HSS2001 : Introduction to British Culture (Inactive)


Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


- 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

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 of topics may include: social class, multiculturalism, the arts, home and family life in Britain, film and television, fashion and music, and contemporary Britain. Areas of study (which may change each academic year) will focus on contemporary trends and debates within a historical context.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Guest lecture linked to fieldwork
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00Film screenings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork16:006:00Fieldwork
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1167:00167:00N/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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A1004,000 words
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MEssay plan
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Formative feedback will be given during the Semester via seminar tasks and an essay plan. Proficiency in all learning and skills outcomes is required to complete the summative essay question. The end of module essay will allow students to choose from all topics explored throughout the module.

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