TYPE OF COURSE: COMPULSORY SUBJECTS, CHARACTERISTIC OF THE CLASS
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: English
ACADEMIC YEAR: 2017/2018
YEAR OF STUDY: 1
SEMESTER: First semester
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 5
CONTACT HOURS: 30
INDIVIDUAL WORK HOURS: 95
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The students should reach an upper-intermediate (B2) level.
The course intends to provide the students with the necessary tools for the comprehension and the analysis of journalistic writing in English, with a focus on international politics, and a careful study of the themes and languages used by journalism, and by American political journalism in particular, and the production of texts in English through which they can prove their ability of producing a critical synthesis of the topics discussed in class.
Course contents summary
The course intends to provide the students with the necessary tools for the comprehension and the analysis of journalistic writing in English.
Books: Ian Hargreaves, Journalism: a Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005.
Martin Conboy, The Language of Newspapers: Socio-Historical Perspectives, Continuum, London-New York, 2010.
Orson Welles, Citizen Kane, 1941.
Michael Mann, The Insider, 1999.
Mick Jackson, Live From Baghdad, 2002.
Bill Ray, Shattered Glass, 2003.
Michael Moore, Fahrenheit 9/11, 2004.
Each week, we will discuss in class newspaper articles and essays, and we will also watch documentaries and movies on journalism.
Assessment methods and criteria
In the final exam the students will need to prove a B2 level, through a reading comprehension of a newspaper article and the discussion of an article, of an essay and of a movie, chosen by the student from the reading list.