GERMANIC PHILOLOGY

Academic year 2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title FILOLOGIA GERMANICA
Course code LT0080 (AF:248330 AR:135888)
Modality On campus classes
ECTS credits 6
Subdivision Surnames P-Z
Degree level Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code L-FIL-LET/15
Period 1st Semester
Course year 2
Where VENEZIA
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Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The module gives the students the opportunity to acquire knowledge about the origin of the languages and cultures that they have chosen as a major, especially from a historical viewpoint. Therefore, the module contributes in a large part to the devolepment of all the aforementioned skills (e.g. language contact/interference; multilingualism; interlinguistic variation and universal language properties; analysis of texts belonging to early stages of the chosen languages), and specifically covers knowledge and understanding of the principles of language change and language variation.
Expected learning outcomes
Student Learning Objectives (SLO):

1. Knowledge and understanding.
1a. Students will know and understand, in a comparative perspective, the major features of linguistic change applied to the Germanic linguistic family, primarily with the aim of better understanding the modern languages;
1b. Students will know and understand the major literary and cultural manifestations of the Germanic medieval traditions, through the texts that have come down to us;
1c. Students will know and understand the mechanisms of textual production in the Middle Ages, as well as their dissemination through time and space.

2. Applying knowledge and understanding.
2a. Students will be able to recognize the major triggers of linguistic change, manipulate linguistic forms, derive forms from protolanguages, and account for their development.
2b. Students will be able to apply the research methods acquired in the course to selected texts of the Germanic traditions.
2c. Students will be able to master the appropriate philological terminology in the fields of both Germanic linguistics and cultural/literary studies.

3. Making judgements.
Students will become familiar with the most up-to-date critical debate on philological topics, and will be able to evaluate different hypotheses posed by the scholars, as well as to pose alternative hypotheses.

4. Communication skills.
Students will be able to communicate their conclusions - and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these - clearly and unambiguously. They will also be able to use the correct register.

5. Learning skills.
By studying the recommended books under the guidance of the teacher, students will develop those learning skills that are necessary for them to continue to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.
Pre-requirements
No specific prerequisites are required. Absolute beginners can attend the module.
Contents
The module is an introduction to Germanic Philology. Thus, particular attention will be paid to the methodological approaches which characterize this field of research.
Topics: presentation of the course and exam modalities. A brief overview of comparative-historical linguistics, as well as of diachronic linguistics (from Indoeuropean to Germanic; from Germanic to the historically attested Germanic languages). Major linguistic phenomena characterizing the medieval Germanic languages. The ethnogenesis of the Germanic peoples: historical, archaeological, linguistic sources. Germanic religion. Law and society. Germanic art and craftmanship. Runes. Christianization and the birth of manuscript tradition. Germanic peoples in Italy. Medieval literary sources (love-poems from different traditions), and an outline of some rewritings.
Referral texts
Attenders:
- notes;
- handouts (available on Moodle);
- maps and extracts from the texts presented in class (available on Moodle).

Reference book (not compulsory for attenders):
N. Francovich Onesti, Filologia germanica. Lingue e culture dei germani antichi, Roma: Carocci 2002.

Non-attenders:
- handouts, maps and extracts (available on Moodle);
- a handbook which provides a brief overview of the subject: N. Francovich Onesti, Filologia germanica. Lingue e culture dei germani antichi, Roma: Carocci 2002.
Assessment methods
The written exam consists of a multiple-choice test and an open question.
- The exam lasts 50 min. (+/-10).
- PART ONE, fifteen (15) multiple-choice questions (three possible answers, only one of which is correct). Number of mistakes allowed to access Part two: six (6).
- PART TWO, one (1) open question (to be chosen between three possible topics).
- Multiple-choice questions allow to test the acquisition of basic knowledge, as well as logical skills (http://www.studygs.net/tsttak3.htm ); open questions allow to test scientific writing and critical thought.
More specifically:
- Knowledge and understanding: checked through the multiple-choice questions;
- Applying knowledge and understanding: checked through specific multiple-choice questions (e.g. manipulation of linguistic forms, derivations, etc.);
- Making judgements: checked through the open question;
- Communication skills: checked through the open question;
- Learning skills: checked through the autonomy of judgement inferable from the open question.
Teaching methods
Lectures, teacher-led discussions.
Teaching language
Italian
Further information
Due to logistic reasons, division into groups must be respected (Buzzoni: P-Z).
Type of exam
written
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Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme
19/12/2018