Course unit purposes:
• to outline the economic, social, political and cultural context of England, from the industrial age to the age of globalisation and post-modernity;
• to approach the main events that were both decisive in the different eras and responsible for major changes in life and society, in general, and in the worldview, in particular.
1. Modern Period 2. Victorianism 3. Industrialisation 4. World Wars; Post-War Era
• Learning the characteristics of the 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 were essential to the foundation of each period and to the changes in the worldview.
• Reflecting on the events of each period on social, economic, political and cultural levels, grasping them per se and through the writings of various authors.
I. Modernity and Victorianism: industrialization; the Parliamentary reforms; the Industrial Revolution and its consequences; Utilitarianism, Idealism and Liberalism; the Empire.
II. Modernity and Post-Modernity: from World War I to World War II; the ‘Commonwealth’; popular culture and mass culture; the Post-War period and the politics of consensus; the consumer society; globalization.
Black, Jeremy. A History of the British Isles. London: Macmillan, 1997. (Páginas 168-287)
Heyck, T.W. The Transformation of Intellectual Life in Victorian England. London & Canberra: Croom Helm, 1982.
Houghton, Walter E. 1957. The Victorian Frame of Mind, 1830-1870. New Haven and London: Yale UP, 1985.
Kearney, Hugh. 1989. The British Isles. A History of Four Nations. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2006. (Páginas 158-334)
Leal de Faria, Maria Luísa. Sociedade e Cultura Inglesas. Lisboa: U Aberta, 1996. (Páginas 327-614)
Marwick, Arthur. 1982. British Society since 1945. London: Penguin, 2003.
---. Culture in Britain since 1945. Oxford UK & Cambridge USA: Blackwell, 1991.
More, Charles. 2007. Britain in the Twentieth Century. London and New York: Routledge, 2014.
Viana Ferreira, J.C. Primórdios da Modernidade em Inglaterra, Um Estudo da Cultura Inglesa. Cadernos de Anglística-14. Lisboa: Colibri, 2008.
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.