Module Identifier IT30310  
Module Title THE LANGUAGE OF CURRENT AFFAIRS  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Elisabetta Tarantino  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) eligibility for entry to Level 3 Italian.  
Co-Requisite (Normally) IT30130  
Course delivery Contact Hours   15 Hours (10 one-and-a-half hour lessons/seminars)  
Assessment Continuous assessment   10 written assignments OR 7 written assignments PLUS one web page production exercise   40%  
  Exam   2 Hours written exam. (One translation and one summary from Italian into English.)   60%  

Brief description


This module aims to familiarise students with the language of current affairs (typically, as it appears in daily newspapers and weekly magazines). It also hopes to broaden the students' awareness of and curiosity towards the reality of contemporary Italy.


Lectures will be based, on a rota, on current newspaper or magazine articles or on material available in Robert Lumley' text (see below), which covers topics such as racism, political satire, terrorism, and the Tangentopoli scandal.


Students will be asked to prepare the material beforehand for discussion in class and then produce one piece of homework per week consisting, alternately, of a translation, a summary, or answers to the exercises in the Lumley text.


N.B. As an alternative to handing in three of the above pieces of work, students will be given the opportunity (and, if required, the necessary technical support) to produce a web page based on a current affairs article, with links explaining or illustrating relevant aspects of Italian culture, history, or politics.

Learning outcomes


At the end of this course, students should

Reading Lists

Books
Lumley, Robert. (1996) Italian Journalism. A Critical Anthology. MUP