Modern Britain: Society, Culture and History
University of Reading
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4.5
Hours & Credits
Number of credits: 5 ECTS credits
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring (Double presentation)
Summary module description:
This module is ONLY AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS ON THE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMME. It aims to provide a broad-based introduction to key aspects of modern British society, culture, politics and history, identifying present issues and future perspectives. Topics explored will include cultural identity, multiculturalism, economy, law and civil society, as well as education, religion, languages, arts and culture, media and sport.
Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities.
The module aims at providing students with:
An introduction to key aspects of life in Britain today
An introduction to key political and historical events, debates and people in Modern Britain
An appreciation of the complexity of what it means to be British today.
Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the course students will be able to:
Identify key aspects of life in Britain today
Recognise key political and historical events, debates and people in Modern Britain
Students will be involved group activities and discussions and will develop an awareness of the complexity of life in Britain today.
Students will develop an ability to understand and discuss the language of media, especially with regards to current affairs.
The module will consists of two weekly interactive lectures on key aspects of modern British society, culture, politics and history. Topics explored will include cultural identity, multiculturalism, economy, law and civil society, as well as education, religion, languages, arts and culture, media and sport. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on and discuss their cultural background and the similarities and differences with life in Britain today.
Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will consist of two weekly interactive lectures. Students will be encouraged to read/ watch multimedia and research topics of interest in between lectures.
Terms in which taught: Autumn (repeated in Spring)
Seminars: 20 hours
Guided independent study: 80 hours
Total hours for module100.00
Summative Assessment Methods:
Method - Percentage
Class test administered by School - 100%
Formative assessment methods:
In order to consolidate and develop their learning, students will be encouraged to complete regular tasks – in class and outside – on which feedback is provided.
Length of examination: A one-hour paper
Requirements for a pass: 40%
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