Module Identifier IT30310  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Antonietta Feroldi  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Roberta Sartoni  
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 and/or a comprehension.)60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 10 written assignments OR 7 written assignments PLUS one web page production exercise40%
Supplementary Exam 1 x 2 hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3 hour examination if no continuous assessment submitted 

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
[Selection of recent articles appearing in the Italian national press.]


This module is at CQFW Level 6