Learning outcomes of the course unit
By writing and defending a dissertation in the final exam, students will prove that:
. they have acquired deep knowledge of the language, literature and culture discussed in the final exam;
. they can interpret complex texts and cultural phenomena related to the language, literature and culture discussed in the final exam;
. they are able to analyse and solve problems, and to express critical judgement;
. they can extend the knowledge they have acquired throughout the programme to various contexts;
. they can organize, develop and conclude a project autonomously by means of the bibliographical and documentary sources used to write the dissertation;
. they can communicate effectively and competently both in Italian and in foreign languages;
. they can autonomously acquire new knowledge and develop new abilities;
. they can discuss and comment on the subject of their dissertation.
In order to take the final exam, students are requested to pass all the exams in the programme. Requirements, hence, include knowledge, skills and abilities from all academic subjects taught in the programme.
Course contents summary
In the final exam, which is worth six credits (CFU), students are expected to write a coherent and strongly supported dissertation on one of the academic subjects included in the study programme. The dissertation must be 30/40 pages long (approximately 2,000 characters per page).
It is discussed with the supervisor. It mainly includes articles published in national and international journals, monographs and primary sources.
Writing a dissertation under a supervisor (relatore)’s guidance involves: dealing with a topic of research and analysis; putting together an extensive bibliography by means of an in-depth research at the library and in the archives (both traditional and electronic – see Bibliopatente); articulating and carring out a research project.
Assessment methods and criteria
In the final exam, students are expected to defend their dissertation before a selective Commitee of professors (as established by the University Didactic Regulations/Regolamento Didattico d'Ateneo). At the viva/discussione, students will be asked to aswer questions both in Italian and in a foreign language, so as to assess their linguistic competence (level C1, as in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), as well as their communication skills. The Commitee evaluating the students’ final exam will take into account their overall academic curriculum, the quality of the dissertation and the viva/discussione. The Commitee can can add up to five points to the GPA. In the case of an outstanding dissertation, an extra point may be added.
For further information on the final exam (dates, deadlines, etc.), please go to the Modern Foreign Languages and Civilisations homepage (GRADUATING).