2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
ITAL1025 Exploring Italy: Introduction to Italian Culture and Society (Beginners)
20 creditsClass Size: 70
Module manager: Dr Gigliola Sulis
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
This module is mutually exclusive with
|ITAL1020||Exploring Italy: Introduction to Italian Culture and Society|
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryFew countries can boast as rich and diversified a history, culture and society as Italy. Its heritage was built and consolidated over centuries of national fragmentation, which came to a close only with the Unification in the 19th century. Still today Italy is characterised by linguistic diversity, different artistic and cultural traditions, and by loyalties to regional languages and cultures. By attending this module, you will enter a journey of discovery of Italian culture and society from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, and from modern to contemporary times. You will learn to analyse masterpieces of Italian art and literature, as well as popular texts. Thanks to a selective overview of key moments and texts, this module represents the essential foundation stage of your studies in Italian at Leeds: it allows you to have a broad understanding of the nation’s socio-historical and cultural dynamics, on the basis of which you will be able to build your independent studies in future years.
ObjectivesThis module aims to:
- Introduce students to key approaches, themes and developments in Italian Studies
- Develop students’ awareness of Italian composite history, culture and society throughout the centuries (from the Middle Ages to our times, but with a focus on key periods)
- Present students with different objects of analysis and their respective methodologies (e.g. literature, arts, cinema, language, history);
- Encourage students to engage actively with scholarship in the field of Italian Studies and to develop an understanding of the key principles of academic research
- Develop students’ ability to create an argument and to present it professionally in oral and written form.
By the end this module, students should be able to demonstrate:
- Knowledge of key developments in Italian history, culture and society from the Middle Ages to the 21st century
- Understanding of key approaches, concepts and themes in Italian Studies
- An ability to identify, analyse and evaluate arguments in scholarly sources and develop their own position in response
- An ability to analyse diverse forms of discourse
- In-depth knowledge of a number of Italian cultural texts
- Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
- to demonstrate knowledge of and engage critically with Italian culture, history and society
- to have an understanding of Italian Studies as a field of study
- to critically analyse a variety of different primary and secondary texts
- to communicate ideas effectively in speaking and writing
The module covers medieval and Renaissance Italy as well as modern and contemporary Italy. After a socio-historical introduction, for each period taught, selected a number of key texts will be presented (including literature, films, visual arts); they will be analysed with different methodologies, borrowed from historical and social studies, history of the language/sociolinguistics, art history, literary studies, film studies.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||170.00|
|Total Contact hours||30.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private study- Preparation for lectures (3.5 hours per taught week, 70 hours)
- Preparation for seminars (2 hours per week in alternate week, 20 hours)
- Completion of non-assessed formative assignments (= blog entries) (20 hours)
- Preparation for sem1 exam (30 hours)
- Preparation for sem2 essay (30 hours)
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents’ progress will be monitored via the entries they will post in the module blog at regular intervals (before fortnightly seminars) and via class discussion, especially during seminars.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||50.00|
Resit will be with another essay in August (a different title from the same list of options).
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S1)||2 hr 00 mins||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||50.00|
Resit exam in August.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 10/10/2019
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