UK: This part of the course deals with the history of the UK from its earliest pre-history up until the present. There is a general focus on England, but the histories of Wales, Scotland, Nothern-Ireland and (to a limited extent) Ireland are also incorporated into the course and linked to the history of England. The second part of the course covers the most important aspects of current-day UK society and culture: political structures, education, media, social services, etcetera. Special attention is paid to the discussion of these topics in relation to current affairs, with a focus on Brexit in particular. We end each class with a reading and discussion of one or more newspaper articles from the previous week's UK newspapers.
US: This part of the course covers the most important events and developments in the history of America since the 17th century. It focuses on immigration, religion, political and legal structures and institutions. Special attention is paid to the history of civil rights and its relation to the myth of America.