ENGP9/ENGA15 U.S. Institutions Survey may be taken as
one of two options in the English Translation and Interpreting (ETI)
curriculum. As ENGP9 [3 ECTS credits] the course is an option to British
Society and Culture to complete the 5-ECTS-credit ETI basic studies ENGP9
'Professional Cultural Competencies' module, together with ETI Speaking
Practice [2 ECTS credits]. As ENGA15, the course is a standalone
intermediate studies option worth 5 ECTS credits (for ETI students who did
not take the course as part of the ENGP9 module). It is recommended that
ENGP8 Introduction to American English be
taken either prior to or concurrently with ENGP9/ENGA15.
Taken as part of the ENGP9 module, the course is worth 3 ECTS credits,
with evaluation by a 2-hour in-class exam. Taken as the standalone ENGA15,
the course is worth 5 ECTS credits with evaluation by a 2-hour in-class
exam plus either a two-part Lecture Diary
(recommended) or short paper [ca. 5 text pages plus Notes and Works Cited,
using MLA citation and documentation]. Students should subscribe to the USA2-L class e-mail list.
Under either code, the course will review the basic interrelationships
of U.S. Institutions. Lectures will cover geography and demographic
patterns; social, political, governmental and economic structures; mass
communications; the educational system; and aspects of national character
as reflected from U.S. history, with a focus on institutional terminology
as well as substance.