Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on TOURIST FIRM MANAGEMENT
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Second semester
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Course description

The course aims to enhance students’ knowledge of the cultural, economic and socio-political context of the United Kingdom through the analysis of literary and non-literary texts which deal with the complex notion of national identity.
Besides conveying specific notions, the module is also designed to develop students’ interest in the study of distant cultures present in British multicultural society, together with the artistic languages and media through which these cultural aspects are disseminated.


Knowledge and understanding:
Students are expected to demonstrate the knowledge of the main distinguishing features of contemporary British culture, with particular reference to its multiethnic nature and hybrid identity, as well as the perception of how these aspects affect the British artistic and literary production and the tourism sector.

Applying knowledge and understanding:
Students are expected to be able to report on the distinguishing features of British culture and to interpret some literary texts also by identifying the connection between reality and fiction. They are also expected to apply their knowledge of British history and culture to the tourism and cultural sectors, as well as to understand the influence of certain aspects of British culture on the Italian one.

Making judgments:
Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to approach and judge a foreign culture with an open attitude, critical and deconstructive towards stereotypes and preconceptions. They are also expected to be able to predict and plan opportunities of tourism development by exploiting and promoting cultural aspects.

Communication skills:
Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate in English in a clear and appropriate way.

Learning skills:
Students are expected to demonstrate a good capacity of learning independently as well as and of studying in depth and using appropriately the acquired cultural knowledge and communicative functions, also by practicing with the supplementary materials uploaded on the e-learning platform.


In order to follow the lectures and study the course materials students are expected to have a good command of English (at least B2).


Module 1 – Culture, Territory, and Identity: the United Kingdom (32h)
- Identity (6h)
- Attitudes (6h)
- The Media (6h)
- Cultural Heritage and the Arts (6h)

Module 2 – Multiculturalism, Tourism and Literary Studies: Contemporary British Fiction (16h)
- Introduction to Contemporary British Fiction (2h)
- Excerpts from selected novels (14h)

Module 1 – Culture, Territory and Identity: the United Kingdom (32h)

Module 1 intends to study in depth several aspects of British culture and civilization, especially its society and tourism industry, with a particular focus on its literary manifestations. Particular attention will be paid to the construction and notion of "British" identity. Excerpts of essays, short stories, newspaper articles, tourism promotional texts, and other materials provided during the course will be read and discussed, as well as used for listening activities and team tasks.

Module 2 – Multiculturalism, Tourism and Literary Studies: Contemporary British Fiction (16h)
Module 2 focuses on contemporary British fiction and the literary representation of the themes of identity, self-representation and English multi-cultural society. Excerpts of novels and films dealing with these will be analyzed and discussed.

Teaching Methods

Besides class activities (including lectures, listening exercises, reading comprehensions, as well as the screening and discussion of film clips), students can practice and consolidate their knowledge on the dedicated section on the Moodle e-learning platform (


Module 1
Excerpts taken from the following texts:
James O’Driscoll, Britain for Learners of English, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2009;
Mike Storry, Peter Childs, British Cultural Identities, Fourth Edition, Routledge, 2013.

Module 2
Excerpts taken from:
Nick Bentley, Contemporary British Fiction, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2008.

All materials can be downloaded on the dedicated section on the Moodle e-learning platform.
Additional materials for students attending the course will be provided in class.

Learning assessment

Oral examination in English, aimed to verify the level of acquisition and personal reinterpretation of the cultural and literary topics presented during the course. Pronunciation and linguistic accuracy are further assessment criteria. The pass grade is 18/30.

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