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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 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryAn intensive course in spoken and written Italian, with a focus on language and grammar structures, offering classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. It will also be combined with introductions to some principal aspects of Italian Culture: such as Literature, Opera, Cinema, Theatre - in their social and historical contexts.
Auditing (Class only) is not allowed.
Course description By the end of the first year course, students will have acquired the following skills and competences:

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, understand and listening short written texts of simple to high level of difficulty.

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 This course is only open to Undergraduate University of Edinburgh and Visiting students. Postgraduate students must get the approval of the course organiser before enrolling.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  90
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 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework
(Language Course 60%; Cultural Studies 40%)
S1 and S2
Creative Writing task 10% (Avg. of 4 written assignments; 2 in S1 [max 200 words], 2 in S2[max 250 words])
Overall Participation 10%
S1 Only
Oral Presentation 5%
Grammar Test 10%
Cultural Studies Homework (Renaissance) 10%
Cultural Studies Homework (Opera) 10%
S2 Only
Listening Test 10%
Oral Presentation 5%
Grammar Test 10%
Cultural Studies Homework (Cinema) 10%
Cultural Studies Homework (Theatre) 10%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
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: 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.

Pirandello, Luigi, Six Characters in Search of an Author (first edition 1921), Trans. by John Linstrum, London: Metheun, 2004.

Fo, Dario, Accidental Death of an Anarchist (first edition 1970), Trans. by Ed Emery, London: Metheun, 1992.

Puppa, Paolo, Luigi Pirandello, in Farrell Joseph and Puppa Paolo (eds.), A History of Italian
Theatre, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 293-311.

Farrell, Joseph, Dario Fo, in Farrell Joseph and Puppa Paolo (eds.), A History of Italian Theatre, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 357-367.
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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