AJL06002 Introduction to British Studies II

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Stephen Paul Hardy, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Michael Matthew Kaylor, PhD. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jan Čapek, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Stephen Paul Hardy, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies – Faculty of Arts
Thu 16:00–17:40 C33, except Thu 18. 4.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 200 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 129/200, only registered: 0/200, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/200
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
This course engages the broad cultural dynamics of Britain and its former colonies, with particular attention paid to the developing role of 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, were advanced by the establishment of Britain's almost-global dominance during the reign of Victoria, were impacted by the two World Wars, and continue to develop into the Britain we see today. Unlike 'Introduction to British Studies I', this course will concentrate primarily on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The required texts will be introduced in the first lecture of the semester and are available from the library in e-prezencka form.
At the end of the course, students will be able to discuss cultural theories with greater sensitivity and appreciation, and will have an understanding of the contexts from which those theories arose as well as situations in which they can be aptly applied in dealing with Britain.
Learning outcomes
Students completing the course will have a more detailed grasp of nineteenth and twentieth century Britain, particularly in terms of its cultural and political history.
  • Week 1.Nineteenth Century: Introduction Week 2.1800-1830 Week 3.1830-1880 Week 4.1880-1900 Week 5.Twentieth Century: Introduction Week 6.1900-1914 Week 7.1914-1939 Week 8.1939-1960 Week 9.1960-1979 Week 10.1979-1990 Week 11.1990-2014 Week 12.Conclusion
    required literature
  • STEINBACH, Susie. Understanding the Victorians : politics, culture, and society in nineteenth-century Britain. First published. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2012, xxx, 278. ISBN 9780415774093. info
  • CLARKE, P. F. Hope and glory : Britain 1900-2000. Second edition. London: Penguin Books, 2004, x, 496. ISBN 9780141011752. info
    not specified
  • MARWICK, Arthur. British society since 1945. 2nd ed. London: Penguin Books, 1990, vi, 430. ISBN 014013817X. info
Teaching methods
Weekly ninety minute lecture
Assessment methods
Assessment: A written examination constituting of fifty multiple choice questions
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: 6 skupin studentů
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2025.
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