cod. 1007459

Academic year 2020/21
1° year of course - Second semester
- Stefania VOCE
Academic discipline
Letteratura latina medievale e umanistica (L-FIL-LET/08)
Discipline linguistiche, filologiche e metodologiche
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: Medieval and humanistic latin Literature (INT.)

Learning objectives

The Medieval Latin Literature course provides specific and in-depth knowledge in the language and literature of the middle age. Overall, the teaching aims to achieve the following training objectives, according to the Dublin Descriptors:

Knowledge and understanding
The teaching of medieval Latin literature will allow students to acquire advanced content and methodological skills as well as critical understanding of literary texts in Latin. Knowledge and skills will be achieved through attendance at lectures, individual study and possible preparation of reports on specific subjects or in-depth bio-bibliographic cards.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
Students must acquire the ability to face the reading of the work of the chosen author with the methodological tools provided during the lessons and to apply these skills to other literary contexts and texts.

Making judgments
At the end of the course the students, on the basis of the analytical knowledge of both theoretical and linguistic and literary systems, will be able to examine and critically interpret the philological, linguistic and literary texts and problems that reside in them, in order to formulate their own hypotheses and independent judgments on the contents and on the socio-cultural context of reference.

Communication skills
At the end of the course the students will be able to clearly express, using a technical language, information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialist interlocutors. They will be able to formulate conclusions clearly and will also be able to explain the underlying rationale behind their conclusions.

Learning skills
The study of literature and the medieval language helps to obtain knowledge and methodological, analytical and critical skills aimed not only at the realization of the final thesis at the end of the course of study, but also at the insertion in an appropriate manner in the world of work tout court and 'teaching in particular.


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Course unit content

The course will be structured as follows:
a) Medieval Latin Literature: context and overview;
b) About animals: the medieval Bestiaries

Full programme

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Edoardo D'Angelo, La letteratura latina medievale: una storia per generi, Roma 2009// Paolo Chiesa, La letteratura latina del medioevo. Un profilo storico, Roma, Carocci editore 2017. Natura che m'ispiri. Alcuni percorsi letterari, linguistici, archeologici, geografici, a cura di Stefania Voce. Bologna, Pàtron, 2019.

Teaching methods

The lessons will be organized in person with the possibility of using the lessons in asynchronous mode even remotely (uploaded on the Elly page of the course); commented reading of texts, in the same way. In addition to a historical literary overview of the medieval age, the symbolic concepts of animals in medieval Bestiaries will be illustrated. The course will be accompanied by individual in-depth analyzes by students who will produce their own papers on subjects of their choice or bio-bibliographic cards to be presented according to a specific calendar. The slides used to support the lessons will be uploaded to the Elly platform. The slides are considered an integral part of the teaching material.

Assessment methods and criteria

If due to the persistence of the health emergency it is necessary to integrate the conduct of the exams with the remote method, the following will be done: oral questions (in presence / remotely via Teams); presentation of a paper prepared before the exam, to be corrected before the exam. The student must be in possession of the identification document to be shown during the exam;
during the test, texts and sources will be used, which must be free of writings and comments. During the final exam the general knowledge of medieval literature and the acquisition of content and methodological skills as well as the critical understanding of the proposed Latin text will also be assessed. The ability to apply these skills to other contexts and literary texts will also be tested.
The final score will be calculated from the arithmetic average of the partial scores of the two courses.
An insufficiency rating is determined by the lack of knowledge of the minimum course contents; the inability to express themselves adequately to the topic; the lack of self-training; the inability to solve problems related to finding information and decoding texts; as well as the inability to formulate judgments independently and to communicate content, analysis and judgments in a reasoned, competent and convincing manner to both specialists and non-specialists. A sufficient evaluation (18-23 / 30) is determined by an acceptable level of performance by the student of the evaluation indicators listed above; the average scores (24-27 / 30) are assigned to the student who proves to have a more than sufficient (24-25 / 30) or good (26-27 / 30) level of the evaluation indicators listed above, the highest scores ( from 28/30 to 30/30 and honors) are awarded based on the demonstration of an excellent to excellent level of the above evaluation indicators

Other information

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