The Syllabuses – English 5 & History 1b

English 5

The course English 5 covers points 1–5 under the heading Aim of the subject.

Core content

Teaching in the course should cover the following core content:

Content of communication

· Subject areas related to students’ education, and societal and working life; current issues; events and processes; thoughts, opinions, ideas, experiences and feelings; relationships and ethical issues.

· Content and form in different kinds of fiction.

· Living conditions, attitudes, values and traditions, as well as social, political and cultural conditions in different contexts and parts of the world where English is used. The spread of English and its position in the world. 

· Spoken language, also with different social and dialect features, and texts that instruct, relate, summarise, explain, discuss, report and argue, also via film and other media.

· Coherent spoken language and conversations of different kinds, such as interviews.

· Literature and other fiction.

· Texts of different kinds and for different purposes, such as manuals, popular 
science texts and reports.

· Strategies for listening and reading in different ways and for different purposes.

· Different ways of searching for, selecting and evaluating texts and spoken language.

· How words and phrases in oral and written communications create structure and context by clarifying introduction, causal connection, time aspects, and conclusions. 
Production and interaction

· Oral and written production and interaction of various kinds, also in more formal settings, where students instruct, narrate, summarise, explain, comment, assess, give reasons for their opinions, discuss and argue.

· Strategies for contributing to and actively participating in discussions related to societal and working life.

· Processing of their own and others’ oral and written communications in order to vary, clarify and specify, as well as to create structure and adapt these to their purpose and situation. This covers the use of words and phrases that clarify causal connections and time aspects.

History 1b

The course history 1b covers points 1–5 under the heading Aim of the subject.

Core content

Teaching in the course should cover the following core content:

· The European classification of time periods from a chronological perspective. Prehistory, Ancient history, Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment with some areas of specialization. Problematisation of the dependency of historical classification of periods on cultural and political conditions based on specific areas, such as why the term, the Viking Age, was introduced in Sweden in the late 19th century, or comparisons with classifications in some non-European cultures.

· Industrialisation and democratisation during the 19th and 20th centuries in Sweden and globally as well as, as well as key global processes of change and events, such as migration, peace-making, resource distribution and increased prosperity, international cooperation, human rights, gender equality, but also colonialism, dictatorships, genocide and conflicts. Long-term historical perspectives on changes in power relationships and their different historical explanations.

· Different historical questions and explanations concerning long-term historical change processes from a chronological perspective which reflects both continuity and change, such as changes in population, formation of states, agricultural development and different views on the value of human beings, on power and gender patterns.

· Historical source material that reflects people’s roles in political conflict, cultural change, and the attempts of men and women to change both their own situations and those of others. Different perspectives based on social background, ethnicity, generation, gender and sexuality.

· Critical examination, interpretation and use of different kinds of source material based on critical source criteria and methods.

· How individuals and groups have used history in everyday life, societal life and politics. The importance of history in forming identity, such as different attitudes to a shared cultural heritage, and as instruments for exercising influence in current conflicts.


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