An interdisciplinary introduction to the broad development of British life and culture, focusing on cultural and political conflicts in British society. The course usually combines British art history, history, literature and geography.
Offered only at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.
Available in Winter 2020, Winter 2021
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above.
Is Britain today what postcards and the tourist industry want us to assume, or does this projected image overlook the tensions that inform British past and contemporary identities? This course offers an alternative view of British identities, looking at the key events that have shaped the country such as; Margaret Thatcher’s prime ministership, the England Riots, the Scottish independence campaigns, and Brexit.
This is a unique opportunity to study British culture while in the UK with Dr Kate Turner, whose research and expertise lie in the areas of twentieth and twenty-first century UK nationalisms.
By the end of the course students will be better able to:
- Provide examples of key events from British history, culture, and politics that raise questions around British identity.
- Explain and critique key debates on British culture and British identity.
- Analyze a range of primary sources both in class and in their own independent research.
- Independently gather, organize, and analyze their own primary and secondary research.
- Construct an argument based on theories of nationhood and through their organization and analysis of primary and secondary sources.
- Organize and evaluate information gathered during experiential learning.
Experiential learning opportunities
ELOs for this course include a city walking tour of Brighton and /or London as well as a trip to the Mass Observations Archives at the University of Sussex, where we will examine archival materials directly related to course topics, such as; Britain in the 1980s, the England riots, the Royal family, and Brexit.
Assessment consists of a course essay, a presentation, a research poster and class participation.
Second-year standing or above.