Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


Literature and history of South Tyrol
Letteratura e storia dell'Alto Adige

A.Y. Credits
2017/2018 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Luca Renzi

Assigned to the Degree Course

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

In addition to addressing the historical theme of South Tyrol through the chronicles of a writer such as Sebastiano Vassalli, the course will deal with the work of a German-speaking native poet who has compiled verses both in Italian and in German, In order to have a specific knowledge of this reality still unknown in the cultural landscape of our country.


Through the work of Gerhard Kofler Das Universum der kostbaren Minuten / L'universo dei minuti preziosi the mixture of South Tyrolean culture with the Italian element comes to its most highly symbolic form.

The poems of this author, contained in the first volume of the collection "Das Gedächtnis der Wellen / La memoria delle onde" will be treated together the varied chapters of Vassalli's book.

An additional 12-hour didactic support course on Goethean aesthetics will be held by Prof. Luca Cesari, whose content will be an integral part of the exam program.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

- Understanding and critical skills to analyze aspects, historical and cultural events, placing them within a cultural overview of the historical development and their sociological and 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 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

Supporting Activities

The teaching material and specific communications from the lecturer can be found, together with other supporting activities, 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

G. Kofler Das Universum der kostbaren Minuten/L'universo dei minuti preziosi (Das Gedächtnis der Wellen/La memoria delle onde, Band/Vol. I), a c. di F. Brugnolo e H. Drumbl. Innsbruck-Wien, Haymon 2013

S. Vassalli, Il confine. I cento anni del Sudtirolo in Italia. Milano, Rizzoli 2015


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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