Course-specific learning objectives
In relation to professional destinations, the course aims to provide, on the basis of a solid foundation in theoretical linguistics and Italian, knowledge of two European foreign languages, as well as of the cultural heritage of the civilisations of which they are an expression, and a fair degree of written and oral competence in a third language.
The learning areas include the area of basic training activities, characterising training activities, and related and supplementary training activities. The course is structured over three years. In the first year, the programme of study only provides for the student's choice of first and second language. In the second year, the student chooses a third annual language and, among other things, philology (between Germanic, Romance and Slavic), which, although not strictly speaking, defines the language and literature in which the student intends to do the final examination. In their third year, students are usually invited to undertake possible study abroad experiences and internships. In the second year, the programme of study provides for free-choice ECTS credits that the student can assign to any of the University's course units in order to further customise his or her curriculum. Finally, as provided for by law, it is possible to submit an individual programme of study.
The course aims to create a graduate capable of understanding the social and cultural relevance of the historical and geographical contexts relating to the languages studied, also from an intercultural perspective. The graduate will be able to organise and plan his or her own activities with independent judgement and initiative.
The acquisition of the skills listed above is ensured by specific training activities that raise awareness of social, linguistic and cultural changes and the role of languages in modern society.
Students are called upon, through internship activities, to work in specific contexts that initiate the acquisition of independent judgement.
The verification of the acquisition of autonomy of judgement takes place through the assessment of the appropriateness of the student's individual programme of study and the degree of autonomy and ability to work, also in a group, through the monitoring of the results obtained during the internship.
Culminating moment for the development and verification of autonomy of judgement is the preparation and defense of the final examination, in which the student must collect, evaluate, interpret and discuss data relating to his or her field of study, a moment that is useful for determining an autonomously formulated judgement and that, in the field of linguistic and literary studies, particularly concerns cultural, social and ethical issues.
The graduate from the degree course:
- acquires the ability to assess one's own level of knowledge;
- possesses the methodological tools and analytical skills necessary to further develop this area of knowledge;
- achieves the necessary preparation to be able to pursue studies in Second-cycle degree programmes.
Learning skills are achieved in the curriculum as a whole, with particular regard to the planned individual study, the preparation of individual projects with the corresponding correction of papers and their rewriting, the acquisition of the fundamental tools of bibliographical research and lexical study.
Learning ability is assessed through forms of verification provided by the training activities.
The assessment takes into account the student's ability to organise his or her study time, demonstrated by the timeliness with which the deadlines for the tests themselves are met.
The capacity for learning and self-learning also matures during the preparation of the final examination and is further assessed at that time.
In addition to the scheduled course units, all individual activities carried out in the Multimedia Classroom and seminar activities (where provided for in the lectures), during which the student, after an independent check of his or her own knowledge, is invited to create individual paths of reinforcement and development of this knowledge, will be of particular formative value for the acquisition of these skills.
The degree course aims to train a graduate with strong written and oral communication skills in the mother tongue as well as in the foreign languages studied. The graduate is able to operate in heterogeneous and multicultural contexts by choosing specific communicative registers; he/she is also able to present content, information and ideas related to his/her field of study using appropriate communicative forms depending on the interlocutors.
The acquisition of the communication skills listed above takes place in the context of the course units that make up the three Areas into which the Course is divided, and more specifically in the Area of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Equally useful for the development of communication skills are educational activities such as internships and study abroad experiences, which bring the student into direct contact with multilingual and multicultural contexts. Finally, the preparation of the final examination and its discussion are further moments of development and application of the aforementioned communicative skills. Skills are tested through examinations, including the final examination, which involve understanding texts, and the preparation and oral presentation of reports and written documents.