4th year Syllabus

By #Saf Ou

Am Civ:

  • US in the First World War, Wilsonian World Order
  • Post-war America, reactions to war, invention of the automobile, rural exodus
  • The Roaring Twenties: booming industry, consumerism, jazz age, sexual revolution, immigration, the film industry
  • Reaction to change: fundamentalism, racism, isolationism, the Prohibition
  • The Wall Street Crash: Americans feel betrayed, Hoover fails the nation
  • Roosevelt and The New Deal
  • World War Two: the move from Isolationism to interventionism, Roosevelt brings Wilsonian New World Order to life
  • The Cold War: causes and consequences.

 Brit Civ:

  • History of the Labour party up until World War Two
  • Labour in Power in 1945: achievements, setbacks, why did Labour lose in 1951?
  • The Post-War consensus: its principles, how it was maintained and how it fell apart
  • The British political system: parliament, the monarchy, political parties, lobbies, electoral system
  • The British decline: economic, political and social
  • Thatcherism: what it means, how it changed Britain, its effects on today’s society
  • New Labour: how Labour changed from 1979 to 1997, Tony Blair and the Media
  • Mass Media: its history, its impact on today’s society, its dangers.
  • The British Society: class system, educational system, life opportunities, immigration and its effects.

For literature, we deal with the movement and genre that the works belong to, their author, the themes, characters and style of writing.

Am Lit: teachers select two works from the following:

  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams
  • The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot

English Lit: teachers select two of these Shakespearian plays or all three:

  • Hamlet
  • Macbeth
  • Twelfth Night

African lit: teachers select two from:

  • Mine Boy, John Abrahams
  • A Walk in the Night, Alex La Guma
  • A Grain of Wheat, N’gugi Wa Thiongo


  • Principles of Scientific Methodology
  • Saussure and the birth of Linguistics, Structuralism
  • Franz Boaz, Sapir and Whorf, Linguistics in America
  • Leonard Bloomfield
  • Noam Chomsky and Mentalism, Generative Grammar
  • Sociolinguistics: social and regional dialects, dialect vs language, pidgins and creoles


  • What is Learning?
  • Behaviourist school and method: Pavlov, Skinner, Ausubel
  • Cognitivist school and method: Kohler, Piaget
  • Humanist school and method: Paulo Freire, Karl Rogers
  • How do we learn?
  • Intelligence: its definitions and how it is tested (IQ tests etc.)
  • Memory: memory problems, how to overcome them
  • Motivation: Abraham Maslow’s pyramid of needs. Good and bad anxiety
  • Teacher-student relationship
  • Obstacles to learning: badly organized program, incompetent teaching, bad classroom atmosphere
  • Classroom dynamics: the reject, the star of the class, the independent learner
  • What makes a good teacher?

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