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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Italian

Undergraduate Course: Italian 1 (ELCI08001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryTuition in written and spoken Italian. Language classes are streamed according to competence in Italian (from beginners to post-'A' level).
Study of aspects of Italian Culture - film, opera, literature - in their social and historical contexts.
Considerable private study is required in order to profit from this intensive course.
Course description Skills and competences:
By the end of the first year course, students will have acquired the following:
A. Language
- Structural competence: ranging from a basic grasp of Italian grammatical
structures for students with no previous experience of Italian, to a deeper
understanding of grammatical concepts for more advanced students.
- Lexical competence: they will have acquired/developed a vocabulary of 800-1200
Italian words.
- Communicative competence: they will be able to communicate in Italian both in
speaking and writing, within the range and context of the course.
- Receptive competence: they will read and understand short written texts of
medium to high level of difficulty and listen with understanding to 5-8 minute
sections of spoken Italian delivered at normal speed by a native speaker.

B. Italian Cultural Studies
- knowledge and understanding of the cultural developments of the periods studied
and of the formal and thematic issues raised by the selected works;
- familiarity with the recommended secondary material relevant to the period,
authors, directors and composers studied;
- understanding of the relationship between the works studied and their social and
historical context;
- ability to criticise, evaluate and interpret evidence.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements

Additional Costs Language textbooks:
For beginners to Intermediate level:
Ciao! by Carla Larese Riga, Heinle, Cengage learning, International (8th) Edition 2014 (£39.99)
For advanced students (A level/ Advanced Higher +)
Nuovo Progetto Italiano 2. Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana, by T.Marin and S. Magnelli, IV edizione, 2009 (approx £ 35)
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  88
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 75, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 294 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Continuous assessment plus examination. No exemption available.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a good grasp of everyday Italian vocabulary, grammar and syntax, along with a broad and critical understanding of Italian literature and culture.
  2. Appraise straightforward spoken and written information about everyday study or work related topics, identifying both general messages and specific details.
  3. Communicate with reasonable accuracy on familiar topics both orally and in writing, expressing personal opinions, and comparing and contrasting those of others.
  4. Develop effective communication, presentation and interaction skills across a range of media.
  5. Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to work flexibly with others as part of a team
Reading List
Cultural Studies reading list:
Baldassar Castiglione, "The Book of the Courtier", translated by George Bull, London, Penguin, 1976 (or any reprint of this edition)

Woodhouse, J. R. Baldesar Castiglione: A Reassessment of ¿The Courtier¿, Edinburgh University Press, 1978

Hanning, Robert W., and David Rosand (eds), Castiglione: The Ideal and the Real in
Renaissance Culture. New Haven: Yale University Press 1983

Burke, P., The Italian Renaissance: Culture and Society in Italy, 2nd edn.
Cambridge: Polity Press, 1999

Hale, J. R. (ed.). A Concise Encyclopaedia of the Italian Renaissance. London:
Thames and Hudson, 1980.

P. Bondanella, Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present (1983)

M. Liehm, Passion and Defiance: Film in Italy from 1942 to the Present (1984)

M. Kimbell, Italian Opera Cambridge University Press, 1991

W. Weaver, The golden century of Italian Opera, from Rossini to Puccini (1980)

G. Boccaccio, Decameron, ed. by J. Usher, Oxford World Classics, 1993
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDELC Italian 1
Course organiserDr Carlo Pirozzi
Tel: (0131 6)50 4461
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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