Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2018/2019
Belonging course: 
Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on TOURISM FIRMS MANAGEMENT
Disciplinary sector: 
ENGLISH LITERATURE (L-LIN/10)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
6
Year of study: 
3
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
Second semester
Hours of front activity: 
48

Language

ENGLISH

Course description

The course aims to enhance students’ knowledge of the cultural, artistic and touristic 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.

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge and understanding:
Students are expected to demonstrate the knowledge of the main distinguishing features of contemporary British culture, with particular reference to its multi-ethnic 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.

Prerequisites

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

Syllabus

Module 1 – Culture, Territory and Identity: the United Kingdom (34h)

- Identity (14h)
- Attitudes (6h)
- The Media (4h)
- Cultural Heritage (6h)
- The Arts (4h)

Module 2 – Multiculturalism, Tourism and Literary Studies: Contemporary British Fiction (14h)

Module 2 focuses on contemporary British fiction and the literary representation of the themes of identity, self-representation, and English multi-cultural society and its tourism promotion. Excerpts of novels and films dealing with these will be analyzed and discussed.
Particular attention is paid to the following topics:

- Introduction to Contemporary British Fiction (2h)
- Brick Lane (6h)
- England, England (6h)

Module 1 – Culture, Territory and Identity: the United Kingdom (34h)

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 (14h)
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 (http://192.167.9.20/moodle/course/view.php?id=410).

Textbooks

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 final grade is a mark out of 30 (the pass grade is 18/30). The evaluation criteria and final marks are established on the basis of the following mark breakdown:

- A mark of less than 18 out of 30 – the level is considered insufficient and the candidate has not fulfilled any of the results listed in the “knowledge and understanding” section.
- A mark ranging from 18-20 out of 30 – in this case the candidate’s performance is considered sufficient and s/he fulfils the results listed in the “knowledge and understanding” section.
- A mark ranging from 21-23 out of 30 – in this case the candidate’s performance is considered to be fully sufficient as s/he fulfils the results listed in both the “knowledge and understanding” section and the “applying knowledge and understanding” section.
- A mark ranging from 24-26 out of 30 – in this case the candidate has reached a good level and has fulfilled the results listed in the “knowledge and understanding” section; the “applying knowledge and understanding” section; and the “expressing judgment” section too.
- A mark ranging from 27-29 out of 30 – in this case the candidate has reached a very good level and has fulfilled the results listed in the “knowledge and understanding” section; the “applying knowledge and understanding” section; the “expressing judgment” section; and the “communication skills” section too.
- A mark ranging from 30-30 cum laude – in this case the candidate has reached an excellent level and has fulfilled all the results listed in the “knowledge and understanding” section; the “applying knowledge and understanding” section; the “expressing judgment” section; the “communication skills” section; and the “learning skills” section too.

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