When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Matteo Favaretto
  • Course Code W23HMSJ01E
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This term the class will look at a selection of writers who shaped the origins of the language- Dante Alighieri and Niccolo’ Machiavelli will be the two most important. We will examine both historical/political aspects and the linguistic influence these writers had on modern Italian.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Have a greater understanding of the origins of Italian literature
  • Understand its specific significance in the development of Italian culture
  • Explore and discuss issues arising from the texts in terms of the linguistic evolution of the Italian language, its changing styles and trends, and its political and historical implications


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Participating in discussions , Reading text in Italian , Asking and answering questions , Debating issues arising from the literature , Contributing with your own knowledge relevant to the topic. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e. progression to an advanced-level course. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress your individual learning aims will be established during the course. It is important that you are committed to regular attendance. You will have regular and constructive feedback from your tutor.

    Entry requirements

    No formal qualifications are necessary; a working knowledge of the Italian language is required as the course is conducted entirely in Italian.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Students will have the opportunity to conduct independent research and present their findings to the rest of the group.

    What you need

    Handouts of reading material supplied by the tutor.

    What you can do next

    The course is ongoing and every year it will look at a different period of Italian literature. You could progress to university courses on Italian language, history or philosophy.