knowledge: explains selected phenomena prevalent in American culture and understands the importance of historical and cultural processes in the making of American society, knows the history of the USA, can characterize its consecutive periods, enumerate key historical events, phenomena and outstanding personages;
describes basic phenomena of the contemporary cultural life and American institutions;
skills: independently searches for, analyzes, selects and uses information, resorting to various sources and methods in the English language; participates actively in discussions in English concerning diverse aspects of the history and culture of the USA; independently prepares written assignments in the English language, providing argumentation, drawing conclusions and using other authors’ ideas, can show cause-and-effect sequence of the most important historical processes;
is interested in the social, cultural, political, and economic phenomena present in the USA
The land: physical geography, cultural regions, regionalism v. Americanization, the American city; The people: immigration, minorities, the Civil Rights Movement and Rev. Martin Luther King, American Indians, American beliefs and values; Public life and institutions: government, political system, education, economy and welfare; Society: family life, religion, the media, culture and arts, contemporary political, economic, and social issues.
Form and terms of examination
Continuous assessment, i.e. preparation and active participation, oral presentations (2-3), weekly quizzes (an average of at least 60% required to pass), tests (3-4; each can be re-taken once).
Day studies additionally: a 1000-word essay on a selected topic + a written EXAM (end of term).
Teacher’s lectures, guided discussions, workshop, groupwork, individual oral presentations, working with authentic written and oral texts, vocabulary exercises, individual work at home.
• Diniejko, A. (2005) An Introduction to the United States of America. Kraków: Egis.
• Fiedler, E. and R. Jarsen. (1990) America in Close-Up. Harlow: Longman.
• Luedtke, L.S. (ed.) (1995) Making America. The Society and Culture of the United States. Washington, D.C.: United States Information Agency.
• Mauk, D. and J. Oakland. (2005) American Civilization. An Introduction. London and New York: Routledge.
• Campbell, N. and A. Kean. (1997) American Cultural Studies. An Introduction to American Culture. London and New York: Routledge.
• American Studies Newsletters / American Studies Journals.