Academic Skills Centre

Semester 1

As a visiting and exchange student, here are the course options you have for Semester 1 2017/18: 

Britain’s International History: from the Romans to the Treaty of Rome

The aim of the course is to give you an understanding of the historical events and forces which have influenced the development of key aspects of Britain and its foreign relations.

Having completed the course you will have learned to look at contemporary British society from an informed historical perspective and will have gained a good knowledge of the specific topics studied. No previous knowledge of European history is necessary.

The course will offer an overview of selected issues in British history with a particular focus on Britain’s relations with the rest of the world, including:

  • Roman Britain: the question of 'invasion'
  • The Norman conquest
  • Anglo-Saxons
  • Vikings
  • Interregnum: the execution of an English King
  • revolutions: 'Glorius', French and American
  • The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • World War I and World War II
  • The Treaty of Rome and the founding of the European Union.

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Modern British Society: government, citizenship and culture

The aim of the course is to give a broad overview of contemporary British society with particular emphasis on the formal structures of government and formal and informal ideas of nationality, nationalism and changing definitions of what it means to be a citizen.

Having completed the course you will have gained an understanding of the background to the formation of the United Kingdom, and an understanding of government and concepts of citizenship in contemporary Britain.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • The British Context: identity
  • The Country: Britain and its constituents
  • The People: cultural mores and diversity
  • Politics
  • Britain and the EU
  • International relations
  • Law
  • Media
  • Sport.

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Shakespeare

The aim of the course is to give a clearer understanding of the plays of Shakespeare, in an historical and literary context.

Having completed the course you will have been introduced to a selection of Shakespeare’s plays; to enable the student to interpret the text and to appreciate the notion of versions of production.

Three Shakespeare plays will be studied. There will be: one comedy, one tragedy, one history play. If time permits, a ‘problem’ play will be included. Final choice will depend on current productions and film versions, which students will be encouraged to see.

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Writers of Bath and the West Country

The aim of the unit is to introduce the West Country writers, from Sheridan to today; to consider the relevance of place, class and humour in local literature.

Having completed the unit students will have been introduced to particular writers who have lived and worked in the South-West of England, from Bath to Cornwall. This will include a variety of genres and styles. Some film adaptations on video will be used:

  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan (plays, 18th century)
  • Jane Austen (novels; late 18th – early 19th century)
  • Thomas Hardy (poetry and novels; late 19th – early 20th century)
  • a variety of poetry (from 18th, 19th and 20th centuries)
  • video adaptations of some of the texts.

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Introduction to English linguistics

The aim of this course is to provide you with an understanding of theories and concepts relating to structural aspects of the English language, and insights into issues surrounding use of the English Language.

Having completed the course you will be able to use a variety of theoretical approaches to analyse language in a range of different contexts.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • the historical background to linguistic analysis
  • phonetics and phonology
  • morphology
  • syntax
  • semantics and pragmatics
  • spoken and written discourse
  • social aspects of language
  • globalisation of English.

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