Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Great Britain in the 20th Century - 1st semester

Code

711121052

Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Department

Línguas, Culturas e Literaturas Modernas, Secção de Estudos Ingleses e Norte-Americanos

Credits

6

Teacher in charge

Iolanda de Freitas Ramos

Weekly hours

4

Teaching language

Portuguese-English

Objectives

a) To acquire and to master a good knowledge of British society and foreign policy between World War 2 and the Millennium.
b) To select and to discuss texts and themes regarding Britain in the 20th century, both in internal and foreign affairs.
c) To identify continuities and changes in relation to Britain in the 21st century.

Prerequisites

None.

Subject matter

1. British society in the 2nd half of the 20th century.
2. Political ideologies: liberalism, conservatism and labourism.
3. Popular culture: Englishness, heritage industry and counter-culture.
4. The British Empire and the Commonwealth.
5. The “special relation” with the USA.
6. A reluctant partner: Britain in the European Union.
7. Continuities and changes in the 21st century.

Bibliography

- Marwick, A. (2003). British Society since 1945 (New Edition). London: Penguin.
- More, C. [2007] (2014). Britain in the Twentieth Century. London and New York: Routledge.
- Morgan, K. O. [2000] (2005). Twentieth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Oakland, J. (2011). British Civilization: An Introduction (7th ed.). London and New York: Routledge.
- Oakland, J. (2001). Contemporary Britain: A Survey with Texts. London and New York: Routledge.

Teaching method

Presentation of the topics of the course syllabus by the lecturer; interactive methodology, based on audiovisual resources and support texts, and contributions by the students based on the reading of primary sources and contemporary analyses for oral presentation and/or group discussion; tutorial supervision of the critical readings and the thematic and bibliographical research tasks; to do a test in the form of a short essay on the course syllabus.

Evaluation method

short critical readings and/or thematic and bibliographical research tasks for oral presentation in class (40%); a written test / critical essay (60%).

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