IT3HL-History of the Italian Language

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Pre-req: Part 2 Italian
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Federico Faloppa


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to provide students with an awareness of the origin and development of the Italian language from the 10th to the 21st century. It also aims to give students a strong awareness of the importance of socio-historical factors for the development and the standardisation of a “national” language.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module, students will have acquired:

-a general knowledge of the history of the Italian language up to the 20th century
-knowledge about the methodological issues relating to the description of contemporary Italian
-a detailed knowledge of a selection of texts which are of crucial importance in relation to the history of the Italian language
-the ability to carry out a linguistic analysis of a text.

Additional outcomes:
Students will be able to provide rigorous definitions of linguistic phenomena and to argue them orally and in writing. Students may also develop their IT skills by conducting Web searches for materials relevant to the module and by submitting word processed essays.

Outline content:
The course will go through the main events and phenomena that contributed to the making of the Italian language and will follow the issues debated in the so called Questione della lingua, from Dante’s De vulgari Eloquentia to Pasolini’s and Calvino’s discussion on the new Italian.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught through a combination of formal lectures and one-hour long seminars for which students will carry out preparatory reading. Seminars will be delivered in a structured group discussion.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15 15
Guided independent study 83 85 2
Total hours by term 98.00 100.00 2.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 40
Written assignment including essay 40
Project output other than dissertation 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework: Assessment in the Autumn Term will comprise one 2500-word essay (40%), an academic poster or a small project (worth 20%), and a final 2-hour exam (worth 40%) of the final mark. The overall assessment mark will be subject to scrutiny by a second internal examiner and by the external examiner where relevant.

Formative assessment methods:
All students will be asked to contribute to class discussion and to the History of the Language blog in Wordpress.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work. (Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in the degree as a whole. Coursework for reassessment must be resubmitted by 12 NOON on the third Friday of August or, if the University is closed on the third Friday of August, at 12 NOON on the next working day thereafter. 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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