Course requirements

COURSE TITLE:

BRITISH STUDIES

TERM:

SUMMER (13 WEEKS)

TEACHER:

ROMAN LIČKO

LECTURES/SEMINARS (per week):

1/1

ACADEMIC YEAR:

2013/2014

   

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES

BRITISH STUDIES is a one-term course designed for the students of the English language  and literature, both in teacher training and translator and interpreter study programmes. Its objectives are threefold: 1. to present a general overview of the most important British institutions, Britain's geographical features, politics, media, etc., 2. to develop intercultural competences through comparative study of British and Slovak society, 3. to develop the four language skills with the emphasis on British culture-related vocabulary. 

COURSE TEXTBOOK

For their weekly reading assignments as well as for exam preparation students are recommended to buy James O'Driscoll: Britain (Oxford University Press 1996)

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES

With the focus on continual assessment students collect points for their overall assessment throughout the whole term. For a student to be assessed, he/she will have to do the following work:

1. Written assignment (20% of the overall course assessment). This means submitting a RESEARCH PAPER on an agreed date. The research paper has to deal with a British national issue presented in British national daily newspapers. The actual research has to be carried out in the newspapers published on the Internet and in the hard copies available in the departmental library or the local British Council. For more instructions see document British Studies written assignment.

2. Take written tests (80% of the overall course assessment). The tests are based on the topics and issues covered in lectures, seminars and the additional materials for seminar preparation. For more details on the assessment of the course go to the Assessment section.

The final examination mark will be the points-total of a written seminar assignment + test(s) results. To access the assessment table with a breakdown of points collected for individual tasks go to Assessment section.

NOTE

All information regarding course assessment, distribution of weekly reading assignments, announcements of test dates, essay submission deadlines, etc. will be distributed via the internet on this website. You will find all important course announcements (i. e. test dates, etc.) in Announcements section.

Roman Ličko roman.licko@umb.sk
Department of English and American Studies
Faculty of Humanities
Matej Bel University
97401 Banská Bystrica