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European and Extra-European Languages and Cultures

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Degree Level: 
Master's Degree
Teaching Facility: 
Ragusa Didactic Unit
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Italian Classification: 
LM-37 Lingue e letterature moderne europee e americane
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Course Overview

The aim of the course is to provide advanced competencies in both European and Extra-European cultures, literatures, and languages. The students will have the chance of acquiring an advanced proficiency  in at least two languages, with both synchronic and diachronic approaches to their linguistic variations,  and with an in-depth study of their socio-linguistic as well as philological and glottodidactic aspects. The linguistic formation is further reinforced within a literary, historical -geographical, and philological learning framework.

Consultation with the local organizations representing education, production, services, and professions has given extraordinary positive results: there has been unanimous appreciation for the  master's degree profile and for its training objectives.

Educational Goals

The Master's degree course aims at providing students with advanced skills in both European and Extra- European languages and cultures.

From a linguistic point of view,  the students will acquire a mastery of at least two foreign languages ​​( training in the linguistic disciplines and the corresponding literatures is carried out in the specific languages), also thanks to the acquisition of the theoretical and applicative tools for the linguistic analysis and to an indispensable philological, linguistic, and glottolinguistic formation provided by the teachings related to the disciplinary sectors  L-FIL-LET / 09, L-FIL-LET / 12, L-FIL-LET / 15, L-LIN / 01, and L-LIN / 02 classes. Training also involves an in-depth knowledge of the history of the chosen languages, in a constant comparative framework where a variety of texts and genres is analyzed, so as to provide a specific understanding of the languages' structural values at both diachronic and synchronic levels. The linguistic teaching is supported by a historical and geographical curriculum,  while other philological disciplines sustain a disciplinary frame of reference;  furthermore, a comparative literature basic formation will create the indispensable background for an updated and culturally productive overview of...

Because of characterizing disciplines, the Master's degree course aims at offering a global reconstruction of the literary phenomena in all their multiple and complex aspects. Students will gain a thorough knowledge of historical-cultural coordinates, literary theories, and of the most up-to-date critical methodologies regarding the study of both  Italian and  foreign  literatures. Within this context they will also develop critical analysis skills, a high hermeneutic sensitivity,  and the capability to master a comparative approach between literary as well as other cultural forms. The formative offer in Oriental languages and disciplines will further widen the students' intellectual perspectives, and broaden an educational and professional horizon resting on a profound intercultural dialogue. Related training activities will allow the achievement of the same educational objectives also for the study of a second foreign literature.

A rich educational offer, articulated in lectures, disciplinary and interdisciplinary seminars, exercises, and multimedia laboratory activities,  will contribute to the achievement of the above mentioned educational objectives. The students will acquire  methods of study, learning, communication, and problem solving as more flexible and complex as possible.  Achievements will be assessed by written and oral tests, structured in relation to the objectives, the content, and the levels indicated for each individual discipline, and by a final test designed to achieve a congruous and targeted synthesis of the course, through the original development of a research topic, supported by a wide bibliographic survey and a congruous methodological perspective.

The linguistic and cultural competencies thus acquired will be adequate for teaching foreign languages and literature in high school, according to the current legislation, following the obtainment of the required qualification.

Job Opportunities

  • Dialogue writers and lyricists
  • Editors of Technical Texts
  • Advanced-level interpreters and translators
  • Linguists and philologists
  • Text Editors
  • Researchers and graduate technicians in antiquity, art, philological-literary, historical sciences