English Society and Culture I
Cod: 31116
Department: DH
Scientific area: Culture
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

Course unit purposes:
• to outline the economic, social, political and cultural context of England, from the Roman occupation to the pre-industrial age;
• to approach the main events that were both decisive in the different eras and responsible for major changes in every aspect of social life, in general, and in the worldview, in particular.

1. Anglo-Saxon England
2. Medieval England
3. Early Modern Period
4. Renaissance, Humanism, Reformation

• Learning the characteristics of English society and culture, both in their specificities and within the larger scope of the European context, according to the periodisation mentioned in Contents.
• Learning the theories contained in works that are considered fundamental for the foundation of each period and for the changes in the worldview.
• Reflecting on the events of each age, on social, economic, political and cultural levels, understanding them per se and through the works of various authors.

I. From Pre-Modernity to Modernity: from the Roman Empire to Feudalism; Medieval England (11th-13th centuries; 14th-15th centuries).
II. The Formation of Modernity: national identity; the 16th century, the Tudors, Humanism and the Reformation; the Stuarts and the 17th century political thought; the Scientific Revolution; popular and erudite culture; from pre-industrialisation to industrialisation.

Black, Jeremy. A History of the British Isles. London: Macmillan, 1997. (Pages I-167)
Bronowski, J., Mazlish, B. 1960. A Tradição Intelectual do Ocidente. Trad. Joaquim J. Coelho Rosa. Lisboa: Edições 70, 2002.
Elton, G.R. 1955. England Under the Tudors. London and New York: Routledge, 1991.
Gillingham, John. 1981. The Wars of the Roses. Peace and Conflict in 15th Century England. London: Phoenix P, 2001.
Leal de Faria, Maria Luísa. Sociedade e Cultura Inglesas. Lisboa: U Aberta, 1996. (Pages 35-326)
Kearney, Hugh. 1989. The British Isles. A History of Four Nations. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2006. (Pages 1-188)
Paiva Correia, Maria Helena de, et al. Literatura Inglesa (Época Renascentista). Lisboa: U Aberta, 1996. (Pages 11-111)
Pounds, N.J.G. The Culture of the English People. Iron Age to the Industrial Revolution. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994.
Relvas, Maria de Jesus C.C.V., co-author and supervisor (scripts). As Guerras das Rosas (Video 1). A Reforma Henriquina (Video 2). A Era Isabelina (Video 3). Lisboa: U Aberta, 2012. (these films will be made available in the UC virtual classroom)
Trevelyan, G.M. 1904. England Under the Stuarts. Charleston: Nabu P, 2010.
Reference work (organisation of papers):
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).

Students are required to obtain the bibliography before the course unit starts; it will be needed since the 1st week of the semester.
Students are required to have: a good level of English; a basic knowledge of the historical/cultural context of Europe and England; access to a computer with Internet connection.
Students are recommended to attend to Society and Culture course units, according to their sequence.
Language of instruction: Portuguese.