YOKOHAMA CITY UNIVERSITY

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CodeCUL132
Course NameUnderstanding American and British Cultures A (USA)
InstructorLidgley, Michael
Credits2
TermTerm1
MajorLiberal Arts Core Subjects
Course goalsThis course is a content-based communicative class that introduces British Culture. Students will approach the culture of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales through three perspectives. Places, Words and People. Students will read and listen to authentic materials, conduct research, discuss and complete one presentation project in each area.
Course outlineThis class is a content-based communicative class that introduces British culture. Students will approach the culture of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales through three perspectives. Places, Words and People. “Places”, student will learn about the history of Britain by researching its World Heritage sites, which tell the story of how the modern United Kingdom came to be. In “Words”, students will look at how life in Britain has been described through the years in stories. In “People”, students will look at more recent changes in British society, concentrating on work, family and religion. Finally, there will be a last project combining the skills and topics learned and looking at the impact of British culture on other countries, focusing on the Commonwealth, territories and dependencies.
Evaluation Scale and PoliciesStudents will be expected to complete weekly research based homework. Each of the four sections has an assessed project. -a presentation, poster presentation, essay or a creative project. Assessment will be based on these projects and on weekly homework submission.
PrerequisitesWeekly attendance and active participation are required by all students.
Texts, materials, and suppliesNo textbook. Handouts provided by teacher. Students need internet access for homework and a notebook for class and homework.
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Course Schedule/PlanWeek 1: Introduction Research strategies, note-taking strategies and test.
Week 2: Places Lecture, readings, video and discussion.
Week 3: Places Share research. Introduction to group presentations
Week 4: Places Finish and practice group presentations.
Week 5: Places Group presentations
Week 6: Words Lecture, readings, video and discussion.
Week 7: Words Share research. Introduction to group creative project
Week 8: Words Finish and practice group creative project
Week 9: Words Group creative project
Week 10: People Lecture, readings, video and discussion. Introduction to poster presentations
Week 11: People Sharing research. Finish and practice poster presentations
Week 12: People Poster presentation
Week 13: Influence Introduction to the Commonwealth, Crown dependencies and territores. Final project outline
Week 14: Influence Practice and Check final project
Week 15: Influence Present and Submit final project
 

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