Module Catalogue 2016/17

HSS2001 : British Culture

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Hazel Donkin
  • Owning School: Philosophical Studies & Combined Honours
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Available to Study Abroad students only.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



• To create an understanding of the complexity of the role of culture for society, groups and individuals
• To introduce students to the key tools of analysis required to critically examine British culture
• To develop students' communication skills and autonomous learning skills through the research and preparation of an extended essay
• To develop students’ ability to respond to examination questions on taught material

The module will benefit students who aim for an international career and/or expect to be working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Using a range of teaching methods students will develop an understanding of the complexity of the role of culture for society, groups and individuals. The course will focus on contemporary Britain but will also provide a historical context for areas of study such as British identity, the changing demography of Britain and British cultural expression.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course will develop an understanding of British culture through analysis of a range of topics, examples include: the class system, multiculturalism, the position of Britain in Europe, the arts, and fashion. These areas of study will focus on contemporary trends and debates within a historical context.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should have
• A sound understanding of the social structure and multicultural nature of Britain.
• Knowledge of British cultural practices
• An appreciation of distinctive critical perspectives and issues appropriate to the study of the above.
• Awareness of intellectual property

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students will develop key skills in the following areas:
• Constructive participation in critical discussion of the issues/topics studied
• Appropriate information search skills
• Use with discrimination of texts and web based sources for research on British culture
• How to work independently
• How to structure and present an extended piece of writing
• To respond to examination questions

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Present
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
      • Decision Making : Assessed
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Initiative : Assessed
      • Independence : Assessed
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Relationship Building : Present
      • Negotiation : Present
  • Application
    • Social Cultural Global Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1180:00180:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The aim of the module is to give the student scope to achieve the knowledge and skills outcomes whilst developing autonomous habits of learning. The work in each topic will be introduced through a lecture. Seminars will enable students to engage with the material through critical discussion using material drawn from texts, academic journals, arts magazines, the internet and broadsheet and broadcast journalism. Students will be encouraged to observe and analyse British culture and to consider, compare and contrast elements of this with their own country. In terms of the assignment the emphasis is on self-study.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M502,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Proficiency in all learning and skills outcomes is required to complete an extended essay and examination questions.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2016/17 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2017/18 entry will be published here in early-April 2017. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.