Course: Background Studies

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Course title Background Studies
Course code KAJ/KBS1Q
Organizational form of instruction Lesson + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction English
Status of course unspecified
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
Topics dealt with in our lessons: National symbols: flags, anthems, flowers, money, stamps. Stereotypes. Ways of perceiving culture. Art in Great Britain and the USA. More topics suitable for students's presentations: Great Britain: Culture or cultures? Standards of social interaction. Eating and drinking. Education in Britain. The Brits and their leisure time. USA: What are the Americans like? Diversification, a typical attribute of the US. Religion in the USA. Life in suburbs. Pop culture. American kitchen. American politics. US elections. USA after 9/11. Education in the United States. Students can choose other topics - to be agreed with the teacher.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Projection (static, dynamic)
  • Homework for Teaching - 2 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 3 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This course consists of an investigation of selected aspects of life in English-speaking countries, with the focus being on the United States and the United Kingdom. Aspects of British/American culture are compared with Czech equivalents.


Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance, Seminar Work

Punctual arrival and staying for the whole lesson. Active participation in all lessons. Completion of all classwork tasks. Timely completion of all homework tasks set, including producing a powerpoint presentation.
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
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