Class code A6308
Year 2020
Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
Previous Class title
Attached documents
Term 春学期授業/Spring
Credit(s) 2
Day/Period 火2/Tue.2
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Grade 3~4
Duplicate Subjects Taken Under Previous Class Title
Open Program
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Class taught by instructors with practical experience

【授業の概要と目的(何を学ぶか) / Outline and objectives】
This course will provide a perspective on contemporary British culture.
With Britain as a case theme, we also understand the diversity of cultures around the world and the significance of enhancing communication with people from other cultural backgrounds.

【到達目標 / Goal】
(1) Students will study the latest developments of, and arguments on, culture in Britain after WWII, particularly after the 1980s. During this period, British society and culture changed rapidly and were fragmented and reshaped. (2) Students will think of them in social, political, economic and historical contexts, and also study factors such as nation, ethnicity, gender, youth culture, commercialism, entertainments, and the internet. (3) Accumulating knowledge and having a map concerning contemporary British culture will contribute to students’ understanding of interdisciplinary discourses in media and academia. (4) This course will help build skills of acquiring information, analyzing materials, and writing reports.

【この授業を履修することで学部等のディプロマポリシーに示されたどの能力を習得することができるか(該当授業科目と学位授与方針に明示された学習成果との関連) / Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?】
Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

【授業で使用する言語 / Default language used in class】
英語 / English

【授業の進め方と方法 / Method(s)】 (2020年度はオンライン授業の実施に伴い、変更の可能性があります。変更は学習支援システム等で提示します。/Method(s) may change depending on the online lesson.Changes will be reflected in the Learning Management System, etc.)
Students will learn the words, concepts, and proper nouns of every week’s theme. While giving consideration to the tradition, the conventions, and Britishness in culture, these themes will be analysed in the context of 21st-century Britain. The recent studies of culture will make debate issues more understandable to foreign students. Pictures, films, and music will be used in the class. For students’ further study, materials will be distributed, as well as related books and websites introduced.

【アクティブラーニング(グループディスカッション、ディベート等)の実施 / Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)】
あり / Yes

【フィールドワーク(学外での実習等)の実施 / Fieldwork in class】
なし / No

【授業計画 / Schedule】

回 / No. テーマ / Theme 内容 / Contents
1 Introduction Outlining the course
2 A Survey of Post-war Britain 1950-79 Timeline and the economic, political and social context
3 A Survey of Post-war Britain 1980-present Timeline and the economic, political and social context
4 English Language English and the society, RP, PC, the Celtic languages
5 Journalism and the Media Newspaper, magazine, alternative publications
The class compares Britain and Japan with regard to the conservation of culture
6 Literature (Poetry and Novel) Experiments, women, ethnic minority, children, publication
7 Theatre Realism, absurdity, musical, new dramas, comedy, theatre after Thatcher
8 Cinema Social realism, pop style, Heritage films, Ken Loach, Independent films
9 Internet and Cyberculture Trends in social media, video games, the web and the law
The class is expected to compare Britain and Japan in these aspects, discussing with international students
10 TV and Radio BBC, commercial TV, political satire, soap opera, reality TV
11 Art, Architecture and Design Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Modernist and post-modernist architects
12 Popular Music and Fashion Rock'n'roll, Mods, Beatles, Punk, post-Punk, club, Britpop, the business of music
13 Sport and Cultural Heritage Gentlemen, the home nations, leisure, gender, disability, government, commerce
The country house, the National Trust, festivals, sectarianism
The class is expected to compare Britain and Japan in these aspects, discussing with international students
14 Review
End-term Examination
Students' inquiries and discussion, written examination

【授業時間外の学習(準備学習・復習・宿題等) / Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)】
Students are required to read the assigned materials and prepare for class. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.

【テキスト(教科書) / Textbooks】
Textbooks will not be used. Handouts and reading materials will be provided by the lecturer.

【参考書 / References】
David Christopher (2015). British Culture: An Introduction (3rd edn). London: Routledge.
Michael Higgins, Clarissa Smith and John Storey (eds.)(2010). The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Peter Childs and Michael Storry (1999). Encyclopedia of Contemporary British Culture. London: Routledge.
The BBC History website (The Making of Modern Britain):

【成績評価の方法と基準 / Grading criteria】
Evaluation will be based on class participation (30%), a writing assignment (20%), and exam (50%). More than two unexcused absences will result in failure of the course.

【学生の意見等からの気づき / Changes following student comments】
Nothing in particular.

Students should have completed UK: Society and People or have some basic knowledge about British society and culture.