• Az Egyesült Államok története c.előadás két félévre lebontva követi nyomon az észak-amerikai kontinens benépesülésétől az Egyesült Államok világhatalmi szerepének 21. századi átértékelődéséig zajló bel- és külpolitikai folyamatokat. Különleges figyelmet fordítunk a az amerikai nemzetépítés kulcsdokumentumainak elemzésére (pl. a függetlenségi nyilatkozat, az 1787-es alkotmány, George Washington búcsúbeszéde, a Monroe-doktrína, Abraham Lincoln gettysburgi beszéde); a polgárháború és az azt követő rekonstrukciós időszak alkotmányjogi, gazdasági és polgárjogi vetületeire; az imperialista terület- és piacszerzési törekvésekre a XIX. sz. utolsó harmadában; az első világháborús szerepvállalás rövid- és középtávú következményeire; a második világháború és a hidegháború hatásaira; valamint a bi-(és tri-)poláris világrend átalakulásával kapcsolatos, mai kihívásokra.

  • The principal aim of the course is to acquaint students with the brief history of language policy (LP) as a separate subfield of sociolinguistics; introduce its main concerns (especially in the United States), research directions and selected methods. By the end of the course students will have completed a methodologically sound research paper on a given topic.
  • The aim of the course is to complement the American history, culture, and civilization lectures and seminars, and/or to prepare students for further American studies by providing a deeper insight into trends, events, and policies that make headlines in the United States today.


  • The aim of the course is to complement the American history, culture, and civilization lectures and seminars, and/or to prepare students for further American studies by providing additional insight into the most current trends, events, and policies that make headlines in English-speaking countries.

    This particular seminar focuses on current U.S. cultural and political developments by following the weekly schedule of “NPR” (National Public Radio). The selected programs are discussed and commented upon by the students, thus contributing to vocabulary building in specific areas from business to education and politics, while at the same time strengthening especially the listening and speaking skills.

  • The principal aim of the lecture is to explore the factors behind the global spread of English by reviewing the relevant literature ranging from the “triumphalist” interpretations concerning the status achievement of World English(es) to the more critical approaches which stress the covert and sinister forces of linguistic imperialism working beneath the surface.
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  • The main objective of this course is to familiarize the students with the basic notions and concepts of linguistics and enable them to apply these notions appropriately where and when necessary. Areas covered in the course include phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical linguistics, regional and social variations of language and language acquisition.

  • The aim of the lecture is to explore the theoretical foundations and evolving concepts of bilingual education policies, and analyze the ways how these developments are (not) implemented in the United States.
  • The principal aim of the course is to explore whether it is possible to find a general set of beliefs, a consensual ideology behind the seemingly ad hoc language policy decisions in the United States and in the United Kingdom. These beliefs both derive from and influence practices, and they can serve as a basis for language management; or, conversely, a management policy can be intended to confirm or modify them. This interaction is to be examined with respect to three main areas of language policy, which are the officialization of language, minority (“bilingual”) education/foreign language learning, and granting access to civil rights (linguistic “human” rights). Finally, a few theories about English diffusion policies are also discussed.

  • The aim of the course is to deepen the students’ understanding of historical events, developments, and tendencies that were briefly discussed during the previous semesters as part of the U.S. History, Culture and Civilization courses. Now selected primary sources and landmark documents are focused on, ranging from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the Voting Rights Amendments of 1975. Special attention is granted to those sources that are widely considered to be the most important pillars of the “American Creed”.

  • The aim of this course is to focus on various aspects of American history and culture partly by following the topics covered in the lectures, and partly by giving due attention to other decisive issues in the history and foreign policy of the United States. As a basis of further discussion, students will be assigned app. 25-30 pages to read and several short videos/radio programs to watch/listen to before each seminar. They will be asked to express their opinion on these topics in the form of short presentations and discussions.

    Students will also be required to make their own multimedia project on a selected historical issue, and there are 2 tests to be expected during the semester.



  • The politics of language in the United States has never really resulted in what might be termed as a conscious, consistent and far-sighted language policy. Language rights de facto exist in the United States only as implicit residue of other individual rights, e.g. the First Amendment guarantee of “freedom of speech, or of the press,” and the “equal protection of the laws” provision in the Fourteenth Amendment. Until the mid-1990s, the federal government’s laissez-faire attitude concerning language issues had hardly departed from its liberalistic nonchalance, although the judicial and legislative branches had sometimes become embroiled in arguments that pertained especially to the problems of bilingual education. Since 1996 language policy issues have regularly appeared at federal level, and state-level activities have also intensified, resulting in the success of several, assimilation-oriented educational and “Official English” proposals.

    The purpose of the seminar is to focus on the rather complex language policy issues in the United States: educational policies for language minority children; linguistic access to political and civil rights; and the attempts to designate English as the sole official language of the U.S. These aspects are to be examined within the framework of essential American values, pluralism v. assimilationism, and the traditional role of the federal government.