1) UK: Various cultural themes, such as the end of the Victorian era, the rise of modernism, the British Empire and (post-)colonialism, the Irish question, Scottish nationalism. Discussion of how these historical movements still reverberate today, and have contributed to the construction of Britain as a nation.
2) US: The construction of an American cultural identity : analysis of some seminal texts by (among others) Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Margaret Fuller, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Dubois, Alexis de Tocqueville, Tony Judt, Naomi Wolf,... Representations of 'America' in literature (The Beat Generation,...) and film (,...).