This introductory survey course explores how a tiny, isolated island acquired a global empire that spread its influence and language all over the world.  This class, therefore, will first engage with Britain’s history – from its earliest settlements, through to numerous conquests by foreigners. Then we will examine Britain’s imperial rise and her economic decline and survey her main political, economic and social institutions and connections created, maintained and lost throughout her history to the present. Consequently, this course equips students to better understand Britain’s past and present place in world affairs; as well as it equips students to appreciate influences that give birth to other “English Speaking Countries” e.g. the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, etc. The course will also appreciate the nature of Britain’s influence in how English became a market lingua franca and what that means for geopolitics in the days of her decline to the present. 


The student will do the following: 

  • Become familiar with Britain’s history, culture, and political, economic, and social institutions.
  • Assess the factors, which led to the rise of the British Empire, and those, which contributed to its decline 
  • Consider the English language as an organic entity rooted in history and undergoing constant evolution 
  • Gain valuable practice reading, writing, and speaking English
  • Assess the factors, which led to the rise of the United States’ as a global power;
  • Become familiar with the United States’ political, economic, and social institutions and its culture;
  • Become aware of major issues affecting the US today;
  • Become acquainted with the role of interpretation in US history.

The student will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the historical development and current operation of Britain’s parliamentary form of government and its economic system.
  • Identify key events and people in British history, society and government, place them in their correct historical sequence, and explain their significance.
  • Describe the process by which Britain acquired, ruled, and then dismantled a global empire.
  • Explain how various peoples contributed to the development of Britain’s culture, institutions, and the English language.
  • Express their understanding of course content using proficient English.
  • Describe the process by which the US became a global power;
  • Identify key events and people in US history, society, and government, place them in their correct historical sequence, and explain their significance; 
  • Describe the historical development and current operation of the United States’ constitutional form of government and its economic system;
  • Identify major events in American society and politics today;
  • Appreciate the importance of historiography in the study of US history

Requirements to teach at Sias International University:

Professional –

  • Minimum of Baccalaureate degree (Higher degrees preferred with additional compensation in salary)
  • 2 years of teaching experience or completion of 120+ hour TEFL certificate. Contact Us for more information.
  • Desire to interact in a cross-cultural setting
  • Willingness to learn and develop teaching with excellence

Moral –

  • Ability to work with a myriad of people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Willingness to enter into a foreign country with patience and diligence


  • Airfare to China
  • Return Airfare (with completion of one-year contract)
  • Medical Care Allowance
  • Accident Insurance
  • Private Apartment (see pictures)
  • Internet and Utilities Paid
  • Free Weekend Trips (see examples)
  • Paid Winter Holiday
  • Free Chinese Lessons
  • Faculty Cafeteria with International Food is now not a required benefit (see pictures)
  • Salaries start from 7,500-12,000 RMB ($1150-1875 USD) a month depending on the degree attained. Every year teachers get a raise and signing a 3-year contract after the first semester gives teachers a 16.7% raise. Learn more at How Much Money I Could Save Page.

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