ENGLISH SOCIETY AND CULTURE II
Code: 31117
ECTS: 6
Departament: Department of Humanities
Field of Study: Culture
Keywords:
    1. Modern Period
    2. Victorianism
    3. Industrialisation
    4. World Wars; Post-War Era
Teacher:
Maria de Jesus C. Relvas
Área Científica: English Studies
E-mail: jvrelvas@uab.pt

Course Description:
Course unit purposes:
• to outline the economic, social, political and cultural context of England, from the industrial age to the age of globalisation and post-modernity;
• to approach the main events that were both decisive in the different eras and responsible for major changes in life and society, in general, and in the worldview, in particular.
 


Competences:
• Learning the characteristics of the English society and culture, both in their specificities and within the larger scope of the European context, according to the periodisation mentioned in Contents.
• Learning the theories contained in works that were essential to the foundation of each period and to the changes in the worldview.
• Reflecting on the events of each period on social, economic, political and cultural levels, grasping them per se and through the writings of various authors.
 


Contents:
I. Modernity and Victorianism: industrialization; the Parliamentary reforms; the Industrial Revolution and its consequences; Utilitarianism, Idealism and Liberalism; the Empire.
II. Modernity and Post-Modernity: from World War I to World War II; the ‘Commonwealth’; popular culture and mass culture; the Post-War period and the politics of consensus; the consumer society; globalization.


Bibliography:
Black, Jeremy. A History of the British Isles. London: Macmillan, 1997. (Páginas 168-287)
Heyck, T.W. The Transformation of Intellectual Life in Victorian England. London & Canberra: Croom Helm, 1982.
Houghton, Walter E. 1957. The Victorian Frame of Mind, 1830-1870. New Haven and London: Yale UP, 1985.
Kearney, Hugh. 1989. The British Isles. A History of Four Nations. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2006. (Páginas 158-334)
Leal de Faria, Maria Luísa. Sociedade e Cultura Inglesas. Lisboa: U Aberta, 1996. (Páginas 327-614)
Marwick, Arthur. 1982. British Society since 1945. London: Penguin, 2003.
---. Culture in Britain since 1945. Oxford UK & Cambridge USA: Blackwell, 1991.
More, Charles. 2007. Britain in the Twentieth Century. London and New York: Routledge, 2014.


Viana Ferreira, J.C. Primórdios da Modernidade em Inglaterra, Um Estudo da Cultura Inglesa. Cadernos de Anglística-14. Lisboa: Colibri, 2008.
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Reference work (organisation of papers):
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009.


Format:
E-learning.


Workload (hours): 156
Contact Hours: 15

Assessment:
Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).


Comments:
Students are required to obtain the bibliography before the course unit starts; it will be needed since the 1st week of the semester.
Students are required to have: a good level of English; a basic knowledge of the historical/cultural context of Europe and England; access to a computer with Internet connection.
Students are recommended to attend to Society and Culture course units, according to their sequence.
Language of instruction: Portuguese.
 


Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: Communication and International Relations Office – gcri@uab.pt