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In this subject students will study key aspects of Italian culture, through the analysis of literary texts and other materials. Students will also have the opportunity to study the development of Italian society. By the end of the subject, students will have been introduced to a number of themes and texts in order to gain some understanding of the process of cultural analysis. They should also have acquired the ability to examine critically various aspects of Italian history and culture.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to interpret and critically analyse a range of academic, historical and literary texts on Italy;
- be able to communicate effectively using a variety of oral and written vocabulary in an academic context;
- have developed an understanding of key issues of Italian history and culture;
- have developed an ability to apply research skills and discuss key aspects of Italian studies with a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
- be ale to interpret and discuss key Italian-speaking cultures and history, and understand regional diversity in broader historical and political contexts;
- have developed an understanding of self and other and of cross-cultural exchange and gain an understanding of the interaction of language and identity;
- be able to independently apply a wide range of learning techniques (in Italian and English) as autonomous, motivated, self-directed and well-organised learners;
- be able to act confidently in Italian-speaking milieus and gain an awareness of cultural and historical contexts.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed critical thinking and analysis: through required and recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by assessing the strength of arguments;
- be able to understand social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Italian culture, and by formulating arguments;
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations.
Last updated: 22 January 2020