In order to prepare students for future professions, the course develops in-depth knowledge of two European foreign languages and their relative civilisations’ cultural heritage, without excluding a theoretical basis of linguistics and Italian language. Students also have the opportunity to learn a third language, at least of acquiring fair writing and speaking skills.
The areas of study include basic compulsory subjects, compulsory subjects characteristics of the class and supplementary compulsory subjects. The three-year course is structured as follows:
- In the first year of course, students just choose the first and second language of study.
- In the second year of course, students choose a third language and the philology (among Germanic, Romance and Slavic Philology) connected, but not compulsorily, to the selected language and literature for the final exam.
- In the third year of course students are encouraged to take an internship or a study programme abroad. In both the second and third year, students can choose a number of credits in optional subjects from any field of study offered by the University in order to personalise their curriculum, in compliance with the academic regulations.
In terms of career destinations, the programme in Modern Foreign Languages and Civilisations aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of two European foreign languages, as well as of the cultural heritage of their related civilisations. Students will also acquire working knowledge of a third language in its written and spoken forms.
The areas of learning include foundation, characterising, and related contextual subjects. The course is of three years’ duration.
- In the first year, students are expected to choose their first and second languages.
- In the second year, they will choose a third annual language, as well as a philology (either Germanic, Romance, or Slavic), which should be related to the language and literature chosen for the final dissertation.
- Over the course of the third year, students are usually invited to carry out internship programmes and study experiences abroad. In the second year, the programme gives the opportunity to take credits in optional subjects from anywhere within the University’s teaching portfolio. Finally, as permitted by legislation, students may submit an individualised study programme.
The course aims to produce graduates able to understand the socio-cultural relevance of the historical, geographical and cultural contexts connected with the languages they have studied, together with an intercultural perspective. Graduates are also expected to demonstrate independence of judgment and individual initiative in organising and planning their activities.
The acquisition of these skills is ensured by specific training activities aimed at raising awareness of socio-linguistic and cultural changes, as well as the role of languages in modern societies.
Internship activities provide students with first-hand experience of specific, practical contexts that will help them acquire independent judgment.
The acquisition of independent judgement is assessed through an evaluation of the student’s individual study programme, as well as through their degree of autonomy and ability to perform, including groupwork, during the internship.
The acquired independent judgement is ultimately assessed during the writing and defence of the final dissertation, for which students are required to collect, evaluate, interpret and discuss data related to their field of studies. In the case of language and literary studies, students are expected to bring a particular focus to bear upon cultural, social and ethical issues.
Graduates in Modern Foreign Languages and Civilisations:
- acquire the ability to self-assess their own level of knowledge;
- acquire the methodological tools and analytical skills necessary to develop further their competence in this field of knowledge;
- acquire the necessary foundational knowledge to progress to Laurea Magistrale degree level (Master’s Degree Programme).
In addition to the subjects listed in the study programme, a particular educational value is placed on all self-access activities in the Multimedia Laboratory. Learning skills are also developed in seminar activities (if part of the course), where students are invited to self-assess their knowledge in order to create individual pathways to reinforce and expand it.
Learning skills are assessed according to the methods specified previously.
The programme aims to produce graduates with good written and oral communication skills both in their native tongue and in the foreign languages studied, able to relate to varied and multicultural contexts by choosing specific communicative registers. Moreover, they are able to convey content, information and ideas related to their field of study using appropriate forms of communication adapted to their interlocutors.
The acquisition of the aforementioned skills takes place in the context of the subjects composing the programme’s three areas of learning and, more specifically, that of foreign languages and literatures. Equally useful for the development of communication skills are such activities as internships and study experiences abroad, which bring students in direct contact with multilingual and multicultural environments. Finally, the writing and defence of a dissertation constitute additional opportunities to develop and apply communication skills. Their assessment is through exams – including the final exam – based on textual comprehension, report writing and oral presentations.