Italian Culture and Society I

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Italian Culture and Society I

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, Film Studies, Italian, Linguistics, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Students must complete both modules.

    1. Introduction to Linguistics

    Course description: What do we mean when we say that we ?know? a language?
    These introductory classes on the field of linguistics examine the idea of native
    speaker competence, exploring key areas such as phonetics, phonology,
    morphology and mear language.

    Teaching and learning methods: Lecture-based course.

    Methods of assessment and examination: The course is assessed by two in-class

    Language of instruction: English

    Core text: Keith Allan et al, The English Language & Linguistics Companion
    (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

    2. Cinema and Literature

    Course Description:
    The relationship between cinema and prose in the Italian context is long and illustrious,giving rise to exceptional adaptations but also a debate that has divided artists and intellectuals over many years. Do cinema and fiction speak the same language? Do they employ comparable techniques? Who copies whom? This unit investigates these and other questions by zeroing in on the adaptation of selected Italian novels into film.

    Method of assessment & examination: 2 hour written examination (80%) plus 1 class presentation (20%).

    Languages of instruction: English.

    Core texts: Alberto Moravia, Il conformista, Milano: Bompiani, 1995.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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