6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Not offered in 2017
The aim of the subject is to introduce students to the works of Dante Alighieri, the most important poet of the Middle Ages, through a reading of the 'Divina Commedia'.
On completion of this subject students should have acquired an understanding of:
- The history and culture of Italian medieval society.
- The novelty of the Italian language at the time Dante wrote.
- Basic notions of Italian metrics, including canzone, sonnet; the basics of Italian rhyme, terza rima.
- Uses of simile, metaphor, imagery, allegory, myth, in Dante's work.
- What love meant to poets at the time.
- Dante's vision of monsters, retaliation/punishment, Hell, the Heavens.
- Dante's vision of Italy and Europe, Church and Empire.
They should be able to demonstrate the ability to analyse critically selected Cantos from the 'Divine Comedy'.
In addition, students taking the subject at fourth-year level should be familiar with different theoretical perspectives on the ideas and processes treated in the subject.
Within semester assessment: 100%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
Completion of second year-level Italian language or equivalent knowledge