2017-2018 / TRAD0059-1

Issues in English civilization


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in interpreting (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in translation (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Marie Herbillon

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course is a continuation of the Bac 3 seminar on British civilization (which focuses on British and Irish history and culture). It is designed to stimulate thoughts and discussion on the history and legacy of British imperialism in the former British colonies. After an introduction to the history of British colonization, the course focuses on the various histories, cultures and social, political and economic developments specific to the territories formerly under British domination.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The students will be able to conduct personal research on specific as well as broader issues connected to colonization and imperialism. They should be able to analyze the similarities as well as discrepancies inherent in the different subordination and emancipation mechanisms which punctuated the history of the countries formerly under British domination.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

excellent command of the English language

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

After a general introduction to the history and ideology of colonization and imperialism, each group of 4 to 5 students must make an oral presentation (approximately 30 minutes) on the history and development of the specific areas formerly under British domination.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

in-class course, Wednesdays 4-6pm, 1st semester

Recommended or required readings

A course pack can be downloaded from MyULg.

Assessment methods and criteria

The grade for the oral presentation represents 20% of the final grade. The oral exam in January (course packs allowed) represents 80% of the final grade. 2 novels (chosen from a list available in October) must be analyzed in connection with the issues discussed in class.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

This class is taught in English.


Marie Herbillon, maître de conférences Département de langues modernes, Traduction-inteprétation 3-5 Place Cockerill 4000 Liège   marie.herbillon@ulg.ac.be tél: ++ 32 4 366 54 19

Items online

British Empire texts to be read by 7 October
Here are the texts to be read by 7 October