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The seduction of culture in German history and today's image of Italy in Germany
La seduzione della cultura nella storia tedesca e l'immagine di oggi dell'Italia in Germania

A.Y. Credits
2019/2020 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Luca Renzi Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by 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
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Learning Objectives

The course is aimed at the acquisition, through a historical and cultural overview on Germany from 1900 to today - initially offered by the analysis of an epochal study - of the fundamental knowledge of German culture of the last two centuries, especially in a constructive and intercultural way. Further methodological and specialist texts lead to a more analytical knowledge of contemporary German culture and dominant sterotypes.


In a first part the text of Wolf Lepenies will be critically analyzed, as well as aspects of the German culture of the 20th century.

Some cultural aspects of contemporary Germany will be examined on the basis of the text of Barnaba Maj and anthropological and typological aspects based on the text "Unser Italien!"

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

Online notes and databases prepared by the teacher.

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal and seminar lessons


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

Course books

W. Lepenies, La seduzione della cultura nella storia tedesca. Il Mulino, Bologna, 2009

B. Maj, Heimat. La cultura tedesca contemporanea. Roma, Carocci, 2001 (coll. Le Bussole/21)

Der Spiegel-Geschichte, fascicolo Nr. 3/2019: "Unser Italien!" (will be made available on the Moodle platform)


Oral examination. Term Paper

Attending students can make use of a term paper, to be carried out in groups or individually during the course or to be delivered at the end of it, according to the criteria described by the teacher. It will be evaluated by the teacher with a mark in thirties and will integrate the oral exam score at 50%. Those who declare they are attending will have to attend at least two thirds of the lessons.

Non-attending students are required to follow the exam program as foreseen by the vademecum.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


Non-attending students are required to observe the program handbook and to verify the historical and cultural contexts through the network or other methods. They are also invited to visit the page on Blended Learning Uniurb for further study materials.


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

Course books

Same of attending students


Oral examination.

Remember that a CFU approximates the measurement of the hours of commitment dedicated by the student to training activities equal to 25 hours (lessons, seminars, practice, work at home). The present course is equivalent to 8 CFU, i.e. 200 hours of total activities: if the hours of class attendance are not included within this number of hours, they should be integrated by autonomous activities of equal duration.


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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