Course: Modern Britain (culture, history, society)

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Course title Modern Britain (culture, history, society)
Course code KAJ/7MBR
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Janktová Renata, Mgr. M.A., Ph.D.
Course content

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with multi-media resources (texts, internet, IT technologies), Group work
Learning outcomes
The course seeks to develop a better understanding of political, social and cultural processes in contemporary Britain. The use of authentic multimedia material designed to provide a variety of information and perspective on the current events in British society also gives students opportunities to develop their critical interpretation and communication skills. Lectures introducing particular topics and issues are followed by seminars focused on critical discussion and analysis.
Growing insight into political, social and cultural issues characterising contemporary Britain with regard to previous historical developments.
Instruction in English. Preparation for seminar, incl. reading of set texts, active participation in seminar, presentation on chosen topic.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment, Interim evaluation

Language competence: minimum Intermediate - Upper-Intermediate
Recommended literature
  • Edgerton, David. The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A Twentieth Century History. Penguin, 2018.
  • Fox, Kate. Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour. Hodder, 2004.
  • Heffernan, Richard, (eds.). Developments in British Politics. 10th Edition. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • Childs, David. Britain since 1945, A Political History. Routledge, 2012.
  • Childs, Peter and Mike Storry. Encyclopaedia of Contemporary British Culture. EnCRC Press, 2015.
  • Jones, Ken. Education in Britain: 1944 to the Present. Polity, 2012.
  • King, Anthony and Ivor Crewe. The Blunders of Our Governments. Oneworld, 2014.
  • Moran, Michael. Politics and Governance in the UK. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
  • Morley, David and Kevin Robins (eds.). British Cultural Studies: Geography, Nationality and Identity. OUP, 2001.
  • Savage, Mike. Social Class in the 21st Century. Pelican Books, 2015.
  • Storry, Mike and Peter Childs. British Cultural Identities. Routledge, 2002.
  • The Runnymede Trust. The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain: The Parekh Report. Profile Books, 2002.

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