Academic year
2019/2020 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LMJ120 (AF:309882 AR:167835)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
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Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
This module is aimed at preparing students in the field of Language Sciences to improve their analytic skills by familiarising them with the major characteristics of some Germanic languages as well as with the dynamics of transmission of texts in medieval manuscript culture. The skills are listed below in detail. This module is taught in English.
Expected learning outcomes
Student Learning Objectives (SLO):
- to acquire knowledge and understanding in advanced topics of Germanic Philology by being exposed to both the current theoretical debate and its applications to a specific literary genre. This knowledge and understanding will be founded upon and will extend that typically associated with the first cycle; it will also provide a basis for originality in developing and/or applying ideas, often within a research context (see below, under "Contents");
- to apply their knowledge and understanding, as well as problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments within broader contexts related to Germanic Philology with particular reference to textual criticism and advanced reading skills;
- to have the ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgments with incomplete or limited information about their object of study (this is a typical situation in the philological field). The ability to formulate judgements will include reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge (e.g. the educational and social impact of editions);
- to be able to communicate their conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously, using the appropriate language register;
- to acquire advanced learning skills that should allow them to continue to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed or autonomous (e.g. through individual independent reading on philological issues, as well as advanced practice exercises on theories, models and forms).
No specific prerequisites are required. The basic notions necessary to tackle the main topics listed in the content section (see below) will be provided by the teacher at the beginning of the course. However, students are reminded that this is an advanced MA course, so the teaching will be organized in regular lectures combined with team as well as independent work.
A) Advanced topics of Middle English romance, also from a comparative perspective (Middle English vs other Germanic and Romance traditions).
B) Discussion of specific case-studies, namely "The Tale of Gamelyn", "King Horn" and "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight".
Referral texts
PART A)Wittig, Susan. 2014. Stylistic and Narrative Structures in the Middle English Romances. Austin, University of Texas Press.
PART B)http://d.lib.rochester.edu/teams/text/tale-of-gamelyn ; http://d.lib.rochester.edu/teams/text/salisbury-king-horn ; http://d.lib.rochester.edu/teams/text/hahn-sir-gawain-greene-knight-introduction .

Individual readings:
- The “Tale of Gamelyn” of the “Canterbury Tales”: An annotated edition. By Nila Vázquez. Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009.
- The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance. Edited by Roberta L. Krueger. Cambridge: CUP, 2000.
Assessment methods
The written exam consists in either four (4) or five (5) open questions, and lasts 90 minutes. Open questions allow to test critical thought, as well as the capacity of mastering the subject.
More specifically:
- Knowledge and understanding: checked through content questions;
- Applying knowledge and understanding: checked through practical exercises, such as translations and linguistic manipulations;
- Making judgements: checked through methodological questions;
- Communication skills: checked through open questions (whether students ommunicate their conclusions clearly and unambiguously, as well as the knowledge and rationale underpinning these);
- Learning skills: evaluation of the students' autonomy of judgement.

ATTENTION! Online exams during COVID-19. During the Coronavirus emergency, exams will take place online with no substantial change in their modality. They will be "closed book", paper exams consisting of four open questions and lasting 90 minutes.
Teaching methods
Lectures and teacher-led discussions.
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