EKIP506 Cultural History of the English-speaking World (4 cr)

Study level:
Basic studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



This course gives an overview of the history of the English-speaking peoples from a cultural and social perspective. Special attention will be given to historical events that have shaped the values, norms and ways of thinking in these countries. The lectures will integrate references to literary works, songs and films that provide additional insights into the socio-cultural context of history.

Completion methods

There are two ways of completing the course.
1) Contact teaching: lecture attendance and independent study of the assigned readings. Smaller home assignments.
2) Distance learning: watching the video recordings of the lectures and independent study of the assigned readings.

Open University: contact teaching, web-based tasks, learning assignments, an exam or a combination of these (methods of study will be specified in the annual teaching programme before the start of each academic year).

Assessment details

Written examination at the end of the course

Open University: Active participation (100% attendance usually required). Learning assignments or an exam.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, students will be able to
• identify connections between culture, history and society
• understand the development and expansion of British influence around the world
• describe the main historical events and their influence on society and culture
• understand the historical evolution of British and American character
• explain the historical background of values and norms in the countries studied.

Additional information

Target group: First year students
It is advised that the students attend and participate in the lectures, but attendance will not be checked regularly. Please note that learning is more efficient (and enjoyable) if you come to class. The alternate (distance learning) way of completing the course should only be considered as an option in case of course overlap or health issues.

Description of prerequisites


Study materials

Study materials and lecture recordings will be available in Moodle. Required readings from books will be announced in the course.

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods
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