AJL06001 Introduction to British Studies I

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. Michael Matthew Kaylor, PhD. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Michael Matthew Kaylor, PhD.
Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 200 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/200, only registered: 0/200
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This course is an encapsulation of the history of Britain and its former colonies, with particular attention paid to the developing role of monarchical institutions and their impact on mechanisms of power, social conditions, and cultural production. Emphasis is placed on the changing discourses of British life (social, medical, ethical, religious, legal, political, monetary, scholarly, and familial), complex discourses which arose from the first Roman interchanges with the Celts, matured throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and were advanced by political, social, and cultural dynamics leading to the reign of George III.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will be able to discuss historical events with greater sensitivity and appreciation, and will have an understanding of the contexts from which those British events arose.
  • Week 1: Introduction. Weeks 2-3: Celtic and Roman Periods (BCE - 450 CE). Weeks 4-5: Anglo-Saxon Period (450 - 1066 CE). Weeks 6-7: Early Middle Ages (1066 - 1290 CE). Weeks 8-9: Later Middle Ages (1290 - 1485 CE). Week 10: Tudor Age (1485 - 1603 CE). Week 11: Stuart Age (1603 - 1688 CE). Weeks 12-13: Augustan Period (1688 - 1789 CE).
    required literature
  • The Oxford illustrated history of Britain. Edited by Kenneth O. Morgan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984, xiv, 640. ISBN 0198226845. info
    recommended literature
  • David McDowall, An Illustrated History of Britain (1989)
  • Various authors. British Studies: A Reader (Masaryk University Press, 2002)
Teaching methods
Lectures, 100 minutes per week.
Assessment methods
Assessment: A written examination constituting 100% of the credit for this term (50 questions). The questions for the exam will all come from "The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain," Chapters 1-7.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
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