Opção 7 ( Cultura Inglesa ) - Estudos de Cultura - Sem Ramos - Especialidades

ECTS / Credit Units
Year: 3 / 1º Semestre
Plan: 2017/18
Scientific Area: CUL
Level: Licenciatura

Semestral Hour Load

Theorical: 32.00
Theorical-Pratical: 32.00
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Degree having this Course

Degree - Branch Degree Plan Year
Estudos de Cultura - Sem Ramos - Especialidades 2017/18
Estudos de Cultura (regime pós-laboral) - Sem Ramos - Especialidades 2017/18

Teaching Staff

Dominique Marie Figueira Curado Castanheira da Costa
Dominique Marie Figueira Curado Castanheira da Costa

Inês Tadeu Freitas Gonçalves
Inês Tadeu Freitas Gonçalves

Responsável pelas Pautas
Ensino teórico
Ensino teórico-prático

Course Information

Course Objectivs

  • Students attending this course will become acquainted with the English Cultural Heritage that laid the foundations that enabled the UK to become a Great Empire ? the nineteenth century world superpower. Ultimately, students will enlarge their understanding of English Culture and Society, as well as the role it played in the processes forming discursive practices in Europe and the World. Students attending this course will also become aware the social, economic, political and cultural developments of twenty-century Britain, as well as with current 21st-century tendencies. Finally, students will broaden their perception of contemporary British Society, as well as the role it plays in the processes forming discursive practices in Europe and the World. Moreover, by facilitating cross-cultural comparisons, the course also strives to build the students? own self-awareness and greater realisation of their own culture.
  • Class lectures and assignments will encourage students to develop self-learning skills, which serve as preliminary training towards developing the production of larger pieces of writing initiative, oral presentations in public, and autonomy skills useful in their future professions. The aim is to enable learners to act as ?intercultural speakers? in their future careers.
  • The course will further enable students to improve and develop oral and written language skills, comprehension and critical thought.

Evaluation Criteria




Final grading will include:




Active participation in class: oral presentations/class assignments


Final wrtten Exam: Thursday, 4th January 2018, 6-8pm




Note 1: Students are advised to attend all classes, since all the work assigned during the semester is exam-relevant.


Note 2: Working students who are unable to regularly attend classes and/or present any assignments, will be assessed by means of the Final Exam only (100%).

Program Resume (get program detail)

The course offers an overview of the English Culture and Civilisation, from its earliest foundations and evolution up to the 20th century, as reflected in major events crucial for its contextualisation and understanding. The course programme covers a broad range of issues, namely history, philosophic thought, political institutions, religion, economy, aesthetic trends, and cultural diversity, with a special focus upon turning-point/landmark periods, movements, events and trends, as well as upon the influential role of English thought and cultural practices in Europe and the World.

Towards the end of the course, students are also introduced to key aspects of 20th-century British society and current socio-cultural tendencies. Principal themes will be political institutions, economy, society, cultural diversity.

Lectures and Seminars (in English) will not only provide a basic outline of cultural representations, but also their historical background and development. Attention will be paid to the reflection of cultural developments into various cultural products.

In Seminars, students are encouraged to utilise fact-based input from lectures and their own learning/cultural experience in practical cultural activities. Seminar requirements include oral presentations (using updated technologic aids) and essay writing on a topic pertinent to the course, which will serve as an opportunity for exploring a chosen topic area in greater detail. Lectures and class meetings (in English) will also comprise reading, analysis and discussion of a selected set of texts complementing the programme topics. 

Main Bibliography

- Compulsory readings:

British Culture and Civilization TEXT and a selection of primary source texts and handouts provided by the lecturer for photocopying.

Other Biographical Sources / Support Documents

Recommended readings:

Abreu, Mª Zina G., A Reforma da Igreja em Inglaterra (Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian,    2003).

Chadwick, Nora, The Celts (Penguin «Penguin History: archeology», 1991).

Chadwick, Owen, The Reformation (Penguin Books, 1876).

Collinson, Patrick, The Elizabethan Puritan Movement (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967, rpt.1990).

Hill, Christopher, The World Turned Upside Down (Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1972, 1991).

-----------, The English Bible and 17th-Century Revolution (Hardmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1994).

Locke, John, The Second Treatise of Civil Government (New York: Prometheus Books, 1986).

Loyn, H.R., Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest (London & New York, 1962, 1991).

Oakland, John, British Civilization: An Introduction (Routledge) ISBN 0-415-16569-5

Paine, Thomas, The Rights of Man, int. Eric Foner, notes by Henry Collins (Penguin Classics).

Richmond, I. A., Roman Britain (London: Penguin Books «The Pelican History of England», 2nd ed., 1963).

Smith, Adam, The Wealth of Nations, int. by Andrew Skinner (Penguin Classics).

Sommerville, J. P., Royalists and Patriots: Politics & Ideology in England 1603-1640 (London & New York: Longman, 1986, rpt. 1995).

Storry, Mike, and Peter Childs (eds.), British Cultural Identities (London & New York: Routledge, 2000).

Tawney, R. H., Religion and the Rise of Capitalism, John Murray, ed. John Murray (1st ed. 1926, rpt. Penguin Books, 1990).

Wollstonecraft, Mary, Political Writings, ed. Janet Todd (Oxford: Oxford University Press, «World?s Classics», 1994).

Student Support

3ª das 14:00 às 16:00; 4ª DAS 16:00 às 18:00 e 5ª das 18:00 às 20:00. 

Associated Links


3ª das 14:00 às 16:00; 4ª DAS 16:00 às 18:00 e 5ª das 18:00 às 20:00.