Undergraduate Course: Italian 1 (ELCI08001)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||An 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.
By the end of the first year course, students will have acquired the following skills and competences:
- 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)
||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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 75,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
(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%
Oral Presentation 5%
Grammar Test 10%
Cultural Studies Homework (Renaissance) 10%
Cultural Studies Homework (Opera) 10%
Listening Test 10%
Oral Presentation 5%
Grammar Test 10%
Cultural Studies Homework (Cinema) 10%
Cultural Studies Homework (Theatre) 10%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a good grasp of everyday Italian vocabulary, grammar and syntax, along with a broad and critical understanding of Italian literature and culture.
- Appraise straightforward spoken and written information about everyday study or work related topics, identifying both general messages and specific details.
- Communicate with reasonable accuracy on familiar topics both orally and in writing, expressing personal opinions, and comparing and contrasting those of others.
- Develop effective communication, presentation and interaction skills across a range of media.
- Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to work flexibly with others as part of a team
|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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||DELC Italian 1
|Course organiser||Dr Carlo Pirozzi
Tel: (0131 6)50 4461
|Course secretary||Miss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635