Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to give a basic knowledge, from a linguistic and historical point of view, of Romance philology: this background is necessary for French, Spanish and Portuguese language and literature students.
1) Knowledge and understanding: by the end of the course the students will know fundamental knowledge of romance linguistic and romance literatures and will be able to read and translate simple texts.
2) Applying Knowledge and understanding and judgments making: by the end of the course students will be able to comment upon texts read in the course and to make simple links between romance languages and literatures.
3) communication skills: by the end of the course students will be able to express and share informations, problems and solutions in a clear manner.
4) Learning skills: by the end of the course students will be able to get information in basic scientific literature.
Basic skills in literature and linguistics.
Course contents summary
The course will describe the dynamics which lead to the formation of romance languages, underlining both their common features and the elements that are peculiar to each language. The course will also contextualize the main medieval literary genres (poetry, epic, romance, tale) and will focus on reading, translation and linguistic commentary of some ancient texts, especially in French and Spanish.
Pietro G. Beltrami, La filologia romanza, Il Mulino.
More study material will be provided during lessons.
Non attending students are requested to contact the teacher.
Front lessons: reading, translation and commentary of selected texts.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam consists of an oral examination; questions are of 3 kinds:
- test of reading, translation and linguistic analysis of a text chosen from
- test on linguistical competence;
- test on the literary and historical context.
The 3 sets of questions will equally concur to the final note (in 30 scale); it is necessary to have a satisfactory note (18/30) in each set.
The student is immediately told of his note.
A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the minimum, fundamental contents of the course; middle-range scores (24-27/30) corresponds to good level of knowledge and to che ability in making simple links and
apply it to problem solving;
higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) correspond to developed abilities and competence in making links among different languages and literatures.