Italian society, culture and literature 2

Credit points: 6
Contact hours: 60

Course Description

Objectives and subject-specific competences

  • Recognizing the complexity of modern Italian society.
  • Recognizing cultural and social differences in different geographic areas of Italy.
  • Recognizing differences and similarities between the Italian and Slovene social systems.
  • Understanding the importance of individual authors and their works for Italian cultural and political identity.
  • Understanding the function of literary texts in Italian society.
  • Recognizing the most important Italian authors from the 17th to 19th centuries.

Description of content

Italian society and culture II: Italy at the beginning of the third millennium: multiethnic culture, anthropologic aspects, social aspects, media, Internet expansion and computer science in general, the influence of English and globalization trends; immigration issues; opening of commercial borders, the European Union, etc; social differences between northern, central, and southern Italy; Italian dialects.

Italian literature II: Further discussions on the choices of the Italian literary language; Seicento: Baroque, melodrama; the birth of learned prose and Galileo; Settecento: Arcadia, commedia dell'arte and Goldoni's reform; Enlightenment; Neoclassicism, Romanticism: Vico, Foscolo, Leopardi, Manzoni; Verism: Verga, Carducci.

Basic bibliography

  • Romano, R. (1994). Paese Italia. Venti secoli di identità. Rome: Donzelli.
  • Petronio, G. 2000. La nuova attività letteraria in Italia. Palermo: Palumbo.

Students are required to read at least 7 texts from the literature list given to them by their instructor.

Conditions for inclusion or to undertake work required

Enrollment in the second year of the Interlingual Communication course.

Methods of assessment and the assessment scale

The final passing grade is the average of passing grades from both cycles. The grades from individual cycles are:

  • Italian society and culture: exam, term project;
    Italian literature: term project, exam, and reading required literature; i.e., at least 7 texts from the literature list given to students by their instructor.

Assessment scale: 6–10 (positive) or 1–5 (negative); in line with the Statute of the University of Ljubljana and the faculty's examination rules.