Italian Language & Society III - LAN00060H

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Raffaele Zanotti
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

Building on the skills acquired during the time spent in Italy, this module will aim to increase proficiency in the practice of different styles of Italian, both written and spoken. It will also enable students to master the techniques of extended essay writing in Italian. Particular emphasis will be given to developing students' ability to present and analyze sources from a critical perspective.

The module will focus on the relation between the citizen and the State in Italy and will explore four key areas: "red" and "black" terrorism from the the late 1960s and the 1970s; Corruption and the judicial inquiry called "mani pulite" in the early 1990s; The Mafia; Populism in politics in the last 20 years.

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

Building on the skills acquired during the time spent in Italy, this module will aim to increase proficiency in the practice of different styles of Italian, both written and spoken. It will also enable students to master the techniques of extended essay writing in Italian. Particular emphasis will be given to developing students' ability to present and analyze sources from a critical perspective. The medium of instruction is Italian.

Module learning outcomes

Satisfactory completion of the course should enable students to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of some of the aspects of modern Italian culture and society
  • Demonstrate an ability to undertake personal research
  • Present sources from a critical perspective and develop arguments effectively in both spoken and written Italian
  • Achieve a high level of accuracy in the production of both written and spoken Italian

Module content

Teaching is conducted in the target language.

Formative work is an integral part of the teaching and learning activities on this module, and takes place on a regular basis through written work, oral presentations, and class discussion throughout the module.

Assessments are written/conducted in the target language.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral Presentation
N/A 40

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay
N/A 60
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Oral Presentation
N/A 40

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work

Written formative work:

Written comments on the work, and mark on University mark scale.

Oral/written feedback in class, discussing major issues and mistakes/content/structure.

Individual feedback during office hours, when necessary.

Oral formative work:

Feedback on oral presentations and class discussions.

Direct oral feedback in class discussions.

Written feedback form for oral presentations with mark on university marking scale, comments on different aspects of the presentation, i.e. content, argumentation, logic, register etc.

Individual feedback during office hours, when necessary.

Written feedback will usually be given within one week to 10 days.

Summative assessment and feedback

Feedback: written feedback form with a mark on the university marking scale, confirmed by the second marker; and written comments on different aspects of the work, i.e. structure, content, logic and argumentation, grammatical accuracy, examples of typical mistakes (language).

Oral presentation

Feedback: Written feedback within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

Teaching materials and bibliographical references will be supplied during the course. Consultation of Italian daily newspapers and weekly magazines is essential for the students to keep up to date with current issues.



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