Course: British history

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Course title British history
Course code KAJ/DBR
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 1
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Janktová Renata, Mgr. M.A., Ph.D.
Course content
Attention is focused on important events which have influenced life in Britain and the mentality of its inhabitants since the earliest times (from migration waves before the Norman conquest via the Plantagenet and Tudor periods to stabilising the political situation after the Civil War, towards gradual democratic reform during the Industrial Revolution and the disintegration of the Empire); on personalities that played a key role in these events (e.g. Alfred the Great; William the Conqueror; Henry VIII; Elizabeth I; O.Cromwell; Queen Victoria; W. Churchill; etc.). No less important is also surveying the development of basic political, social and cultural institutions ("common law"; parliament; English Church; universities and theatre; Empire; Industrial Revolution; newspapers; electoral system; personal freedom v. class traditions) and appraising the role Britain played in European and world history.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
An introduction to British history essential for understanding the relevant context in other subjects. Attention is given to major events and the evolution of important institutions, but also to an appraisal of Britain's role in European and world history.
The basic grasp of British historical background essential for the study of literary and linguistic disciplines.
Prerequisites
Minimum entry level of English: Upper-Intermediate.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment, Interview

All examinations and consultations are held in English. Active participation in the seminar; a presentation based on the study of recommended literature.
Recommended literature
  • The Hutchinson Illustrated Encyclopedia of British History, Helicon 1995.
  • World History, from earliest times to 1800, Judge, H. (ed.), Oxford Illustrated Encyclopaedia vol.3, OUP 1988.
  • World History, from 1800 to the present day, Blake, R. (ed.), Oxford Illustrated Encyclopaedia vol.4, OUP 1988.
  • J.Cooke, T.Rowland-Entwistle:. Factbook of British History, Rainbow Books 1992.
  • J.P.Kenyon:. Dictionary of British History, Wordsworth Editions, 1994.
  • J.Randle:. Understanding Britain, Basil Blackwell 1981.
  • K.O.Morgan:. The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, OUP 1988.
  • McDowall:. An Illustrated History of Britain, Longman 1993.
  • Robson, W.:. 20th century Britain, OUP 1993.
  • Trevelyan, G.M.:. A Shortened History of Britain, Penguin Books 1963.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (1) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter