LA1MB1-Modern Britain: Society, culture and history 1

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring (Double presentation)
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Non-modular pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Chiara Cirillo

Email: c.cirillo@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module is ONLY AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS ON THE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMME. It aims to provide a broad-based introduction to key aspects of modern British society, culture, politics and history, identifying present issues and future perspectives. Topics explored will include cultural identity, multiculturalism, economy, law and civil society, as well as education, religion, languages, arts and culture, media and sport.



Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities. 


Aims:

The module aims at providing students with:




  • An introduction to key aspects of life in Britain today

  • An introduction to key political and historical events, debates and people in Modern Britain

  • An appreciation of the complexity of what it means to be British today.


Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of the course students will be able to:




  • Identify key aspects of life in Britain today

  • Recognise key political and historical events, debates and people in Modern Britain


Additional outcomes:


  • Students will be involved group activities and discussions and will develop an awareness of the complexity of life in Britain today.

  • Students will develop an ability to understand and discuss the language of media, especially with regards to current affairs.  


Outline content:

The module will consists of two weekly interactive lectures on key aspects of modern British society, culture, politics and history. Topics explored will include cultural identity, multiculturalism, economy, law and civil society, as well as education, religion, languages, arts and culture, media and sport. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on and discuss their cultural background and the similarities and differences with life in Britain today. 


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will consist of two weekly interactive lectures. Students will be encouraged to read/ watch multimedia and research topics of interest in between lectures. 



Terms in which taught: Autumn (repeated in Spring)


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 20
Guided independent study 80
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Class test administered by School 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

In order to consolidate and develop their learning, students will be encouraged to complete regular tasks – in class and outside – on which feedback is provided. 


Penalties for late submission:

Length of examination:

A one-hour paper


Requirements for a pass:

40%


Reassessment arrangements:

A one-hour Multiple Choice Question paper in the term following the first attempt


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 14 July 2017

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