The American Culture and History Course 4101-3ZKHSZO
The winter semester covers an overview of American history from pre-colonial times into the 20th century. The summer semester is focused on American heritage, government, system of education, religious freedom and diversity, geographical regions and regional identities. Also, questions and ideas about the plurality and diversity of American culture are addressed. A comparison with the cultural phenomena of the mother country is encouraged, which develops the intercultural competence of the student teachers. Historical analysis leads to practical application of course content to teaching English as a foreign language to young learners.
1. The periodization of American history
2. Original Native American cultures
3. The European exploration of what is now the US
4. First British settlements on American soil: Jamestown and Plymouth
5. Life in colonial America
6. The struggle for independence
7. The young republic
8. The territorial growth of the USA
9. North vs. South - conflict
10. Westward expansion
11. 19th century: industrialization, urbanization, immigration
12. America at the threshold of the 20th century: reforms, building an empire
Type of course
K_W01 the student has a basic knowledge of US history and culture in the teaching of foreign languages, which have practical application in foreign language teaching at pre-school and the first and second stages of education H1A_W10
K_W02 the student has a comprehensive knowledge, covering US history and culture, which have practical application in foreign language teaching. H1P_W01
K_W03 the student has an understanding of the basic academic terms within US history and culture appropriate for teaching foreign languages H1P_W03
K_U01 the student is able to search, analyse, evaluate, select and use information using a variety of sources and methods H1P_U01
K_U02 the student has the necessary level of self-study skills to use a variety of sources (using their first and any other language/ new technologies (ICT) to acquire knowledge and develop their professional competences in teaching foreign languages, H1P_U02
K_U12 the student has the ability to prepare oral presentations, in Polish and English for specific purposes, using basic theoretical approaches, as well as a variety of sources H1P_U13
K_U27 the student possesses language skills at CEFR level C1 for the main specialisation (and any additional specialisation) in accordance with the requirements specified in the standards of teaching H1A_U10
K_K02 the student is able to interact and work in a group H1P_K02
K_K05 the student is aware of their role in the promotion and preservation of the cultural heritage of the region, country and Europe H1P_K05
A class grade consists of attendance record (one absence is allowed per semester) – and platform tasks completion – 50% to 50% of the class grade.
Tasks are evaluated as follows: very good content and technical/presentational side together with originally made materials – 5.0;fair quality and conent – 4.0; basic quality and content, containing errors and mistakes – 3.0; poor quality and multiple errors and mistakes – 2.0.
Classroom and platform teaching and learning refers to learning outcomes K_U01,02,12,27 and K_K02, 05.
Failing to meet required attendance level or not completing all platform assignments and tasks will result in failing the semester.
The exam grade is the average of two positive exam tests results covering the two semesters. It refers to learning outcomes K_W01, 02, 03.
Gołębiowski, Marek. Dzieje kultury Stanów Zjednoczonych. Warszawa: PWN, 2004.
Kottak, Conrad P., ed. Researching American Culture: A Guide for Student Anthropologists. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1998.
Lemert, Charles, ed. Social Theory: The Multicultural and Classic Readings. 3rd ed. Boulder: Westview Press, 2004.
Mauk, David, and John Oakland. American Civilization: An Introduction. 5th ed. London: Routledge, 2009.
Rothenberg, Paula S. ed. Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study. New York: Worth Publishers, 2001.
Rozbicki, Michał J., and Krzysztof Michałek, eds. A Selection of Sources on the History and Culture of the United States of America: From Colonization to 1945. Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, 1994.
Sollors, Werner, ed. Theories of Ethnicity: A Classical Reader. New York: New York University Press, 1996.
Takaki, Ronald. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America. Boston: Back Bay Books, 1993.
Tindall, George B., and David E. Shi. America: A Narrative History. 2 vols. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996.
Wolfe, Alan, ed. America at Century’s End. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.
Khan Academy. khanacademy.org
US History. www.ushistory.org
Information on level of this course, year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered, types and amount of class hours - can be found in course structure diagrams of apropriate study programmes. This course is related to the following study programmes:
- Teaching Foreign Languages, English, French (2nd subject), part-time, first-cycle studies
- Teaching foreign languages: English, 2nd subj. teaching 'history and social studies'
- Teaching Foreign Languages, English, German (2nd subject), part-time, first-cycle studies
Additional information (registration calendar, class conductors, localization and schedules of classes), might be available in the USOSweb system: