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Undergraduate course

Italian Literature

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeITAL122
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageItalian
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Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction into Italian literature and literary history from the beginning of the 19th century to the present.

The course will develop students┬┐ ability to read and interpret fictional texts through gaining practice in literary analysis on the basis of knowledge of the relevant periods and authors.

The course is built around the study of central works of newer Italian literature. While studying these texts, special emphasis will be put on literary and linguistic traits and the way in which the works are tied to Italian history and culture.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the course, the student is expected to:


  • have gained general knowledge of the texts on the syllabus and of their cultural context
  • have knowledge of the main trends in Italian literary history from the beginning of the 19th century to the present
  • be familiar with some key literary techniques and their usage in the various genres found in the different works


  • be able to explain the thematic and formal aspects of the syllabus texts both orally and in writing
  • be able to place and pinpoint the works on the syllabus according the broader trends and developments in Italian literature history
  • be able to use his/her knowledge of literary techniques and themes in writing independent analyses and discussions of curriculum texts

General competence

  • be equipped to execute a project over time
  • be capable of working independently on a research question related to the curriculum
  • can communicate in Italian at a level beyond the elementary

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Proficiency in Italian at least equivalent to that of students on the 100 level.

Students are advised to complete the following courses before taking ITAL122: ITAL 121, ITAL123 and ITAL125.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Due to certain academic overlaps, the credits awarded for taking ITAL122 are reduced by 10 ECTS if the course is combined with ITAL112 or ITAL102.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all students admitted to the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Instruction normally amounts to a two-hour lecture and a two-hour seminar session on a weekly basis for a period of 10 weeks.

If less than 5 students sign up for the course, the teaching may be adjusted to the number of students enrolled. Should this be the case, students will be informed about the alternative teachings plan at the beginning of the semester and before the registration deadline 1 Feb/1 Sep.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students must attend at least 80 % of the teaching sessions. Attendance will be checked.

During the semester students must give an oral presentation of approx. 10 minutes and hand in an exercise paper of approx. 500 words.

Mandatory assignments are valid for one additional semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment

The assessment in the course consists of a (approx.) 1800-word four-week take-home exam, running simultaneously with teaching in the last part of the semester. The exam paper is to be written in Italian.

Grading Scale

The grading scale is A-F, where F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Fall. Students with valid approvals on their mandatory assignments may also be assessed early in the spring semester.

Reading List

The reading list provides information about what text are on the curriculum at any given time. The reading list will be ready by 1 Jun for the fall semester, and 1 Dec for the spring semester.

Students are also obliged to seek out additional in-depth information of the writers featured on the syllabus, available in literary histories, encyclopedia, as well as annotated editions of and companions to the works in question.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation of the course is carried out in accordance with the University of Bergen quality assurance system.

Programme Committee

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

Course Coordinator

The Program Board for Italian

Course Administrator

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


Student councilor: studierettleiar.if@uib.no

Exam administration: eksamen.if@uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Term paper

    Submission deadline
    24.02.2022, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam