cod. 1009670

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Letteratura inglese (L-LIN/10)
Lingue e letterature
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Learning objectives

The course aims to provide students with historical-literary knowledge and enable them to develop advanced critical-analytical skills in relation to the British cultural environment, through specific examinations of authors, works and phenomena from the Middle Ages to the contemporary age (A.A. 2023-24: “Literature and/through Things: A Differential Approach”). In terms of learning goals, during the course the student will be invited to develop and acquire: in-depth knowledge of theoretical questions, authors, works, movements and aesthetic ideas, with the support of an updated critical bibliography; the ability to contextualise and analyze complex texts in English from both a formal and a thematic-ideological point of view; the ability to delineate research and analytical itineraries autonomously, using traditional and digital resources; the ability to formulate critical judgments based on a careful decoding of the text; communication skills in English based on the acquisition of the linguistic register and vocabulary appropriate to literary studies and to the C1 level of linguistic competence; the ability independently to apply the skills developed during the course to other types of text besides the literary. In addition, in line with the learning-and-teaching project of the Laurea Magistrale, students will be encouraged to develop a 'savoir etre' approach to literature, as well as more broadly transversal communication skills, engagement and problem-solving skills, in individual and group contexts, allowing them to acquire a diversified and transferable skill-set aimed at different professional and non-professional situations.


Knowledge of written and spoken English at C1 level of CEFR, of the main lines of development of English and British literature, and of the language of literary criticism and theory.

Course unit content

The course contents concern historical-literary aspects related to the British cultural sphere, through through specific examinations of authors, works and phenomena from the Middle Ages to the contemporary age. In particular, in Academic Year 2023-24, activities will focus on the line of analysis concerning the interrelation between things and objects and the text and other literary phenomena, with particular attention to the Romantic age (through the virtual museum project "Reve - Dreaming Romantic Europe"), but also taking into consideration works and authors from other periods and movements. Detailed information is provided during the first class.

Full programme

The exam syllabus will be available online, on the Moodle (Elly) page of the course, after its conclusion.


Bibliographic references are provided during the course and are specified in the exam syllabus.

Teaching methods

Generally, during the lectures, held in English, the teacher will introduce the main aspects of the historical-cultural context, authors and texts, with reference to the course bibliography and additional textual or visual materials available in the Library of Foreign Languages and Literatures (UNIPR), in online archives, and the Moodle (ELLY) platform of UNIPR. As per the degree regulations, students who cannot attend in-class activities will be able to have access to recorded materials (through the university’s TEAMS platform). During the course, students will be encouraged to develop individual in-depth explorations and original approaches to the themes and problems raised during the course. At the same time, in accordance with the learning-and-teaching project of the Laurea, the course also includes a number of seminar-style classes, in which students are invited to develop their own insights and analyses. In these seminar moments, where possible, students are encouraged to develop and acquire transversal and transferable skills through group work, debate and discussion activities, and oral presentations.

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment of knowledge, skills and competences is through an oral test in English. This test aims to verify the following: - oral competence in English corresponding to level C1, as well as the acquisition of an appropriate linguistic register and the specific lexicon of literary studies; specific and in-depth knowledge of writers, texts and contexts of the periods and themes studied in the course; ability to interpret texts autonomously, re-elaborate the course contents individually, undertake further research on the topics addressed, and formulate judgments autonomously. The oral exam aims to evaluate the acquired knowledge, ability to re-elaborate and expand it, as well as to propose new and individual interpretative paths supplementing those suggested in the lectures.
Based on these premises, the evaluation will be carried out according to the following criteria: - insufficient evaluation: during the oral exam, the student does not demonstrate that s/he has acquired the level of knowledge required; does not know how to express him/herself in English as suitable for the topics under discussion and corresponding to a C1 level; s/he is unable to re-elaborate contents autonomously, nor can s/he formulate judgments based on personal insights; - sufficient assessment (18-23 / 30): the student demonstrates that he/she has learned the minimum contents of the course; knows how to express her/himself in English at a level suitable to the topics under discussion and approaching the threshold of C1; s/he demonstrates a level of autonomous preparation sufficient for the personal re-elaboration of the contents, as well as for the formulation of judgments based on personal in-depth analysis; - average assessment (24-27 / 30): the student demonstrates a level that is more than sufficient (24-25 / 30) or good (26-27 / 30) of all the indicators listed above; - outstanding evaluation (28-30 / 30): the student fully satisfies all the above evaluation criteria.

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