BACHELOR Language, Literature and Foreign Cultures SPECIALTY Italian

This course is organized around five main subject areas: academic methodology, Italian languages and linguistics, history and civilization; literature, second foreign language. It also initiates students in various artistic disciplines of Italian culture (theatre, cinema, etc.) Students develop their knowledge diachronically by studying the major formative periods of Italian culture, from the Middle Ages to modern and contemporary times.

This course is open to students who have studied Italian and also to those who wish to begin studying the language.
 
  • Aims
This Language, Literature and Foreign Cultures (LLCE) degree, with Italian specialization considers a variety of forms of the written word: poetic, theatrical, narrative, whether it may be for reference purposes (journalism, history, autobiography) or fiction (novel, short stories). It initiates students in artistic disciplines that play a role in Italian culture: music, performing arts, fine art.

The programme maintains constant links between the study of culture and the study of the language using a diachronic principle. Students develop their knowledge diachronically by studying the major formative periods of Italian culture, from ancient periods (Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque) to modern and contemporary times (the Age of Enlightenment, the Risorgimento, the 20th century). Italian culture is put into perspective in a European context, of which it is the result and which it greatly contributed in forging.

The programme provides students with the opportunity to acquire expertise in understanding and in expressing written and oral Italian, to become with the conceptual tools of contemporary critique that are required for analysing Italian texts, to learn about the major phases of Italy’s political and cultural history and to apply them to in-depth knowledge on the European zone.

At the end of semester 6, students may choose to pursue their studies through a research or professionalizing Master or through other diplomas that lead to teaching positions in primary and secondary schools.

The Italian department of the university of Tours is the only one that exists in the Centre region of France. It benefits from a solid anchoring in a prestigious cultural and historic tradition inherited from the Renaissance period which underpins the ever-increasing economic, touristic and institutional exchanges with Italy. Both the Italian department and the curriculum it offers are one of a kind within the Further Education and Research Centre (PRES - Pôle de recherche et d'enseignement supérieur) and provide students with high-level skills, whilst complementing the Centre Val de Loire university cluster’s training offer.

The Italian department is a partner in an exchange network that includes the universities of Turin, Bologna, Rome, Verona, Catania, Palermo, Parma, Pavia-Cremona, Milan - Feltre (IULM), Potenza and Florence, which offer students of the specialization a wide range of possibilities from Italian academic subjects, where they can perfect their programme and which offer foreign Italian-language students a high-level asset to their studies. These interuniversity exchanges are now developing in other European sectors, in particular with the universities of Bochum, Perugia, Geneva and Zurich. Actions implemented by the professors from the Italian department with research teams for Cultural and Discursive Interactions (university of Tours) and the Centre for Higher Studies on the Renaissance, Tours (CESR) (CNRS Joint Research Unit (UMR) 6576) enable students to benefit from specific contributions given by foreign teacher-researchers.
 
  • Contents or list of themes and subjects taught
Each year of the course is organized around five main subject areas: academic methodology, Italian languages and linguistics, history and civilization; literature, second foreign language.

Methodology
- Communication tools
- General methodology
- Professional project
- Ancient text analysis

Italian language and linguistics
- Communicating orally in Italian
- History of the language
- Language and society
- Improving Italian language level
- Language structures Reinforcement: Italian grammar, vocabulary and syntax
- Italian linguistic structures: Italian grammar, vocabulary and syntax
- Translation (French to Italian and Italian to French)
- Literary translation

History and civilization
- Italian cinema
- Civilization of the Middle Ages
- Modern civilization
- Culture and civilization
- Culture and institution
- Culture and modern and contemporary institutions:
- 19th century culture and literature
- 20th century culture and literature
- History of the culture
- Early-modern history: a panorama of Italian medieval history
- History of Italy: history of politico-administrative institutions in modern Italy
- Modern and contemporary history of Italy
- History of modern culture: places, institutions and networks that produce culture
- History of ideas: major trends in Italian thinking
- History of the cinema

Literature
- History of literature: study of the major historic-literary categories (Humanism, Mannerism, the Age of Enlightenment and Futurism)
- Reading ancient texts (Middle Ages – Renaissance)
- Reading modern texts
- Reading 19th century texts
- Reading 20th century texts
- Ancient literature: critical approaches
- Early-modern literature
- Renaissance literature
- 17th century literature
- 19th century literature: study of works
- 20th century literature: study of works
- Modern and contemporary literature and civilization
- Literature and society
- Modern literature: critical approaches
- Modern and contemporary literature
- Theatre, poetry, narration: study of performance-related literary genres

Second foreign language

- Free choice (Spanish, English, German, etc.)