British Civilization

The course includes looking at facts, but the focus is on what lies behind these facts in order that students begin to understand the British approach to life in general. By learning about the past of Britain students will be in a position to ask questions and make connections between what they are studying and the history of their own country. The course begins with an introductory lecture on what constitutes the United Kingdom of  Great Britain and Northern Ireland both politically and geographically. During the course of the semester, all the relevant historical periods are covered – from Prehistory to the twentieth century. Topics on ‘Identity’ (Being British), attitudes (stereotypes, multiculturalism), privacy, conservatism, and love of animals are also covered.