Module Identifier IT30310  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator To Be Arranged  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Mr Adriano Vincentelli  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) eligibility for entry to Level 3 Italian.  
Co-Requisite (Normally) IT30130  
Course delivery Other   15 Hours Contact Hours. (10 one-and-a-half hour lessons/seminars)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours written exam. (One translation and one summary from Italian into English.)60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 10 written assignments OR 7 written assignments PLUS one web page production exercise40%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
At the end of this course, students should

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.

Reading Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 6