British Studies course syllabus, winter semester 2010

Translators & Interpreters Distance Study Programme

Department of English & American Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Matej Bel University
 

TOPICS

1

Introduction

  Slovak stereotypical images of Britain.

2

Country, People and their Identities

 

Geographical and political terminology. The four nations. Ethnic minorities. Defining Britishness-National identities within the UK.

3

Geography and Regional Differences

 

The British climate. Regional differences: Core and periphery, the North-South divide, Town and country.

4

System of Government

 

The Constitution. The role of the monarch. The Government: the Cabinet and the Prime Minister. The House of Commons. The House of Lords.

5

British Politics

 

The Public attitude to politics. The style of democracy. The parties. Elections: The electoral system. The electoral campaign.

6

Education

 

The educational system. State education. Independent schools. Higher education. 

7 

The Media

 

The National Daily Press. Radio and Television. Privacy and self-regulation.

8 

The Welfare State

 

The National Health Service. The benefits system. The social services.

9 

Northern Ireland

 

Some history. The religious divide. Political parties. Law and order. The Peace Process. Recent developments.

10

Britain and the World

 

The end of empire. The Commonwealth. Transatlantic relations. The armed forces. Britain and the European Union.