading list

John Oakland, British Civilization: An Introduction (London and New York: Routledge, 2002).

David Mauk and John Oakland, American Civilization (Routledge, 2005)

 

Suggested reading list