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IT317 - Introducing Dante's Hell

  • Module code: IT317
  • Module name: Introducing Dante's Hell
  • Department: Italian Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to introduce students to some of the principal episodes and thematic strands of Dante’s Comedy as well as to the poem’s ideological, historical, intellectual, and literary dimensions.

Principal learning outcomes

Its particular objectives are for students to: (a) understand the general structure and principal themes of the Inferno and some aspects of its contextual background; (b) show a critical understanding of selected episodes and their relationship to key themes; (c) develop the ability to engage in textual analysis of the Inferno.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: IT317-15)
A (Assessed work only) 4000-4500 word essay 100%
C (Assessed/examined work) 2000-2500 word essay or commentary 50%
  1 hour examination (Summer) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


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  • Undergraduate Italian with Film Studies (R3W5) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Italian and European Literature (RQ32) - Year 4