Italian society, culture and literature III

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 60
Type: P

Course Description

Objectives and competences

  • awareness of the historically based complexity of the term "Italian culture";
  • awareness of the geographically and historically based difference between the inhabitants of different Italian regions by learning the history of the Italian peninsula;
  • awareness of the differences and similarities between the Italian and Slovene social systems;
  • awareness of the importance of the literary language for Italian cultural and political identity;
  • ability to recognise important authors and works from the 20th century;
  • awareness of the function of literary texts in Italian society.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The course is divided into two units:

a) Italian society and culture 3

b) Italian literature 3


Italian society and culture 3:

The Italian political system and the most important organs of the democratic republic, the most important political parties; the legal system in theory and practise, the school system and the changes made in the last few years; healthcare and social security; economy and development.

Italian literature 3:

An overview of the literary currents on the passage to the 20th century: Avant-garde, Decadence, the Crepuscolari, hermetic poetry and other movements of the first decades; Italian theatre in the 20th century; Pirandello; the development of the modern Italian novel; Svevo; fascist, antifascist and war literature; literature in the period after the wars; the most important contemporary poets and prose writers.


  • La Costituzione Italiana.
  • Bonifazi E., Pellegrino A. 2009. Terzo millennio. Corso di educazione alla convivenza civile. Firenze: Bulgarini.
  • Romano, R. (1994). Paese Italia. Venti secoli di identità. Roma: Donzelli.
  • Balboni, Paolo E. e Cardona, Mario (a cura di). Storia e Testi di Letteratura Italiana per Stranieri. Nuova edizione riveduta e corretta. Perugia: Guerra.
  • Petronio, G. 2000. La nuova attività letteraria in Italia. Palermo: Palumbo.
  • For their home reading students have to select at least 7 works from the reading list provided by the lecturer.


 Enrollment in the third year of Interlingual Communication.


The final passing grade consists of the average from the two subjects (Italian society and culture 3 and Italian literature 3). To pass, students must get a positive grade in both subjects.

Student responsibilities at both subjects:

- Italian society and culture 3: seminar paper, exam (covering Italian society and culture 1, Italian society and culture 2 and Italian society and culture 3) – 50 % of the final grade;

- Italian literature 3: seminar paper, home reading, i.e. at least 7 works from the reading list provided by the lecturer, exam (covering Italian literature 1, Italian literature 2 and Italian literature 3) – 50 % of the final grade.

Forms of marking: 6-10 or A-E (positive grade), 1-5 or F (negative grade). The assessment is in line with the Statute of the University of Ljubljana and the examination regulations of the Faculty of Arts.