Undergraduate course

Italian Literature

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeITAL112
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageItalian and Norwegian
  • Resources

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course aims to provide an introduction into Italian literature and literary history from the nineteenth century to contemporary times. The goal is to develop the students┬┐ skills at reading and interpreting fictional texts through literary analysis and contextual knowledge about the literary periods and authors. In studying the texts, the focus will be on their literary and formal qualities and will explore how the texts are connected to Italian history and culture.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student should:

- have gained knowledge about the syllabus texts and have insight into their cultural context

- have gained knowledge about the main developments in Italian literary history from the nineteenth century to contemporary times

- have an understanding of central literary techniques and their uses in different genres


The student should:

- be able to account for thematic and formal aspects of the texts on the reading list in Italian

- be able to place the syllabus texts in relation to the main tenets of Italian literary history

- be able to use the insight into literary techniques and themes to engage in independent analyses and discussions of the syllabus texts.

General competence

The student:

- can extend the knowledge, skills and understanding of Italian literature through further studies.

Required Previous Knowledge

No formal requirement, see Recommended Previous Knowledge.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

To complete the course, a command of Italian equal to level 2 in the Norwegian upper secondary school is required, or equal to the level of ITAL001 or ITAL100.

Students should take the courses ITAL111 and ITAL113 in the spring before taking ITAL112 and ITAL114 in the autumn.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all with admission to the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, classes devoted to working on assignments and tutorials in connection with the term paper.

About 6 hours of teaching each week for 12 weeks.

In the case that less than five students register for a course, the organized teaching may be adapted to fit the number of students. If this occurs, students will be informed at the start of the semester, and before the registration deadline 1. February/1. September.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

In the course of the semester each student must produce three practice papers of up to 500 words each. The topic for the term paper will build on one of the practice papers. The term paper is supervised, and each student must attend a mandatory tutorial with the course instructor before being allowed to submit the paper.

Each student must complete an oral presentation of around 10 minutes, connected to the syllabus. The presentation is evaluated as a pass/fail.

The presentation must be passed and the tutorial must be completed in the same semester in order to qualify to sit the exam of the course.

Compulsory assignments are only valid in the instruction semester.

Forms of Assessment

ITAL112 has a two-part exam:

  1. A term paper of about 2000 words, written in the course of four weeks. The paper must be written in Italian with an obligatory tutorial with the course instructor at the end of the semester (40%).
  2. Oral exam in Italian (60 %).

Both parts of the exam must be passed in the same semester.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

The exam is marked in the grade scale A-F, where F is a fail.

Assessment Semester


Course Evaluation

The teaching is evaluated in accordance with the quality control system of the University of Bergen.

Programme Committee

The Program Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.

Course Administrator

The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.