Cultures of the USA and the UK (2015/16)

Course title: Cultures of the USA and the UK (EN 1 J08)
ECTS: 5 credits

Language of instruction: English
Duration: one semester – 5th (winter)
Instructor: dr. sc. Kristijan Nikolić, Tea Raše
Status: obligatory
Form of tuition: 1 hour of lecture and 3 hours of seminar
Enrolment requirements: CEL 3 and Analiza engleskih tekstova
Exam: written (two continuous assessment or exam)
Content: This course deals with customs, institutions and values of the UK and the USA. Two readers will enable students to get to know various aspects of these two societies, such as politics, multiculturalism, education and art. Students will prepare their own presentations of various topics concerning UK and US cultures and present them in the seminar.

Obligatory literature:
1) Mauk, David and Oakland, John. 2009 (Fifth edition). American Civilization:
An Introduction
. Routlege. London and New York.

3) Oakland, John. 2011. (Seventh edition). British Civilization: An
Introduction.. Routledge. London and New York.

Additional literature:
1) Giles, Mick, ed. 1993. Modern American Culture: An Introduction. London and New York. Longman.
2) An Outline of American Government. 1989. Washington DC. US Information Agency.
3) Luedtke, Luther S. ed. Making America. 1987. The Society and Culture of the United States. Washington. US Information Agency.
4) Campbell, Neil and Kean, Alasdair. 1997. American Cultural Studies: An Introduction to American Culture. London and New York. Routledge.

Way of instruction: The course is a combination of a lecture and a seminar. Students must attend the classes regularly (have no more than three absences during the semester). They must prepare for classes and write assignments as instructed. The instructor and students will also communicate through Omega and e-mail.

Table of contents (chapters to be covered in class):

The United Kingdom
1. The British context

2. The people
3. Politics and government
4. International relations

5. The legal system
6. The economy
7. Media
8. Education

Continuous assessment 1

The United States
1. The people: settlement and immigration

2. The people: women and minorities
3. Political institutions: the federal government / state and local government
4. Economy
5. Foreign policy

6. The legal system
7. Education
8. The media

Continuous Assessment 2


  • Former course title: Societies and Cultures of the English-speaking World