Class code A6117
Year 2020
Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
Previous Class title
Attached documents
Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Credit(s) 2
Day/Period 金4/Fri.4
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Grade 1~4
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 an introduction to the culture and society of contemporary Britain. Students will acquire knowledge about Britain: it's geography, climate, history, traditional culture, religion, political system, society, Britishness, and so on. The course will survey British society following globalization after Thatcher's government. Britain in the 70’s was a nightmare, economically crippled, politically in a quagmire, and yet culturally vibrant. Thatcher, as prime minister (1979-1990), changed Britain drastically in the 80’s. She insisted on free enterprise and deregulation, employed monetarist policies, privatized nationalized industries, passed legislations to weaken trade unions' political power, and was tenaciously skeptical about the deepening of European integration. However, socially, she was conservative and put an emphasis on the importance of traditional family, a self-help work ethic and community. Whether her policies worked well or not is still in discussion, but she is commonly thought to have prepared the way for globalisation, economic success, and the rise of so-called Cool Britannia. Political issues are often related to nation, religion, immigration, ethnicity, class, globalisation, gender, youth culture, and so on.
With UK 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】
Students will (1) acquire the general knowledge of the society and people in contemporary Britain, (2) learn how one of the most globalized nations has gone through the changes, and (3) think about the new realities and the implications of the changes. By comparing the situations in Britain and Japan, students will gain clearer perspectives on complex issues common in the most advanced and affluent countries.

【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 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 attend lectures, read related materials, write short essays, watch videos and films, and have two written examinations.

【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 An Introduction Course overview
2 The Country Geography, climate and history
3 British Attitudes Characteristics of its people
4 Ethnicity and Identity The English, the Celts and ethnic minorities
The class compares UK and Japan with regard to the conservation of culture
5 Politics The British Constitution and its government
6 Religion Christians and non-Christians
7 Course Review and
Mid-term Examination
Course review, students' inquiries and discussions
Written examination
8 Monarchy and Class Society History and changing attitudes
The class is expected to compare UK and Japan in these aspects, discussing with international students
9 Britain in Films People, society and culture in films
10 The Economy The economy after Thatcher
11 Britain in the World Foreign policy and its relations with the US and EU
12 Family Life Changing mores, education and social services
13 Culture Sport, leisure, and the arts
The class is expected to compare UK and Japan in these aspects, discussing with international students
14 Course Review
End-term Examination
Students' inquiries and discussions
Course review
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 expected to read the materials as instructed and prepare for class. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.

【テキスト(教科書) / Textbooks】
No textbooks will be used. The lecturer will provide handouts and reading materials.

【参考書 / References】
Abercrombie, Nicholas and Alan Warde. (2000). Contemporary British Society (3rd edn). Cambridge: Polity Press.
Leventhal, Fred M. (ed) (2002). Twentieth-Century Britain: An Encyclopedia (rev. edn). New York: Peter Lang.
Oakland, John. (2015). British Civilization: An Introduction (7th edn). London: Routledge.
Oakland, John. (2001). Contemporary Britain: A Survey with Texts. London: Routledge.
Higgins, Michael, et al.(eds) (2010).The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Culture. Cambridge: CUP.
O'Driscoll, James. (2009). Britain For Learners of English. Oxford: OUP.

【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 exams (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】