American Culture and Innovation

Catalogue des cours de Institut Mines-Télécom Business School






1ère Année Management,Bachelor 1ère année,1ère Année Télécom







Crédits ECTS


Heures programmées


Charge de travail




  • Langues et Sciences Humaines

Equipe pédagogique


This class will cover the history of American inventions from 1800-2019 and their impact on American culture. In parallel, we will study the American history of this period and compare how the changes to everyday life in the US created by technological changes impacted the cultural movements that happened simultaneously to technological developments. Students will reflect on the impact of inventions, and question what “innovation” is, while learning about American culture and history.

Acquis d'apprentissage

• Understand the key components of the academic writing genre
• Produce basic academic texts in terms of organization, patterns of argument, cohesion, formality and process.
• Produce complex but clear sentences appropriate to academic genre
• Exercise judgement and flexibility in expressing complex ideas
• Conceive, plan and deliver academic presentations
• Interact effectively in an online ‘classroom’ and webinar setting
• Use techniques to engage in reasoned debate
• Facilitate discussions and show understanding in interpersonal contexts
• Deploy a range of reading techniques to quickly digest large quantities of reading material
• Recognize and reuse key vocabulary and language patterns appropriate to an academic context
• Recognize cultural differences with the target culture
• Produce a CV for an international academic application


Students will learn scientific vocabulary pertaining to technology, while also building a vocabulary to talk about historical and cultural movements in the US. They will learn about changes in American society throughout the 19th and 20th centuries and the development of “The American Way of Life.” They will be able to tell the history of the US during the 19th and 20th centuries through American technological inventions and make connections to the way that these innovations have impacted the way that people live in the US and abroad. Students will also be expected to use examples of American culture or art to demonstrate the impacts of American technology.
During this class, students can expect to add to their knowledge of American history, the history of technological development, and art history. They will learn how to formulate their own opinions on the cultural differences between the US and other countries, on the notion of “The American Way of Life” and its impact around the world, and appreciate the modern developments in American society and in technology.

Attentes du cours

Students are expected to be open to new ideas and to be capable of assimilating them as part of an ongoing process to improve their writing and presenting skills in English.

There will be a minimum of two (2) written activities and one (1) oral report.
The participation grade will be based on the following criteria:

• Punctuality: on-time and ready to work (non-disruptive in timekeeping)
• Motivation: Only speaking English in Class, no use of translation tools
• Professional: Appropriate setting, actions and interaction for professional context.
• Engagement: Participating appropriately in whole-class activities
• Focus/Responsiveness: Remaining focused during teacher input and on class tasks. Responds immediately and appropriately when asked.
• Committed to Homework: Homework delivered on time and to the best of your ability.
• Positive: Contributing to positive class atmosphere

General rules for ‘live’ sessions:
Think ‘COPPA’: Camera On (Mic. off unless contributing), Professional,
Positive. Awake.


B1: The coure of ROBIC


All Grading will be on a scale of 0 to 20, unless otherwise stated.

1/3 CF: A written response to given input, produced in an academic style
1/3 CC: Selected Classroom assignments, as detailed by the teacher.
1/3 PP: Presence & Participation (each representing 50% of the PP grade)

Presence: Students will receive credit for attending class regularly, up to a maximum of 1/6 of their total grade. Unjustified absences will thus have a direct impact on student’s overall grade.
Participation: Students will be assessed on their participation in class, according to the criteria in ‘classroom expectations’

Validating the tandem programme will add 2 bonus points to a student’s CC grade (CC) of the corresponding language course.
It is the responsibility of the student to make up for any missed work in order to avoid these absences further impacting final grades.

CEFR Grade (A1-C2)
Students will be continuously assessed as to their language level relative to the CEFR criteria.
There is NO DIRECT RELATION between a student’s CC/CF/PP and their CEFR level.

For more information, please refer to the LSH website.

Approches pédagogiques

Students should be ready for a high degree of interaction: in pairs, groups and in open class environments. Discussion will be the norm and everyone is expected to contribute in every class. Students will be called on during every class to contribute and should be ready to activate their microphone when called on. Students should arrive to class ready to participate with the necessary
materials. In addition to the regular classroom materials, this includes a computer equipped with a webcam, microphone, and active high-speed internet connection for the duration of each session.

Word processing required for documents, font size 12 point; double spaced; preferred file types: .doc, .docx, naming conventions: Class_Assignment_Name_Title_Date_Draft#; at top: your name, date essay title.


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Fiche mise à jour le 16/09/2020