Course: Literature 1: British and American Lit.

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Course title Literature 1: British and American Lit.
Course code KAJ/LT1SS
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Klapcsik Sándor, Ph.D.
  • Marková Michaela, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Vernyik Zénó, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Palatinus Dávid Levente, Ph.D.
Course content
The course is divided into two parts (7/7 seminars), each representing one of the core course fields. It will start with the British studies module which will focus on the rise and fall of the British Empire and representation of such in period and contemporary literature. The American studies module that follows in the second half of the term will explore the concept of American dream: its conception, celebration, as well as criticism. Compulsory reading list for both modules will be supplemented with references from popular culture and sources from other than print media. Topics discussed in the seminars will include the following: The rise of the British Empire and its development, British colonization of the world, reverse colonization of Great Britain, What is an American?, what does the American dream mean, what are the assumption of American society?, spreading the American dream, Black metropolis, Native Americans and impossibility of achieving the dream.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Learning outcomes
This course draws upon the knowledge that students acquired during their bachelor's studies. It allows them to gain closer familiarity with significant and/or popular British and American authors and the texts they have written in English throughout the centuries in a wide range of styles and genres. In doing so, the course's main aim is to provide students with a deeper knowledge of specific authors and works in their cultural context.


Assessment methods and criteria
General Requirements: Students will actively participate in seminars; students will have read assigned texts prior to the particular class(es); students will submit complete assignments by the required dates. Distance teaching during COVID19: Seminars are taught live through Google Meet unless it is announced differently. - The subject has its e-learning course with course materials (compulsory readings, supplementary documents and links): Students have to enrol to the course by March 15th, otherwise they will not be able to meet the course requirements. - Attendance is compulsory in the seminars (full-time study: two unexcused absences are allowed; combined study: one unexcused absence is allowed). Absences, if possible, should be announced in advance. - Communication about technical and organizational issues is done in the course forum on the e-learning server. - The course credit is awarded on the condition of regular attendance, active participation in the seminars, in time submission of complete assignments which comply with the instructions, and after students will have achieved at least 70 % in the end-of-course test. Unless specified otherwise, combined study students follow the same course requirements and submit to the same form of assessment.
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