Italian MA

Italian Culture 2 ITALIAN2010

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce students to a selection of topics related to the cultural production and cultural identities of the Italian-speaking world. It will explore a range of textual and cultural materials in Italian, across a number of periods and genres, supported by school-wide lectures on cross-cutting themes and concepts.


8 x 1 hour Core culture lectures on Monday at 11am in weeks 2,4,7,9 of both semesters.

20 x 1 hour Subject lectures on Wednesday at 9am in weeks 1-5 and 7-11 of both semesters.

8 x 1 hour Seminars on Monday at 9am in weeks 4,6,9,11 of both semesters.

Excluded Courses



Theoretical Frameworks for Culture 2 Courses (MODLANG2003)


Essay (1,800 words) - 50% 

Exam (2 hours) open exam within 24 hours - 50% 

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ study selected topics and periods in relation to the cultural identities of the Italian-speaking world;

■ explore these materials within a conceptual and theoretical framework provided in a series of core lectures delivered across language areas, covering questions such as nation and identity, gender, space and location;

■ analyse texts in terms of their ideas, their formal features and their broader significance within Italian culture;

■ think about texts and topics through an appropriate framework of critical and interpretative materials and approaches.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ discuss key themes with detailed reference to the materials studied

■ discuss the main concepts covered in the core lectures and apply these concepts to the texts studied;

■ identify and analyse key formal features of texts and demonstrate an understanding of their broader significance within Italian culture;

■ understand the major critical approaches introduced in the course and use these appropriately in discussing course texts.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75 per cent by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.