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"The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation"
“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 with optional materials in a foreign language German
This course is entirely taught in Italian. 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 Cultures (L-11)
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. The further methodology and specialized texts start to a more analytical understanding of contemporary German culture.


In the first part of the course the text by Miegge on Luther will be critically analyzed, as well as aspects of German culture of 16th and 17th century. It will then be taken into consideration some cultural aspects of contemporary Germany on the basis of the text of B. Maj. Students attending the borrowed course of German Literature I and II can also avail of the integrative course of support of 12 hours led by Prof. Luca Renzi in collaboration with Dr. Andrea Benedetti on the text of P. Ricca/G. Tourn, "Le 95 tesi di Lutero" and on extracts of the works of A. Gryphius, which will be provided on Moodle platform. In this case, students of German Literature I and II shall be exempted from one of the basic course books (Miegge and Maj).

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

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal lessons and seminars


Attendance of at least two-thirds of the lessons

Course books

M. Miegge, Martin Lutero (1483-1546). La Riforma protestante e la nascita delle società moderne. Torino 2013

B. Maj, Heimat. La cultura tedesca contemporanea. Roma 2001

or optionally, replacing one of the above mentioned:

P. Ricca/G. Tourn, Le novantacinque tesi di Lutero. Torino 2010


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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