Week 1:

Spring semester information for online classes and coronavirus related policies.

  The Korean government and the Chungnam National University administration have decided that the best policy for now is to hold all of our classes as online. That is why you will be required to access the cyber lecture system for the entire semester, unless things dramatically improve.  Of course we are all hoping that physical lectures will start again, but that is a best-case scenario.  Until then please follow the instructions below.

    Some other professors will have slightly different approaches to the cyber lectures they organize, but you are to follow my instructions for the classes that I teach.

  All cyber lecture content will be available through the CNU portal where you can login with your ID and access the class. The content will include written instructions from the professor about studying, homework and assignments, links to videos and audio that you were expected to watch and listen to.

All of the information will be hosted through my website Koreanheroes.net and you will be able to scroll through what you were expected to do week by week. The uploaded content will not be taken down so if you need to refer to something you can simply scroll back to week one or week too and look at it again later.

  You will be able to login and access each week’s lecture content from Monday morning to Sunday night at midnight each week. This is both to make it easier to make time for studying and because any students who become ill will need the flexibility.

***This is very important: You are required to be logged in and to access the page for a minimum of one hour to get credit for your attendance. If you do not do so you will not get credit for the attendance and you will fail the course. So it is highly recommended not to delay until the last minute. For example, do not wait until Sunday night each week to log on, in case something goes wrong.   In addition, this is the required textbook for the class.  You can order it through the Chungnam National University bookstore online.  This book is essential, especially this semester with all the online content and lack of personal interaction.  If you read the textbook and understand the content, I can guarantee you will get a good grade.  If you have trouble with it, that is alright- there are slides and this website and you can email me any questions you have:


Here are links to  two websites which sell the book, please get a copy ASAP:



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Now for the disclaimer: this section of the website is dedicated to British and American Culture for the duration of the CNU Spring semester 2020.  The regular podcast posts and other pages on this site are unrelated to the course and do not need to be visited, except for the sake of interest. Students continue onward and follow the instructions that are given; for any outside visitors, feel free to browse the content here as you would the Korean Heroes Podcast pages.

B&A Video Lecture – Week 1 – Orientation


Week 2:

B&A Video Lecture – Week 2 – Part I –

In the Beginning

B&A Video Lecture – Week 2 – Part II – The First Millenium

It was reported that when the tragedy of the Titanic unfolded, Captain Edward Smith stoically remained on board while she sank, advising his crew to Be British boys, be British!  It was later uncovered that a newspaper had added these famous words to further dramatize the story, but let us consider his words nonetheless.  What does it mean to be British?  What symbols are most effective in conveying Britishness?  In light of the recent Brexit vote, are the British more fragmented then they once were, or more so?  Consider these questions as you look at the collage below.  Choose a symbol, either from the pictures on the page, or anywhere else you find an image that represents Great Britain.


Write about how the symbol of your choice represents the idea of “Britishness” by connecting it to people, places, events and historical moments in British culture.  Try to keep in mind the purpose, the perspective and the use of the symbol you choose.  Is it a positive or negative image of Britain?  Does it represent all British culture or just a part of it?  These are all questions to consider as we examine the United Kingdom of Great Britain as it was, as it is and how it came to be that way.  Click on the link below to listen to a classic British patriotic song which is based on the poem by James Thomson and put to music by the composer Thomas Arne in 1740:

Rule Britannia! Britannia Rule the waves!

As well as the official National Anthem of the United Kingdom of Great Britain adopted in 1745:

God Save the Queen

All the slides that are used in class are in PPT format have been compiled in a single .pdf.  There are 320 of them, but not all of them will be covered in class, so it is up to each student to attend each week’s lecture and pay attention to which slides are emphasized; to see which are included and which are not included on the tests.

To download the slides  simply click on the link below:

B&A Supplementary Slides PDF

Review of Class Material:

In class we discussed a method of breaking down the symbols that we went over, using historical, cultural and social contexts, so let us clarify the categorical headings here.  Due to technical difficulties the information provided on the board in class was incomplete.  In particular, the word “milieu” derived from the French word for middle was used to describe the cultural context, but it is more appropriate to use it in the social context.  There is also a term called “cultural milieu,” but the social milieu provides a clearer definition and a connection to the environment and surroundings.  The representative cultural thing is physically somewhere and interacts with its surroundings.  That is social context. For example, Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II.

Cultural context is more about ideology, traditions and values.  The cultural milieu describes the relationship between these cultural forces and the symbol.  These contexts are not limited to people only, many of them are objects or places.  For example, The Union Jack and The Star-spangled banner.

Historical context is connected to the events that occurred during the period the symbol existed, whether it be a person, place or object.  It may, in fact, no longer exist in reality, but still be remembered as an important symbol with strong residual meaning. It is related to the “big picture” and takes into account national or international effects.  A perfect example of this is any deceased person.  For example, George Washington or Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson.

Visit the following website for a short summary similar to my description of the method:

Contexts for Cultural Symbols

Week 3:

B&A – Zoom Meeting – Lecture 3 – Kings, Queens & Other Things 

Group A: Thursday September 17th, 2020, 10:00 

Group B: Thursday September 17th, 2020, 11:00 

Class Update: 

Quizzes: There will be six quizzes conducted online using Google forms.  Your top five quiz scores will count toward your final grade and will be worth 3% each (5×3%) for a total of 15% of your final grade.  The date of the first quiz will be announced on Monday because of the delay in receiving textbooks.                       

*The first quiz will correspond to the first chapter in the textbook.

The Midterm:  It will also be an online test and will use Google forms to collect students’ answers.  Our next Zoom lecture will be on Week 8 and the midterm examination will be on Week 9.  

Holidays: There will be no break for any holidays as you have one week to complete you lectures and homework.  The extra days at the end of the semester can be used for exam studying and preparation or to discuss the term with the Professor.

The Slides:  As I said in our zoom lecture, the slides are there as a supplement, not a primary resource.  So, you should look at them AFTER you listen to my lectures and read the textbook.  The summaries are quite useful and most of the slides run in parallel with the course, as they were created for a previous version of British and American Culture several years ago.  Ignore the sections that are not included in lecture or in the text.

***As an example of a slide to skip: Beowulf was not discussed in lecture or in the textbook.

***On the other hand, the slide on King Arthur (slide 29) is a great resource and shows some pictures to give you a visual to go along with what you hear and read. 

Week 4:

B&A Video Lecture – Week 4 – Part I – The Normans

B&A Video Lecture – Week 4 – Part II – English Medieval Life

Week 5:

B&A Video Lecture – Week 5 – Peasants & Plagues

Quiz #2 (Based on Week 4)

Time: 12:00 PM 9/28/2020

Assignment Due: Write one page (approximately 250 words) on an event that occurred any time during the long history of British culture. This can include something that happened in Canada, America, India, South Africa, Australia or anywhere else as long as it is related to British culture. Please submit your assignment by email with your STUDENT NUMBER included. Any sources should be properly documented and referenced so the professor can verify them. Plagiarism including copying, stealing, translating or paraphrasing will result in a zero for the assignment and possible additional academic discipline. Do you own work, you have been warned!

The Due Date: 10/1/2020 (but hand it in earlier so you can enjoy Chuseok!)

Week 6

B&A Video Lecture – Week 6 – Part I – Into the 16th Century

B&A Video Lecture – Week 6 – Part II – The English Unleashed – The Religious Reformation and the Tudors

Week 7

Quiz #3 (Based on Week 5-6)

Time: 12:00 PM 10/12/2020

***The link for the test is in the cyberlecture section of the class, so you must log in early and complete and submit the form before the time limit expires!

B&A Video Lecture – Week 7 – The Tumultuous 17th Century

B&A Video Lecture – Week 7 – The Stuarts, the Civil War and the Restoration

Week 8

B&A Video Lecture – Week 8 – Midterm Review

Midterm Examination (Based on Weeks 2-7)

Time: 10:00 AM Thursday, 10/22/2020

Format: Online form through the CNU Portal link

40 points total, 40 minutes long

30 points Multiple choice (30×1)

10 points Paragraph answers (2×5)

***The link to your test is in the cyberlecture section, so you must log in beforehand and be ready to complete and submit the form before the time limit expires!

B&A – Zoom Meeting – Week 9 – Introducing America

Group A: Thursday Oct. 29th, 2020, 10:00 

Group B: Thursday Oct. 29th, 2020, 11:00

Link to article about the colonization of America

B&A Video Lecture – Week 10 – Independence in the New World

B&A Video Lecture – Week 10 – Post Revolution America

B&A Video Lecture – Week 11 – Industrialization, Imperialism

B&A Video Lecture – Week 11 – The 19th Century: Victorian England

Quiz #4 – Based on Week 9-10

10:00 AM Thursday November 12

B&A Video Lecture – Week 12 – 19th Century America: Westward Expansion

Assignment 1 Grades

B&A Video Lecture – Week 12 – The Frontier, the Civil War, the Gilded Age & Native Americans

Quiz #5 – Based on Week 12

10:00 AM Thursday November 19

B&A Video Lecture – Week 13 – The American Century

B&A Video Lecture – Week 13 – American Entertainment Culture

Quiz #6 – Based on Week 13

10:00 AM Thursday November 26

B&A – Zoom Meeting – Week 14 – The Final Countdown

Quiz #7 on Week 13 Content:

Thursday Dec. 3rd., 2020, 9:45-9:55

Group A: Thursday Dec. 3rd, 2020, 10:00 

Group B: Thursday Dec. 3rd, 2020, 11:00

**Second Assignment due on “an American Contradiction” Dec. 3rd

The Final Exam will be held on December 10th, 2020 at 10:00 AM in the Humanities Building. The class will be split into two groups: The first twenty students on the attendance list will be upstairs in room 456, and the the remaining thirty students will write downstairs in room 124. Your location will be posted below in a spreadsheet. Please proceed directly to your assigned room number.

Assigned Exam Rooms – Student List

***The Final Exam will be worth 60 points. The first section will have 42 questions that are multiple choice. These will include some questions from the first THREE quizzes. The second section will include three long answer questions that are six points each (3×6). They will only relate to content from after the midterm. You will have one hour to complete the exam, so you can plan to complete at least 1 point per minute, but the majority of students finish the multiple choice questions in 30 minutes, giving you thirty minutes to answer the three long answer questions. See you on Dec. 10th, finally!

Quiz 1-7: All Questions

B&A Video Lecture – Final Review