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ATS3244

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitItalian Studies
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Raffaele Lampugnani

Synopsis

The aim of the subject is to introduce students to the works of Dante Alighieri, the most important poet of the Middle Ages, through a reading of the 'Divina Commedia'.

Outcomes

On completion of this subject students should have acquired an understanding of:

  1. The history and culture of Italian medieval society.
  2. The novelty of the Italian language at the time Dante wrote.
  3. Basic notions of Italian metrics, including canzone, sonnet; the basics of Italian rhyme, terza rima.
  4. Uses of simile, metaphor, imagery, allegory, myth, in Dante's work.
  5. What love meant to poets at the time.
  6. Dante's vision of monsters, retaliation/punishment, Hell, the Heavens.
  7. Dante's vision of Italy and Europe, Church and Empire.

They should be able to demonstrate the ability to analyse critically selected Cantos from the 'Divine Comedy'.

In addition, students taking the subject at fourth-year level should be familiar with different theoretical perspectives on the ideas and processes treated in the subject.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

Completion of second year-level Italian language or equivalent knowledge