|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
Available to Study Abroad students only.
• 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.
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, food and drink, and fashion. These areas of study will focus on contemporary trends and debates within a historical context.
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
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 Applicable:||Yes|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||180:00||180:00||N/A|
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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
Proficiency in all learning and skills outcomes is required to complete an extended essay and examination questions.
Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 14/15. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.
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