Civilisation of the English-speaking countries : cultural aspects

LGERM1325  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Civilisation of the English-speaking countries : cultural aspects
5.0 credits
30.0 h

This biannual course is taught on years 2015-2016, 2017-2018, ....


Level B2 of the Common Europea Framework of Reference for Languages

Main themes

The course studies the major cultural, artistic and political trends and developments in the countries that have English as a principal language (intellectual life, visual arts, music, architecture, etc.).


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    General survey of the cultural developments of the English-speaking countries.
    By the end of the course, students are expected to have acquired an understanding of the culture of the countries where English is a major language.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.


This course will deal with the cultural identity of English-speaking Europe.

A first part, taught by Guido Latré, consists of an excursion to the "Flanders Fields" (the battlefields of World War I) and its preparation.

A second part, also taught by Guido Latré, is based on artistic expressions (paintings, etchings, literature, etc.) in Great Britain from the 14th century to the beginning of the 20th century.

The third part, taught by Ingrid Bertrand, concentrates on the 20th century, and emphasises how English-speaking Europe progressively opens up to the voices of ethnic, racial and sexual minorities.

Teaching methods

Lectures, PowerPoint presentations, reading list, handouts, course notes.

Evaluation methods

Written exam based on both the lectures and required reading.

Other information

Compulsory one-day excursion to the Flanders Fields.

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Program title
Minor in English Studies

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General