Course: Background Studies

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Course title Background Studies
Course code KAJ/BCS1Q
Organizational form of instruction Lesson + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Anténe Petr, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Obenausová Světlana, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
In the first part of the course we will define culture, national identity and its symbols. We will start with Czech identity, then proceed to British and American identities. We will explore stereotypes and prejudices. Geography will play an important part in our course, we will discuss the role of geographical conditions in influencing historical events and helping to form national identities. Other topics of interest will be minorities, multicultural society, education, art, architecture, politics and problems in history as well as present time. The topics will be spread all through this two-semester course. Only some topics are fixed, others depend on students' presentations. Students should negotiate with their teacher their choice of topicy for their Power-Point presentations. Their presentations will be handed in to the teacher one week before the lesson in which students will deliver their talks to the group. This course is equipped with online study material containing further reading with interesting articles that become the basis of discussions in online forums and short pieces of writing sent to the teacher. There are also interactive exercises, quizzes, tests, visuals and videos. More material may be added during the term. This two-semester course is concluded with an examination in summer term. This electronic exam test is based on topics dealt with in both terms.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Projection (static, dynamic)
Learning outcomes
This is not a course dealing with facts only. It is rather a discussion on different topics, based on studying different sources of materials and students presentations.

Ability to study and discuss in English.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Student performance, Seminar Work

Punctual arrival and staying for the whole lesson. Active participation in all lessons. Completion of all classwork tasks and reading all recommended literature. Timely completion of all homework tasks set, including producing a powerpoint presentation is the basis for receiving credit.
Recommended literature
  • (2005). Longman Dictionary of English Language and Culture. Harlow.
  • Campbell, N., Kean, A. (2006). American Cultural Studies: An Introduction to American Culture.. New York.
  • Crowther, J. (ed.). (1999). Oxford Guide to British and American Culture. Oxford.
  • CRYSTAL, D. (2003). The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. Cambridge.
  • Storry, M., Childs, P. (2007). British Cultural Identities.. London.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Education English Language in Education (BB16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Summer
Faculty of Education English Language in Education (BB16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Summer