Practical English: Culture and Society

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 5EN043

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
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)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Languages, 4 February 2010
Responsible department
Department of English

General provisions

The syllabus was adopted by the Board of the Faculty of Languages on 2006-12-07 to be in effect as of 2007-07-01.

Entry requirements

En B (specific entry requirements 2)

Requirements have been lowered in relation to the original specific entry requirements.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will

- have a 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 an ability in speech and writing to give an account of important aspects of contemporary American and British society and culture.


The courses 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.

Course level in relation to degree requirements

The course Practical English, 30 higher education credits, provides eligibility to English B only following certain complementation.

Other directives

The course cannot be counted toward a degree together with the courses English A1 or A32.

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 two occasions during the following semester. Normally this right then expires. Otherwise there are no limitations on the number of examination opportunities.

Transitional provisions

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