Undergraduate Course: Living in Britain (SSPS07004)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is designed for students on the HSS International Foundation Programme. It is not available to undergraduate students. It will run throughout the whole programme and will offer a range of academic content on British culture and society, incorporating lectures, educational visits, seminars, and portfolio work. There will be an emphasis on providing practical knowledge and support, helping students adjust to living in Britain.
British Identity and Culture
1. Scottish/ British Identity
2. British History
3. Etiquette and Customs
4. Popular Culture
5. Sports and Pastimes
Social Issues in Modern Britain
6. Class and Inequality
7. Family, Gender and Sexuality
8. Religion and Atheism
9. Multiculturalism and Immigration
10. Crime and deviance
Politics and Institutions
11. Scottish/ UK Politics
12. The Legal System
13. The Media
The above contents will be delivered in a series of two-week blocks, each incorporating lectures, educational visits, seminars, and portfolio work (see assessment).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of a number of cultural and social aspects specific to living in Britain;
- apply this knowledge practically during their stay in Britain;
- identify similarities and differences between the UK and their native countries;
- reflect on their progress and skills as learners and have recourse to a range of strategies to help them succeed; and
- demonstrate their progress and reflect on their experiences through a portfolio of work.
|The following texts/ DVDs may be of interest to students. Guest lecturers may also nominate suitable texts for further reading.|
A history of Britain: the complete collection. 2006. [DVD] UK: BBC. (Presented by Simon Schama)
A history of Scotland. 2010. [DVD] UK: BBC (Presented by Neil Oliver)
Abercrombie, N. et al., 2000. Contemporary British society. Oxford: Blackwell.
Andrew Marr's history of modern Britain. 2009. [DVD] UK: BBC.
Devine, T. and Logue, P. eds., 2002. Being Scottish. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Devine, T., 2006. The Scottish nation. London: Penguin
Lynch, M., 2007. Scotland: a new history. London: Pimlico.
McGarvey, N. and Cairney, P., 2008. Scottish politics: an introduction. Houndmills, Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan.
Wright, T., 2003. British politics: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- Participation in group discussion/ debate;
- Experience of a range of physical and virtual learning environments;
- Cultural and social awareness.
|Course organiser||Mr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)51 6079
|Course secretary||Dr Caroline Bamford
Tel: (0131 6)50 4322