Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT2030 (AF:381637 AR:208380)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Class 1
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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The course, as part of the courses specifically related to the Languages taught in the LCSL degree course, enlarges the knowledge of the linguistic, literary and cultural heritage of Great Britain by focussing on the main characteristics of its history and its social and political culture, while – at the same time - further widening, through the reading of texts in the original language, the students’ lexical mastery of the English language.
The course investigates the characteristic features and peculiarities of British history and British social and political culture, as they have developed historically over the centuries in the wider context of European history. Students will develop their critical capacity of analysis of those phenomenons, and the consciousness of the implied social, scientific, and ethical issues. Through the analysis of the texts on the syllabus, the students’ capacity of critical understanding and judgement - in a language both specific and proper - will be enhanced, also in a larger comparative perspective involving their knowledge and experience of Italian national culture.
Advanced skills in reading texts in the English language.
Title: British Society and Culture in the Romantic Age.

The course explores the shifts that underwent from the end of the 18th century to the 1840s as a consequence of the second Industrial Revolution. During this time, the United Kingdom, as well as the rest of Europe and the United States soon after, underwent drastic socio-economic and cultural changes due to rapid urbanization and the rise of the working and middle classes. Industrialization led to prodigious technological developments, but also caused severe reductions in living standards for workers both in the United Kingdom and throughout the industrialized Western world. The Romantic Movement developed in the United Kingdom in some measure as a response to the Industrial Revolution. In the early 19th century many English writers and artists considered industrialism inhumane and unnatural and revolted against what they felt as the "mechanization of modern life".
Throughout the course we shall read poems and essays by Romantic authors that dealt with issues that are at the centre of today’s ecological crisis, concerning the relationship between nature and progress, the individual and the community, the role of art in society, the journey in the life of the individual.
William Blake "Songs of Innocence and Experience"
- W. Wordsworth, "The Prelude"
- W. Wordsworth and S.T. Coleridge, "Lyrical Ballads"
- P. B. Shelley, "Poems"
- Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein", "Rambles in Germany and Italy"
- Lord Byron, "Manfred"

A list of critical readings will be given at the beginning of the course, books and critical essays will be available at the University library or uploaded on the Moodle platform.

* Erasmus students may refer to the lecturer if they need a different syllabus, or a syllabus in a different language

The written exam will be in English on the following topics:
1. the Victorian Context
2. comment on a passage taken from one of the novels in the syllabus.
3. translation of a passage from one of the novels in the syllabus.
Lectures, seminars and students' presentations
Students who can’t attend lessons should refer to the lecturer for additional set texts and secondary works.

further reading will be available on the moodle platform at the beginning of the module.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 20/07/2022