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"Luther and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation"
“Lutero e i 500 anni della Riforma protestante”

A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Luca Renzi On appointment
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language German
This course is taught partially in Italian and partially in a foreign language. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Foreign languages and intercultural studies (LM-37)
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The course is aimed at acquiring, through an overview on the history and culture of Germany of 16th and 17th century, the fundamental knowledge of German culture. It will focus on the fundamental event of the Protestant Reformation in 1517 by Martin Luther, of which in 2017 marks the fifth centenary and which impregnates the subsequent history of Germany, from the Thirty Years War to the language unification up to the political one and the social, economical and historical events conducted by the Reformation itself, as well as on literary works, songs, psalms, Lieder by the German theologian himself and on a representative author of 17th century German literature as Andreas Gryphius.


In a first part the book by P. Ricca/G. Tourn, "Le 95 tesi di Lutero" will be examined, with a comparison with the German originals, as well as the "Table Talk", the Lieder and the proses by Luther. In a second part Gryphius' Lyriks. Students will also benefit from the supplementary course of support of 12 hours led by Prof. Luca Renzi in collaboration with Dr. Andrea Benedetti on extracts of the works of M. Luther and A. Gryphius, with additional material that will be provided on Moodle platform

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

- Literary and historical understanding of the texts under consideration and their location in a historical and philosophical context and at the same time to understand and critically analyze aspects, historical and cultural events, placing them within a cultural overview of the historical development und sociological and of the social repercussions.

- Skills of applying knowledge and understanding: the student will have the cultural and literary skills to the description and analysis of German culture.

- Making judgments: the student will have, through a broad spectrum of readings and references, critical skills that enable him to analyze and evaluate literary texts and cultural topics and matter autonomous opinions on socio-cultural issues concerning various historical periods.

- Communication skills: ability to come to understand and communicate and convey reality and different ages and use a specific language.

- The acquisition capacity of methodological tools and bibliographical and critical skills to further develop their area of knowledge for the next levels of studies.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal lessons and seminars


Attendance of at least two-thirds of the lessons

Course books
  • P. Ricca/G. Tourn, Le 95 tesi di Lutero. Torino 2010
  • M. Lutero, Discorsi a tavola. Introduzione, traduzione e note di L. Perini, con un saggio su Martin Lutero di D. Cantimori. Torino 1969 (Extracts - ed. Out of print, will be loaded on Moodle)
  • M. Lutero, Lieder e prose, a c. di E. Bonfatti. Milano 1983 (Extracts - ed. Out of print, will be loaded on Moodle)
  • L. Lari (a c. di), Commento a 40 Sonetti di Andreas Gryphius, in «Jacques e i suoi quaderni», trad. it. di E. De Angelis, n. 22. Pisa 1994 (Extracts - will be loaded on Moodle)

Oral examination. Attending students may use a term paper, to be carried out in groups, according to the criteria described by the teacher, which will integrate the final grade. Non-attending students are required to follow the syllabus as provided by the handbook.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


There are no requirements, unless the observance of the program handbook

Course books

Same as attending students


Oral examination.


Part of the course will be taught in German. The students can request to sit the final exam in German with an alternative bibliography.

Teil des Kurses wird auf Deutsch gehalten werden. Die StudentInnen können auf Nachfrage die Prüfung in deutscher Sprache mit einer Alternativbibliografie halten.

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