cod. 1006239

Academic year 2018/19
1° year of course - First semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
integrated course unit
12 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Course unit structured in the following modules:

Learning objectives

GL mod. A:
- Knowledge and understanding:
students will develop knowledge and comprehension competence in the field of the ancient Greek literature thanks to the use of different sources regarding foundation topics.
- Applying knowledge and understanding:
students will be able to apply knowledge and comprehension skills in Greek literature: they will become acquainted with the bibliographical corpora. 
Comprehension and problem solving skills will be reinforced and applied to new or unfamiliar topics, belonging to wider or interdisciplinary contexts related to their field of study.

- Making judgements:
students will be able to collect and interpret data to determine autonomous judgements in the field of ancient Greek literature, including cross-cultural and interdisciplinary thinking on cultural and intercultural, scientific and ethical topics connected to the judgements expressed.
- Communication skills:
 thanks to the specific focus on communication competences and in particular on the development and use of mediation skills, students will be able to convey information to specialists and non-specialists. 
Students can make conclusions clearly and through the support of their knowledge. They will also be able to explain the reasons for their conclusions.

- Learning skills:
thanks to the general scaffolding of the course, students will develop learning skills useful to continue studying autonomously and in a self-directed way in lifelong learning education.
RL: The course aims to give a basic knowledge, from a linguistic and historical point of view, of Romance philology: this background is necessary for Italian Literature students and for French and Spanish language and literature students.
1) Knowledge and understanding: by the end of the course the students will know fundamental knowledge of romance linguistic and romance literatures and will be able to read and translate simple texts.
2) Applying Knowledge and understanding and judgments making: by the end of the course students will be able to comment upon texts read in the course and to make simple links between romance languages and literatures.
3) communication skills: by the end of the course students will be able to express and share informations, problems and solutions in a clear manner.
4) Learning skills: by the end of the course students will be able to get information in basic scientific literature.


GL mod. A: there will be a preparatory course ("Greco zero"), addressed to those who have not previously dealt with the study of the Greek language (IDEA project).
RL: basic skills in literature and linguistics.

Course unit content

Greek Literature (= GL) "mod. A"GL mod. A: Euripides' Alcestis: text and interpretation.
Romance Literatures (= RL):
After some introductive lessons about the origins of romance languages, the course will contextualize the main literary genres (poetry, epic, romance, tale) and will focus on Trojan subject narrative, analyzing the fortune of Trojan myth in medieval romance literatures, with particular attention for Benoît de Sainte-Maure’s Roman de Troie, Old French poem of the XII century.

Full programme

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GL mod. A: For the text and the translation of the work above mentioned, reference editions will be recommended at the beginning of the course. For the institutional part of the examination: History of Greek literature; two works at choice; optionally, an essay at choice) and see the extended program (PDF online at ELLY and in classroom from the beginning of the course).
RL: Paolo Gresti, Introduzione alla linguistica romanza, Bologna, Pàtron, 2016.
Furio Brugnolo, Roberta Capelli, Profilo delle letterature romanze medievali, Roma, Carocci, 2011 (or later reprints), chap. 1, 2 and 6.
Non-attending students are requested to contact the teacher.

Teaching methods

GL mod. A: The teaching method in use is appropriate to the specific needs of the subject which requires the communication of the main course contents through classes; discussion with the students about textual and exegetical problems; tutorial programs for the students.
RL: Academic teaching: reading, translation and commentary of selected texts, in particular of passages from Old French Roman de Troie.

Assessment methods and criteria

GL mod. A: students will be assessed by an oral examination based on the readings and other material used in the course and that will be administered at the end of the course. The assessment aims to test: 1) proper knowledge and critical understanding of the main themes of the history of the Greek literature (6/12 CFU); 2) oral proficiency; correct use of language; ability to give proper answers to the questions. In more detail:
a fail is determined by the lack of an understanding of the minimum content of the course, the inability to express oneself adequately, by a lack of autonomous preparation, the inability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an inability to make independent judgments. A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the minimum, fundamental contents of the course, an adequate level of autonomous preparation and ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an acceptable level of ability in making independent judgments. Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a more than sufficient level (24-25/30) or good level (26-27/30) in the evaluation indicators listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basis of the student’s demonstration of a very good or excellent level in the evaluation indicators listed above.
RL: The exam consists of an oral examination; questions are of 3 kinds:
- test of reading, translation and linguistic analysis of a text chosen from the course;
- test on linguistical competence;
- test on the literary and historical context.
The 3 sets of questions will equally concur to the final note (in 30 scale); it is necessary to have a satisfactory note (18/30) in each set.
The student is immediately told of his note.
A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the basic, fundamental contents of the course; middle-range scores (24-27/30) corresponds to good level of knowledge and to che ability in making simple links and apply it to problem solving; higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) correspond to developed abilities and competence in making links among different languages and literatures.

Other information

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