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This subject involves a detailed analysis of a number of Italian texts, literary and non-literary, for the purpose of familiarising students with various registers and styles. There are regular oral and written practical exercises. The literature section provides an opportunity for students to practise their spoken Italian through the study of literary texts. By the end of the semester, students should have further developed their written and oral production skills and should have acquired the ability to competently discuss texts in Italian.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to interpret and analyse a range of academic and literary texts in their cultural contexts;
- be able to communicate effectively in Italian in an academic and professional context and with a high degree of fluency and accuracy;
- be specialized in at least one of the five core areas of Italian literature, linguistics, history, cinema, and cultural studies;
- have refined analytical skills in the field of Italian studies and improve the ability to research and discuss key aspects of Italian studies with a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
- have gained the capacity to engage in dialogue (in Italian) taking into consideration the diverse needs of the Italian local and academic community;
- have mastered a differentiated and informed understanding of the self and other and of cross-cultural exchange and gain a sophisticated understanding of the interaction between language and identity;
- be able to 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 target culture, and work effectively in a cooperative way using both Italian and English.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have gained an understanding of 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;
- have gained skills in public speaking and confidence in self-expression through tutorial participation and class presentations.
Last updated: 6 December 2019