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BA Italian Studies / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Italian Project

Unit code ITAL10600
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Italian Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

Running parallel with the Level 1 course units Italian Cultural Studies and Reading Italy: Medieval to Modern, and building on the techniques of textual analysis that they introduce, this course will enable students to deepen their appreciation and understanding of Italian literature and develop their reading skills in Italian. Through a combination of small-group workshops, group tutorials and private study, students will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to write commentaries and essays on texts chosen from a prescribed list. The workshops will focus on a range of tutor-led and student-led activities designed to develop understanding of Italian literature and methods of analysing and discussing it. The tutorials will provide individualized tuition in small groups.

Aims

  • To develop critical thinking, conceptual reasoning and analytical skills
  • To develop the ability to read and analyse literary texts
  • To develop the ability to place literary texts in social and political context
  • To develop a better understanding of the historical and social realities of the Italian-speaking world
  • To develop a better understanding of literary texts in Italian

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course unit, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Italian literary texts
  • demonstrate understanding of Italian written language
  • conceive their own commentary and essay topics
  • write commentaries and essays discussing and analysing Italian literary texts
  • place the texts in their historical context
  • make use of relevant methodology
  • engage with secondary literature

 

Teaching and learning methods

 

 

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  •  demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Italian literary texts
  • write commentaries and essays discussing and analysing Italian literary texts
  • place the texts in their historical context

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Conceive their own commentary and essay topics
  • Write commentaries and essays discussing and analysing Italian literary texts

 

Practical skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Use the library, electronic and online resources.
  • Use reporting skills during student-led in-class activities.
  • Demonstrate understanding of Italian written language

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

On successful completion of course units in Italian Studies, students will have developed their ability to:

  • manage time, and work to deadlines;
  • use information and communication technology (ICT);
  • undertake independent learning and reflect upon their achievements;
  • participate constructively in group/team work and group discussions;
  • assess the relevance and importance of the ideas of others;
  • demonstrate powers of analysis;
  • display good literacy skills in English and Italian;
  • show an awareness of and a responsiveness to the nature and extent of intercultural diversity.

 

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Students taking this unit will be able to analyse and evaluate both existing literature on the texts studied and the primary set materials themselves. Above all, committed students will emerge from this course unit with a capacity to think critically, i.e. knowledgeably, rigorously, confidently and independently.
Innovation/creativity
On this unit students are encouraged to respond imaginatively and independently to the questions and ideas raised by existing literature on the topic and the primary corpus of texts studied.
Project management
Students taking this unit will be able to work towards deadlines and to manage their time effectively.
Research
Students on this unit will be required to digest, summarize and present large amounts of information. They are encouraged to enrich their responses and arguments with a wide range of further reading.
Written communication
Students on this unit will develop their ability to write in a way that is lucid, precise and compelling.

Assessment methods

Commentary plan Formative
Commentary 45%
Essay plan and bibliography Formative
Essay 55%

 

Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

  • Written and oral feedback on the commentary plan in S1 week 12

formative

  • written feedback on the commentary

summative

  • Written and oral feedback on essay plan and bibliography by S2 week 9

Formative

  • Written feedback on the essay

Summative

 

Recommended reading

Set Texts :

Semester 1: A selection of short stories, poems and plays will be made available on Blackboard

Semester 2: A list of selected novels and novellas with short summaries will be made available on Blackboard. All texts suggested are available in the University of Manchester library and in affordable pocket editions.

 

Suggested further readings

  1. Chambers, Ellie, and Andrew Northledge, The Arts Good Study Guide (Milton Keynes: Oxford University Press, 1997)
  2. Cuddon, J. A., The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (any edition)
  3. Reardon, Denis, Doing Your Undergraduate Project (London: SAGE, 2004)

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Tutorials 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 176

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Francesca Billiani Unit coordinator
Guyda Armstrong Unit coordinator

Additional notes

 

 

 

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