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The Culture and history of Great Britain Course

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Course ID: 4101-1SKHWBO
Erasmus code / ISCED: 05.1 Kod klasyfikacyjny przedmiotu składa się z trzech do pięciu cyfr, przy czym trzy pierwsze oznaczają klasyfikację dziedziny wg. Listy kodów dziedzin obowiązującej w programie Socrates/Erasmus, czwarta (dotąd na ogół 0) – ewentualne uszczegółowienie informacji o dyscyplinie, piąta – stopień zaawansowania przedmiotu ustalony na podstawie roku studiów, dla którego przedmiot jest przeznaczony. / (0110) Education, not further defined The ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) code has been designed by UNESCO.
Course title: The Culture and history of Great Britain Course
Name in Polish: Kultura i historia Wielkiej Brytanii 1
Organizational unit: University College of English Language Teacher Education
Course groups:
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): (not available) Basic information on ECTS credits allocation principles:
  • the annual hourly workload of the student’s work required to achieve the expected learning outcomes for a given stage is 1500-1800h, corresponding to 60 ECTS;
  • the student’s weekly hourly workload is 45 h;
  • 1 ECTS point corresponds to 25-30 hours of student work needed to achieve the assumed learning outcomes;
  • weekly student workload necessary to achieve the assumed learning outcomes allows to obtain 1.5 ECTS;
  • work required to pass the course, which has been assigned 3 ECTS, constitutes 10% of the semester student load.

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Language: English
Type of course:

obligatory courses

Short description:

The course will cover aspects of British history and culture in a thematic rather than a purely chronological way.

Full description:

The course will cover aspects of British history and culture in a thematic rather than a purely chronological way. Starting with consideration of the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom and how they came together, the course will go on to discuss topics including prehistoric, Celtic, Roman, Anglo-Saxon Britain, and the beginning of modern Britain; the evolution of the English language; major developments in the arts and architecture.

This course has been structured in such a way that the student may gain not only an overview of British history and culture, but also some experience in the use of primary and secondary sources. Primary and secondary source readings are intended to provide a deeper understanding of certain important developments in British history and culture, as well as an ability of cultural interpretation.

The aim of this course is to give a broad understanding of the way in which contemporary Britain has been shaped and influenced by its history and culture. Having completed the course, students should have some insight into the development of British society and will have gained a good knowledge of selected areas of British life, history and culture.

Course Content and Schedule

1.Geography and Topography of the British Isles.

2.Prehistoric and Ancient Britain: Paleolithic, Neolithic, Celtic and Roman Britain.

3.Medieval Britain: Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman England.

4.Consolidation of Medieval England. Chivalry. Feudalism.

5.Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Mythology. Arthurian Legends. Christianity.

6.Medieval Culture.

7.The Early Development of the English Language.

8.Tudor England.

9.The Reformation.

10.Elizabethan and Jacobean Culture.

11.Stuart England.

12.The English Civil War.

13.The Restoration.

14.The Glorious Revolution.

15.The Constitutional Monarchy.

16.Overseas expansion.

17.Transformation of Britain in the 18th Century. Society, Culture and Politics.

18.The Scientific Revolution.

19.Napoleonic Wars.

20.Growth of the Empire.

21.The Industrial Revolution. Growth of Industrial Cities and Working-class Life.

22.Victorian Culture.

23.The Edwardian Period.

24.World War I and Interwar Britain.

25.World War II and Postwar Economic, Social and Cultural Transformations.

26.Angry Young Men Movement in Literature and Cinema.

27.Decolonisation and Devolution.

28.Contemporary Britain: Government.

29.Contemporary Britain: Education System.

30.Contemporary Britain: Popular and High Culture

31.Ireland: History, Culture. Customs. Government.

32.Scotland: History, Culture. Customs.

33.Wales: History, Culture. Customs.


35.Written Examination (90 minutes).


The main textbook:

McDowall, David. An Illustrated History of Britain. Harlow: Longman, 1991, or subsequent editions.

Other recommended textbooks:

Diniejko, A., English-Speaking Countries: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland. Warsaw: WSiP, 1999;

Ford, B. ed., 1992, The Cambridge Cultural History of Britain' Cambridge: CUP, 1992;

Morgan, K. ed., The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain. Oxford: OUP, 1992.

Room, A. An A-Z of British Life. Dictionary of Britain. Oxford: OUP, 1996.

Learning outcomes:


K_W01 the student has a basic knowledge of British culture and history, which has practical application in English language teaching at school education H1P_W01

K_W02 the student has a comprehensive area of knowledge, covering selected areas of British culture and history, which has practical application in English language teaching. H1P_W02

K_W03 the student has an understanding of basic academic terms pertaining to British culture appropriate for teaching foreign languages H1P_W03


K_U01 the student can search, analyze, evaluate, select and use information using various sources and methods H1P_U01

K_U02 the student knows how to acquire knowledge and develop professional skills related to foreign language teaching H1P_U02 K_U09 the student has the ability to substantiate arguments using the views of other authors and to formulate H1P_U10 applications.

K_U12 the student has the ability to prepare oral presentations, in English, on specific topics, using basic theoretical approaches as well as various sources of H1P_U13.


K_K01 the is aware of the level of their knowledge and skills, understands the need for continuous professional development and personal development, self-assesses their skills and improves their skills, sets their own directions for development and education H1A_K01 H1A_K04 S1A_K02

K_K05 the student is aware of the responsibility for preserving the cultural heritage of the region, country, Europe, multilingualism and multiculturality in relation to British society H1P_K05

K_K10 the student recognizes and formulates the moral and ethical issues, related to their own and others' work, and is constantly searching for the best solutions and acts in accordance with the principles of ethics H1A_K04 S1A_K04

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

The evaluation includes knowledge, ability to associate facts, events and ideas in the history and culture of the British Isles, independent thinking and ability to transfer acquired knowledge and skills in this field in the English language, in the oral and written form.

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