Course: British History

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Course title British History
Course code KAJ/HIBQ
Organizational form of instruction Seminar + On-line Activities
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Obenausová Světlana, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
An overview of the most important moments of British history and their relationships to the present-day situation. As this is a seminar, students are expected to study the topics for the class beforehand to be able to analyze primary sources and discuss matters. The teacher's presentations deal with selected issues only, using PowerPoint presentations, CD-ROM encyclopaedias, and video, as well as a rich variety of printed material. The online support material for the course contains questions, more links, pictures, maps, videos, interactive exercises and quizzes, tests, homework, online forums and much more. In seminars we work with new books and DVDs bought thanks to the Inkultus grant. Some of the topics are: Prehistory. Celtic and Roman Britain. Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Norman conquest and feudalism. Medieval England. The Parliament. Scottish wars of independence. The Wars of Roses. Tudor England. Elizabethan period. The Stuarts and the Civil War. The British Empire and the Industrial Revolution. Victorian England. World War I and II and what followed. End of the Empire. Modern Britain and its problems arising from history.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Work with Text (with Book, Textbook), Methods of Written Work, Demonstration, Activating (Simulations, Games, Dramatization)
  • Preparation for the Exam - 10 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 20 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 5 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to understand the most important moments of British history and their relationship to the present-day situation, to characterise the most important personalities of British history and put events on the timeline.
Ability to study in English.
Understanding a lecture and communicating in English.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Written exam, Essay, Student performance, Analysis of linguistic, Dialog

Students are set homework and quizzes all through the term in the online course. Active participation, with all tasks being fulfilled, is the condition for getting a credit for the seminars. The course is concluded with a written test.
Recommended literature
  • Devine, T.M. - Finlay, R.J. (ed.). (1997). Scotland in the 20th Century.. Edinburgh.
  • Maurois, André. (1993). Dějiny Anglie. Praha.
  • McDowall, David. (2008). An Illustrated History of Britain.. Harlow, England.
  • Moody, Theodore W. (1996). Dějiny Irska.. Praha.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Education English with an Emphasis on Educational Aspects (BB16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Summer
Faculty of Education English with an Emphasis on Educational Aspects (BB16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Summer