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682405S British Cultural Icons, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 682405S  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name British Cultural Icons  Abbreviation British Cultura 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline1101 English 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Preceding studies
    A110102 English, Intermediate Studies
Unit Faculty of Humanities 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS / 135 hours of work

Language of instruction 



The course is held in the spring term. In extenuating circumstances an alternative method for taking the course may be offered if the student is unable to take the course in the spring.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course the student is expected to understand and demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the creation of a (contested)  British national discourse and identity, and to have some understanding of the distinctive Welsh, English and Scottish identities.


The course addresses the British identity crisis in both a UK, European and global context. Students will study and gain an understanding of the ‘forging’ of an all-embracing British identity combined with the self-image of the perpetually embattled island nation. This will be traced by closely examining and following British maritime identity, statues and war memorials and war-time propaganda images. The course will focus on the iconic maritime image of Admiral Nelson, and the World War II icon Winston Churchill.

Mode of delivery 

Lectures 28 h; reading/self-study 47 h; 3000 word end-term essay (around 10 pages) or agreed project 60 hours

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lecture-based communicative approach to teaching. Lectures will be supplemented by slide presentations, music, poetry, art and political speeches.

Target group 

Master’s-level students of English Philology

Prerequisites and co-requisites 


Recommended optional programme components 

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading 

To be agreed with the course teacher(s).

Assessment methods and criteria 

Final essay as per list provided. A detailed description of the assessment criteria will be available in the course workspace in Optima. Information on exams and alternative methods for taking courses can be found on the English Philology website. Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


The course utilises a numerical grading scale 0–5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail

Person responsible 

John Braidwood (University Lecturer)

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

The course is elective in the Advanced Studies of English Philology


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun British Cultural Icons  Course  John Braidwood  13.01.22 -07.04.22

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