Perspectives on Italian opera: life, art and culture ADED11444

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course uses Opera compositions from the 15th to the 19th century, to investigate the artistic, cultural and sociopolitical history of Italy, and how these compositions contributed to and received from northern European cultures. Beginning with Poliziano (1454-95) and concluding with Puccini (1858-1924), each lecture encompasses art, literature and sociopolitical history and discusses the ways in which each selected Opera reflected ideas that were recurrent within these fields.


Block 3

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Tuesdays, 10.00-12.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Investigate the culture of Italy using a method that encompasses music, art and literature

■ Identify the ideas that engender the culture, art and music of Italy from early to late modern times.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Engage critically, through opera, with the artistic, literary and social components of the culture of Italy

■ Demonstrate through discussion with others an understanding of the complex culture of Italy

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits