WiSe 16/17: Ü1-Contemporary Britain: Language and Identitiy
This year-long module will analyse the language of contemporary British cultural phenomena as a means of understanding the cultural diversity and social structures in contemporary Britain today. In the winter semester, we will focus on politics and national identity (especially in the wake of the referendums on Brexit in 2016 and Scottish independence in 2014). Students will analyse a variety of texts, such as political speeches and news media, in order to better understand the range of political and cultural identities which exist in Britain today – including the extent to which Euroscepticism, the political relationship with America, multiculturalism, monarchy and devolution define British identity. The course will also look at the influence the British press has on national identity, as well as the role played by the diversity of national identities within Britain itself.Learning Outcomes
During the module, students will learn:
- • to examine a range of issues concerning cultural diversity in contemporary Britain
- • to analyse a variety of media forms: newspaper texts, films, television, song lyrics, political speeches
- • to present a research-based case study
- • to develop oral presentation skills
To complete Part I, students will be required to give a detailed presentation on one aspect of contemporary British society, and to take part in all class activities such as discussions and exercises.
Please note that the entire module runs over two semesters: the second part (focussing on popular culture) is offered in the summer semester.
The entire module (winter and summer semesters) is worth 15 credit points.Language requirements
The course will be held in English. Students must have an active command of sophisticated, near native-speaker language skills (C1 / C2).
Kompetente Sprachverwendung(hohes Sprachniveau bis fast muttersprachliche Sprachkompetenz) (C1 / C2).close
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