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

Undergraduate Course: Italian Literature: Texts in Context 2 (ELCI08005)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn introduction to the development of Italian literature and culture, from the Middle Age to the XXIst century, focusing on selected seminal works (literary, philosophical and political) in relation to their historical backgrounds.
Course description This course focuses on the study of Italian texts from the 13th to the 21th century, aiming to relate each text to its literary and cultural background.This course introduces students to a wide range of literary texts from the middle ages to the 21th century. Texts for study are chosen from a variety of genres and include works by some of Italy's most celebrated authors. Students will familiarize themselves with the intellectual, historical and cultural contexts in which the set texts belong and will analyse in depth the major intellectual developments in Italian literature since the Middle Ages.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Italian 1 (ELCI08001)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Italian Language 2 (ELCI08004)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs The prescribed texts set in the Reading List.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  46
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework
Coursework 70% (30% Self-reflective commentary; 40% Comparative Essay)
Group Presentation 20%
Individual Participation 10%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding and knowledge of the main Italian literary and historical developments from the 13th to the 21th century.
  2. Deepen the understanding of aesthetic and thematic aspects raised by the texts studied in relation to their cultural and socio-political contexts.
  3. Develop critical skills and improve command of literary terminology and rhetorical techniques. Demonstrate familiarity and engagement with the recommended secondary texts in relation to the texts studied.
  4. Demonstrate acquisition of certain transferable skills, including the ability to elaborate concepts, to evaluate evidence from different perspectives; to construct coherent and effective arguments.
Reading List
Dante, Inferno. Hollander (translator), Random House USA.

Niccolò Machiavelli, Il principe, ed. G. Inglese, Einaudi.
Niccolò Machiavelli, Mandragola, ed. Stoppelli, Mondadori.
Giacomo Leopardi, Operette morali a cura di L. Melosi, Rizzoli-Bur.
Giacomo Leopardi, Canti, a cura di Lucio Felici, Newton Compton.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDELC Italian 2 TIC
Course organiserDr Carlo Pirozzi
Tel: (0131 6)50 4461
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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