Elective on English Culture, Literature and Art
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Valikkursus inglise kultuurist, kirjandusest ja kunstist
Course title in English
Elective on English Culture, Literature and Art
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2021/2022 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2021/2022 Spring semester
Julia Kuznetski (language of instruction:English)
Course aims
Getting acquainted with peculiarities of British culture from mid-19th century (high Victorian time) to the end of the 20th century. Understanding connections between historical events, political and social processes and culture.
Brief description of the course
A deeper insight into the culture of Victorian England. Social situation and historical and political influences: industrialisation, growth of Empire, development of science. A new level of national identity. Most important culture theorists: J. Ruskin, W. Pater. Culture at the fin-de-siecle: symbolism, decadence and their influence on the 20th c. Culture. Woman’s role in society and family in Victorian age, at the beginning of the 20th c and up to the 1960s. Women artists, writers, photographers, models. The influence of American mass culture and peculiarities of British culture after WWII. Photography, film, various synthetic and experimental 20th c. art forms, pop-and mass culture. The rebellious 1960s, feminism, postmodernism, the birth of contemporary art. British and American fashion. Ecocriticism and eco-art.

Study methods: lecture, seminar, free discussion, group-work, e-lecture, multimedia lecture, e-forum, e-portfolio, course project.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- is able to grasp general problems of British culture, literature and art from Victorian age to the present day, connecting them to social and historical context, as well as to contemporary issues; familiarity with the work of most important writers, artists, culture critics, photographers and fashion artists and their role in British culture;
- has got an idea of the role of British culture in world culture;
- has gained knowledge of culture and art terminology in English and is motivated for further research;
- has significantly improved their skills in digital technologies.
Julia Kuznetski