Cultural Studies 1
FEKT-HAC1Acad. year: 2020/2021
Cultural studies are an important part of the study of a language. Students are provided with knowledge of cultural and historical backround of English speaking countries and common habit of behaviour when using language as discourse.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Successful student of this course will be able to:
- distinguish between main varieties of English
- analyze, apply, interpret and demonstrate the main cultural differences among selected regions
- analyze, apply, interpret and demonstrate the main language differences among selected regions
- to accustom him/herself with multicultural environment
- to communicate, argue, oppose anglophone speakers with respect to their cultural tradition and language specifics
Knowledge and skills on B1 CEFR level are required prior enterring the course. For more detailed specifications please refer to Common European Framework of Refference for Languages (CEFR)
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Dr David Gowland, Dr Richard Dunphy, Dr C Lythe: The European Mosaic: Contemporary Politics, Economics and Culture, Longman, 2006
Peter Oettli: New Zealand: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette, Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 2009
David Else: British Language and Culture, Lonely Planet Publications, 2007
R.MacNeil, W. Cran: Do You Speak American? Nan A. Talese, 2004
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in Article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
40% semester test based on knowledge and skills acquiered during thhe lectures seminars and home study
60% exam - 30% oral part = presentation on a given topic
30% written part = an essay on a given topic
Language of instruction
The concept and basic features of British, European, Commonwealth and North American studies. Different ways of approach in literature and scholarly studies. Introduction to the USA: Geographies of the United States. Geographies of Britain, regional differences, etc. Points of cultural convergence and divergence in Europe. The idea of united Europe versus the individual interests and histories of traditional nations and states. An insight into the elements of European politics.
1. Introductory lesson
2. Geography of the English speaking countries and influence of the Anglo-Saxon world on the global political situation, the Commonwealth.
3. Travelling. Main differences in travelling customs around the world. The main obstacles, common situations, Airport, Hotel, Local transport, etc.
4. Cities. The importance of cities on culture. The cult of the city. Americans and the cities.
5. Technical Marvels. CN Tower, Hoover Dam and other examples. The main iconic buildings of the English speaking world and their importance for the society
6. The European Union. Political structure of the EU, history and development of the EU, what makes us European, what does it mean to be a European, Euro English as lingua franca, the future of Europe
7. Regionalization. Region: the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The British and Brutishness. Splendid isolation. Cultural specifics. UK - united and divided. British English, Colonial heritage
8. Regionalization. Region: Ireland and Northern Ireland. Ireland and Britain - love hatred relationship. Irish nationalist movement. The issue of Northern Ireland. Irish English
9. Regionalization. Region: The Mediterranean. Cultural specifics of Southern Europe. The cradle of European civilization VS Economic threat to the EU. Position of English in the region.
10. Regionalization. Region: The Indian subcontinent - India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka + Singapore and Hong Kong. How these former British colonies influence Britain and the EU. Indian English.
11. Regionalization. Region: Australia and Oceania. Specifics of Australian culture and society. Australia´s ties with Britain. Current development in the region and Australia´s position within Oceania. Australian English.
12. Regionalization. Region: Africa. South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya. How these former British colonies influence Britain and the EU. Indian English. What they meant for the British Empire and what are the current links between them. Specifics of S. African culture and society. South African English.
13. Semester Test
The aim of this course is to provide the students with knowledge of cultural background of English speaking countries and in order to improve their communication skills and abilities in critical situations and be able to identify and distinguish between main Englishes.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.
Semester last 13 weeks. Attendence on seminars is compulsory. Minimal level of attendence is set to 75%. If exceeded, missed lessons have to be substituted.