British Life and Culture

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    British Life and Culture

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    European Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    The aims of this module are as follows:
    i. To provide the opportunity for students to develop an understanding and
    appreciation of key aspects of contemporary British culture and society, within
    an historical context.
    ii. To introduce students to key cultural and historical sites in England and to
    encourage students to visit additional sites independently and to view such
    places in an informed and critical way.
    iii. To encourage students to make informed, critical comparisons between what
    they observe and learn of British society and culture and their own home
    societies and cultures.
    iv. To provide the inspiration and methodologies to pursue an understanding of
    other cultures, languages and ideas.

    Topics covered include:
    ? British National Identity
    ? The rise and fall of the Monarchy
    ? British Parliamentary Democracy
    ? Class and the Education System
    ? The English Theatre
    ? The British Press
    ? Popular Music & Sport
    ? Multiculturalism
    ? Britain in the World
    ? British Cinema

    ? 10 weekly 2-hour interactive lectures/workshops/screenings, sometimes
    integrated with field activities. Runs on Wednesday afternoons.
    ? 5 group fieldtrips.

    ? 2 fieldtrip papers (1000 words) (30%)
    ? Research essay (2000 words) (40%)
    ? End of module in-class test ? multiple choice/essay (30%)

Course Disclaimer

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