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LANG1005 Introduction to British Life and Institutions

Module Overview

The overarching theme of this module will be to analyse the question - "What does it mean to be British?". To do this we will consider certain topics related to Britishness, framing each in academic theory so as to be able to explore modern day Britain.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

awareness of the ways of doing, thinking and being in contemporary Britain. analysis of the range of British attitudes, practices and values an understanding of the multifaceted nature of Britain and the shifting identity loyalties of British people relating to ‘Britain’ and to their separate nations of origin, in Britain or (for immigrants) abroad, and also to their regions an understanding of the way racial, class and gender identities are played out in Britain

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the nature and working of different British institutions.
  • behaviour of British people in discussing or accessing these institutions
  • economic and social effects of British Institutions
  • differences between British institutions and those of some other European countries.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of different cultural groups that can be applied to different countries
  • team work in working on group presentations and other projects, collaborating with partners, exchanging ideas, presenting findings, and engaging in self-evaluation;
  • present ideas in a structured, coherent manner.
  • present ideas in English in a clear, well organised way.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • access a range of critical materials;
  • show greater appreciation of prevailing attitudes to British Life by benefiting from an informed opinion;
  • be more aware when interacting with British people and following current affairs of the social meanings underlying them.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • analyse cause and effect in social terms of legal institutions
  • analyse the interaction of tradition, law and public opinion in Britain in attitudes to situations and events, such as the rise in prison populations.
  • organise and present information in an academic way.

Syllabus

This module deals with: analysing and discussing concepts of Britishness using academic theories in relation to culture and society. Concepts and examples include introductions to: Devolution, regionalism, nationhood and nationalism Language and citizenship Race and ethnicity Identity, identification and social diversity Systems of class British political system Representations of British popular culture

Special Features

This course accepts students from all levels of English language ability and from all disciplines. Students will be required to write two 1,500 word essays, choosing from a list given by the lecturer.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • 1 lecture and 1 seminar per week. Learning activities include • Reading printed materials, engaging with other cultural productions including music, photography, film and other materials provided • Research for seminars and assessments • Non-assessed group presentation

TypeHours
Teaching22
Independent Study128
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1500 words) 50%
Essay  ( words) 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  ( words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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