Syllabus for Practical English: Culture and Society

Praktisk engelska: kultur och samhälle


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5EN043
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: English G1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2006-12-07
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Languages
  • Revised: 2015-02-04
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 27, 2015
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements and English 6 or English B
  • Responsible department: Department of English

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will

  • be able to demonstrate good knowledge of culture, social conditions, and political structures in English-speaking countries, with an emphasis on the United States and the United Kingdom
  • have the ability in speech and writing to give an account of important aspects of contemporary American and British society and culture in good English.


The course deals with various aspects of modern social conditions in English-speaking countries with an emphasis on the US and the UK in discussions and presentations based on course books and press and Internet sources.


Group instruction English is the language of instruction.


Examination is done in the form of continuous oral and written assignments and a final written examination. Grades used are either Fail, Pass, or Pass with Distinction.

Students who do not achieve a passing grade on the regular examination will have another opportunity to take the examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.

Students who fail a certain examination twice have the right upon request, following consultation with the head of department, to have another examiner appointed.

Transitional provisions

For transitional regulations in the case of changes in the syllabus, please contact the student adviser.

Other directives

The course cannot be counted toward a degree together with the courses English A1. The course may not be conted towards a degree together with an equivalent course or course module.

If the syllabus or course reading for a component has been changed, students have a right to be examined under the original syllabus and course reading on three occasions during the following three semesters. Normally this right then expires. Otherwise there are no limitations on the number of examination opportunities.

Reading list

Reading list

A revised version of the reading list is available.

Applies from: week 27, 2015

  • MacQueen, Donald Window on the United States : a university primer

    5. ed., [rev. and updated]: Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2009

    Find in the library


  • McCormick, John Contemporary Britain

    3rd ed.: Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

    Find in the library


Reading list revisions