ITAL4102 National and Local in Italian Language and Culture

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Italian Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Content
This unit studies the dynamics of the tension between the two poles of 'national' and 'local' in Italian language and culture. The starting point of the study is the sixteenth-century definition of the 'Italian language' and the invention of the notion of 'dialect', with the parallel evolution of a 'national' literary and cultural tradition versus 'local' or 'regional' subcultures. The tension between these two poles is examined at selected moments of linguistic and cultural redefinition, between the sixteenth and twenty-first centuries, but with particular attention to the ways that political unification has reshaped the debates. Classes are introduced to a variety of approaches to this topic. Students research different ways in which the tension was represented in language and in different forms of cultural expression. As all classes are conducted in the Italian language, students acquire advanced written and oral skills in Italian and develop the ability to articulate and discuss theoretical ideas and interpretations in Italian.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) analyse the 'national/local' opposition in relation to Italian language and culture; (2) formulate analyses of that opposition in general terms that can be applied to other linguistic and cultural realities; (3) describe linguistic and cultural texts from different historical moments with reference to the national/local tension; (4) conduct research into the linguistic and cultural history of Italy and into theoretical understandings of that history; (5) present complex ideas and interpretations in correct and coherent written Italian, to a level comparable to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR); and (6) articulate and discuss theoretical ideas and interpretations in oral Italian, to a level comparable to C1 of the CEFR.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) participation in class discussions and debates; (2) an annotated bibliography; (3) an oral presentation; and (4) a research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor John Kinder
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