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Thursday, April 29, 2010

week thirteen, tests etc

L1 Course on Britain since the Romans :
The final lecture is on Thursday 6 May at the usual time. The exam, combined with US civilization and with Literature, is on 17th May - see the Faculty website.

L1 TD on Britain from the Reformation to the Great Exhibition - the final classroom test is on Thursday 6 May at the usual time.

L2 Phonetics
The final classroom test is on Friday 7th May at 9am. Please arrive on time!

L2 Thème
The final classroom test is on Friday 7th May.

Good luck to one and all.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Industry and Empire: From 1750 to the Present Day: Amazon.fr: E.J. Hobsbawm: Livres en anglais

Industry and Empire: From 1750 to the Present Day: Amazon.fr: E.J. Hobsbawm: Livres en anglais

And I recommend Eric Hobsbawm's classic history of the Nineteenth century.

Victorian Spirit : Victorian era - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Victorian era - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The wikipedia article on the Victorian Era in Britain is a useful introduction, or revision.

Click on the link above.

Victorian Spirit - YouTube - The Mark Steel lectures - Charles Darwin (1/3)

YouTube - The Mark Steel lectures - Charles Darwin (1/3)

Historian - and comedian! - Mark Steel, gives a fascinating and controversial lecture on the theories and importance of Charles Darwin.

Monday, April 19, 2010

L1 Civilisation Bordeaux 3 Corrections

Je déposerai aujourd'hui chez Mme Bertrand vos copies corrigées.
Mettons que c'est une bonne chose qu'il s'agissait d'un examen blanc!
Bon courage pour la suite; envoyez moi un mail si vous avez des questions etc.
john [point] mullen [at] wanadoo [point] fr

Saturday, April 17, 2010

YouTube - Monty Python - Kilimanjaro Expedition

YouTube - Monty Python - Kilimanjaro Expedition

Another Monty Python sketch, about a mountaineer who sees double.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Examen blanc civilisation britannique L1 Bordeaux 3

Voici le texte et des réponses suggérées

Gordon Brown promised the "most comprehensive programme of constitutional reform for a century" as he sought to seize the initiative in the General Election campaign today.
The Prime Minister said the Labour Party's election manifesto would "chart a course" towards a written constitution - with a commitment to fixed-term parliaments - as part of a wide-ranging plan to restore trust in politics.
Earlier Mr Brown and David Cameron clashed again over National Insurance at the final Prime Minister's Questions of the current parliament.
The Conservative leader claimed the Government's planned increase would "wreck" the recovery.
And Labour's clash with business leaders who opposed the rise threatened to escalate as Mr Brown repeated Business Secretary Lord Mandelson's claim that they had been "deceived" by the Conservatives.
In his first set-piece speech of the campaign, Mr Brown said that fundamental reform of the political system was essential to rebuilding public trust in the wake of the expenses scandal.
As well as pledging fixed-term parliaments - ending the historic power of the prime minister to choose the timing of future elections - he promised referendums on voting reform for Westminster elections and final reform of the House of Lords.
Other measures would include a ban on MPs working for lobbying companies, giving voters the power to get rid of MPs who are guilty of gross financial misconduct, a right of petition to trigger Commons debates on issues of public concern and a free vote for MPs on lowering the voting age to 16.
"All politicians, of every party and at every level, must acknowledge that there has been a fundamental rupture in the bond of trust between those who serve, and those who they are sworn to serve," he said.
"So I am asking the British people for a mandate to undertake the most comprehensive programme of constitutional reform in this country for a century."
He added: "I would take no pride in walking through the door of No 10 again, take no joy in victory, if it comes without a mandate to get rid of the old discredited system of politics."
Mr Brown's promise of a referendum on voting reform for Westminster elections - to be held by October 2011 - has been widely seen as an overture towards the Liberal Democrats in the event of a hung parliament.
Labour's proposed alternative vote system does not, however, go as far as the full system of proportional representation favoured by the Lib Dems.
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg reacted coolly to the proposal, insisting neither Labour nor the Conservatives could be trusted when it came to constitutional reform.
"They have systematically at every turn blocked every single reform - they have blocked party funding reform, they have blocked reform on lobbying," he said.
"Believing any promises from them on political reform is a bit like accepting a consumer service guarantee from Del Boy - don't believe it, they are trying to treat you like fools."
For the Tories, shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve said that only a new government could deliver real political reform.
"Labour have had 13 years to fix our broken politics, but all Gordon Brown can offer is partisan meddling with the electoral system and votes for teenagers. To get new politics we need a new government," he said.
In the Commons, Mr Cameron arrived for Prime Minister's Questions armed with the backing of another 30 business leaders for his promise to reverse part of the Government's planned increase in National Insurance contributions, due next April.
As Speaker John Bercow had to intervene repeatedly to enable the two leaders to be heard, Mr Cameron said that Labour was imposing a "jobs tax" which would kill off the recovery.
"This Prime Minister would wreck the recovery by putting a tax on every job, on everyone earning over £20,000, a tax on aspiration, a tax on every business in the country," he said.
Mr Brown, however, said that it was the Tories' plans to cut spending by £6 billion this year which would jeopardise the recovery and undermine frontline public services such as schools, hospitals and policing.
"To withdraw £6 billion from the recovery now would put jobs at risk, put businesses at risk, put growth at risk. We cannot cut our way to recovery but we could cut our way to double-dip recession," he said.

Civilisation britannique L1 Bordeaux 3. Suggested answers


1suggest a headline


Many possibilities, but I suggest
Gordon Brown promises constitutional reform


2 What is the present situation concerning the interval between general electiosn and what change does Brown propose ?

At present the prime minister can choose when to hold elections, but there is a maximum period possible between elections. Mr Brown proposes to make elections regular, exactly every four years for example. This is similar to the situation for presidential elections in America.

3 Who is David Cameron?



David Cameron is head of the Conservative party and Leader of the opposition.

4 What was the expenses scandal (para 3)


Members of parliament were found to have declared as professional expenses a large number of things which were not generally accepted to be so ( imaginary second houses for example). The emblematic example was the claim of one MP for money for a duck house.

5 What is a hung parliament?

A hung parliament is a parliament where no party has a majority in the number of Mps. This means that a coalition government of some sort is necessary. This is normally formed by the party with the highest number of MPs. This has already happened in Britain (in the 1970s) but it is rare.


6 Growth is the increase in the production of a country, an increase in the Gross National Product.
Backing is the same as “support”.
A ban is a measure which insists that something is not allowed (for example in some football stadiums there is a ban on selling alcohol).
Wide-ranging means including a large number of different proposals.

7 What constitutional changes happened about a century ago ?


In 1911 the Parliament Act changed the constitutional situation. After this act, the House of Lords no longer had the possibility to veto laws proposed by the House of Commons – they could only delay them. This was an important reduction in the power of the House of Lords. The House of Lords, after 1911, had the power to delay bills by two years, but only by one month for money bills. The Parliament Act also decided to give salaries to Members of Parliament, which had been for a long time a demand of democratic reformers.

8 Say something about the history of a written constitution in Britain


Britain has almost always been without a written constitution. Even though documents such as the Magna Carta in the thirteenth century or the Bill of rights of 1689 had some constitutional elements, Britain has normally been considered to have an unwritten constitution. The exception was during the eleven years when England did not have a monarch, from 1649 to 1660, when Oliver then Richard Cromwell were head of state. In this short period there were no less than three written constitutions.

9 What happened in the last reform of the House of Lords, and in the one before ?

In 1999 almost all hereditary peers were removed from the House of Lords, and life peers made up the immense majority of Lords after that date.
In 1958, a new law invented the idea of life peers. Rather than inheriting a title from one’s father, one could now be made into a Lord or Lady by the Queen on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. For the first time, there were women members of the House of Lords.

10 What are the main characteristics of the British voting system in General elections?

Voters vote only once – there is only one round. In each constituency, the candidate with the largest number of votes wins the seat – they do not need to get more than fifty per cent of the votes. This system, called the “first past the post” system, has been much criticized by defenders of proportional representation.


11 Apart from General elections, what other sorts of elections are there in Britain? Do they all use the same election system?

11 There are also local and county elections, and elections to the Scottish, Welsh and Norther Irish assemblies. These last elections have a mixed voting system with some elements of proportional representation.

The choice this election is three brands of implausible | Timothy Garton Ash | Comment is free | The Guardian

The choice this election is three brands of implausible | Timothy Garton Ash | Comment is free | The Guardian

An opinion piece from The Guardian.

La victoire des conservateurs moins certaine au Royaume-Uni - LeMonde.fr

La victoire des conservateurs moins certaine au Royaume-Uni - LeMonde.fr

Article du monde

YouTube - Monty Python - Lion Tamer

YouTube - Monty Python - Lion Tamer

By special request, this Monty Python sketch. It shows an interview with an accountant, who would like to change his job. He fills in a survey and the analysis shows that accountancy is the perfect job for him - but he finds it boring.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Projet professionnel

Comme dans toutes les UE, si vous n'avez pas eu la moyenne en première session, vous repassez en deuxième session. Voici les infos

Module « Projet professionnel » - Licence 1 -



A l’attention des étudiants inscrits en Session 2



Modalités de contrôle des connaissances:



- 2ème session : 1 écrit de 1h30 portant sur le dossier réalisé.



Thème du dossier :

« Elaboration d’un projet professionnel portant sur un métier choisi librement. »



Polycopiés disponibles bureaux 255 et 256





Réunions de préparation à l’épreuve écrite



Le lundi 10 mai de 16h30 à 18h30, salle 268



Le lundi 17 mai de 16h30 à 18h30, salle 268



Contacts :

- J. Blard-Laborderie

Bureau 256, bâtiment I3

E-mail : jblard.laborderie@univ-paris12.fr



- V. Cossin, secrétaire du module « Projet professionnel », bureau 255

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

YouTube - Monty Python - Italian Lesson

YouTube - Monty Python - Italian Lesson

Monty Python sketch - An Italian lesson.

Tory manifesto at a glance - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

Tory manifesto at a glance - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

Le manifeste du parti conservateur pour les élection législatives anglaises du 6 mai.

YouTube - The Cheese Shop sketch, Monty Python

YouTube - The Cheese Shop sketch, Monty Python

The gentleman goes into a cheese shop. He knows a lot about cheese, but will he be able to buy any?

L1 Civilisation Bordeaux 3 Parlement du Royaume-Uni - Wikipédia

Parlement du Royaume-Uni - Wikipédia

Tout en révisant pour votre UE de civlisation britannique, pourquoi ne pas compléter cet article de wikipédia en français.
Si vous faites des erreurs, je les corrigerai.

YouTube - TMBG - Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas) They Might Be Giants

YouTube - TMBG - Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas) They Might Be Giants

Learn science with this rock song from They might Be Giants!

Radio Australia

Radio Australia

If you're interested in Australia, listen to Radio Australia online. You can listen live, or to podcasts, and there is a "Learn English" section. Click on the link above.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

L1 British civilization - BBC - History: Abolition

BBC - History: Abolition

This BBC page gives a short account of the history of the abolition of the slave trade.

L1 civilisation TD Industrial Revolution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Industrial Revolution - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article from wikipedia on the Industrial Revolution is not bad. Click on the title above.

L1 CM Civilisation - Britain since the Romans

If you need to revise, you can find several of the lectures on the history of Britain since the Romans here.
Do a right-click and choose "enregistrer la cible du lien sous".

Be patient - the files may take ten or fifteen minutes to download.

1 Roman Britain

2 Invasions

3 The Middle Ages

4 The Reformation and the Civil War

British Culture : Deconstructing Meccano: The story of a British icon - Europe, World - The Independent

Deconstructing Meccano: The story of a British icon - Europe, World - The Independent

Friday, April 09, 2010

Examen option transversale

On m'a fait remarquer qu'une des deux questions sur l'examen pouvait être interprétée de deux façons. Vous ne serez pas sanctionné(e) si vous ne l'avez compris comme j'avais l'intention.

CM Panorama -Britain since the Romans

En principe vous avez suivi quatre modules de 6 heures - civilisation GB et US; littérature GB et US.

L'examen pour les quatre modules aura lieu en semaine 14.
C'est un examen écrit de 4 heures - vous répondrez à une question sur chaque module.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Every voice counts! IoS launches call to the ballot box - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

Every voice counts! <i>IoS</i> launches call to the ballot box - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

A general election is about to be called in Britain. A daily newspaper has launched a campaign againts abstention.