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British and American Culture Fall 2015 Syllabus
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British and American Culture
Fall 2015 Syllabus
Course Information
Instructor Information
Instructor: Brian Alexander
Office: IES 105
E-mail: brianalexander@daum.net
Course Description
The British and American culture course will introduce students to the differences in culture between the two countries and between China. Students will learn about the history of each country and how they got into the positions they are in now. We will focus on social issues and important events that make these two countries unique. We will also focus on holidays, literature, film, TV, news, and food to bring the students closer to the two cultures and how they compare to life in China. Following the course, students will have a better understanding of not only the similarities and differences of the US and the UK, but also of the West and China.                                                                     
Textbook & Course Materials
Required Readings
Any and all readings will be distributed online through a URL or directly through e-mail. If you are unable to access the internet, let me know and I will arrange to have the document distributed to you.
Required Materials
Pencil or pen
Paper or notebook
Eraser or white-out
Highlighter
 
 
Topic Outline/Schedule

Week
Topic
Week outline
Quizzes
1
9/7-11
Introduction
 
 
2
9/14-18
Geography
Discuss the different regions of the US and UK
 
3
9/21-25
Art
Broad look at modern and pop art
 
4
9/28-2
Film
Overview of the western movie industry and famous films
Quiz for weeks 2 and 3
5
10/5-9
Religion in the West
Transformation of religious thought: then and now
 
6
10/12-16
Important Events: US
Historic and Current events in America
 
7
10/19-13
Important Events: UK
Historic and Current events in Britain
Quiz for weeks 4, 5, and 6
8
10/26-30
TV
How TV is consumed and its role in daily life
 
9
11/2-6
Domestic Politics: US
Broad introduction to political parties and political system
 
10
11/9-13
Domestic Politics: UK
Broad introduction to political parties and political system
Quiz for weeks 7, 8, and 9
11
11/16-20
Music
Classical to Pop: History, Genres, Industry, Culture
 
12
11/23-27
Games
Common Western group activities
 
13
11/30-4
Race relations in America
History of race in America
Quiz for weeks 10, 11, and 12
14
12/7-11
The Internet
How the internet is used and consumed in the West
 
15
12/14-18
Etiquette and Manners
Do’s and Don’ts of social interaction
 
16
12/21-25
Holidays
Important holidays and customs in the US and UK
Quiz for weeks 13, 14, and 15

 
Grading Policy
Graded Course Activities

Points                      
Description
30
Five Quizzes
70
Final Exam
See Below
Attendance
100
Total Points Possible

Quizzes (6% each):
Students will be given five quizzes over the course of the semester. They will cover the content specified in the above schedule. The quizzes may consist of multiple-choice, true-or-false, fill-in-the-blank, or essay type questions.
Final Exam:
The final exam will cover content from the entire semester. The style of the test will emulate that of the quizzes, but will be longer and ask new questions. Students will be informed of the date and location of the final as soon as the instructor knows.
Attendance:
Attendance will be taken every day. It will not have a direct impact on your grade in terms of a percentage, but if a student’s grade is nearer the upper edge the instructor will refer to the attendance list in determining if a grade increase is suitable.
Important Note: Any form of academic dishonesty, including cheating and plagiarism, may be reported to the office of student affairs.