Italian MA

Honour and Shame in Italian Culture: Emotions and Performance ITALIAN4057

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course will introduce students to the study of emotions, conceptualise honour and shame from a psychological and anthropological perspective, and discuss how these emotions are represented in Italian culture across a variety of genres (e.g. literature, theatre, film and TV).


20x1hr sessions over both semesters as scheduled in MyCampus.


This is one of the honours options in SMLC and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Essay (1500 words) - 35%

Essay (2500 words) - 65%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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:

■ examine the concepts of honour and shame and their representations in Italian culture in a range of contexts;

■ encourage students to think critically about how issues of gender and ethnicity shape the experiences of honour and shame and their representations;

■ familiarise students with a range of primary sources ranging from fictional writing to theatrical works to films, and thus deepen their understanding of Italian culture across selected socio-historical contexts;

■ enhance students' ability to construct persuasive arguments grounded in critical interpretation and cultural/ historical context.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ develop a critical response to concepts of honour and shame and analyse their representation within Italian cultural and historical contexts;

■ identify points of debate in scholarly writing on the topic studied and engage with these debates in the analysis of primary sources;

■ apply critical reading skills to cultural products in different genres;

■ produce well-supported and well-referenced written arguments on course topics.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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