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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
SP04105176, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SP1426, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ADVANCED ENGLISH
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines L-LIN/12 English Language and Translation 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2018/19 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Advanced English: B2 level required.
Target skills and knowledge: SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE TO BE ACQUIRED: Teaching methods: This is an advanced English language course. Students will perfect their language skills in the domains relative to their specialities, particularly in the realm of International Studies and related fields such as Human Rights and Intercultural issues..
Skills will be perfected through study and analysis of up-to-date texts on current events and international policies, with spontaneous class debates and voluntary, brief oral presentations on chosen themes. Training in istening comprehension will also be included.
Examination methods: For attending students (80% of the lessons) it is possible to choose a system of continuous assessment to count for 50% of the final grade. Continuous assessment consists in the elaboration of a well-structured essay of about 450 words done at home on a theme selected from a list provided by the instructor, an oral presentation in class on a theme compatible with the course, lasting about 10 minutes, followed by a debate and/or comments, and a final exam consisting in one essay (instead of two), without the oral test.

For non-attending students, the final exam consists in 2 parts: written and oral. (See above for attending students.).

For the non-attending, the written part of the final exam consists of two essays of about 450 words on a theme studied in class. The oral part consists in a 10-minute presentation and interactive discussion with the teacher.on a topic related to the material studied in the course.
Assessment criteria: Students shall be evaluated on the knowledge acquired during the course and the capacity to re-use it in an international / intercultural environment. It is essential for them to develop a critical mind and to be able to defend a personal opinion in an eloquent manner.
As for the written language, the following will be evaluated: structure (coherent paragraphs, brief and precise introduction, the ability to compose balanced sentences, coherent development in the body of the essay, a clear and non-repetitious conclusion), the ability to write clearly and in respect of proper syntax, and the capacity to properly cite sources and references.
Course unit contents: The texts to be studied will be taken from a variety of sources such as Foreign Policy Magazine, The New Yorker, The Economist, and many others, according to events and the desired journalistic quality.

Documentaries by renowned specialists and journalists such
as Naomi Klein and the social economist Robert Reich will also be projected for lexical study, critical analysis and spontaneous debate. Material from the documentaries can also be included in the written work. Particular attention wil be paid to European questions and international policies.

Some lessons will be devoted to the techniques of negotiation in an international environment, through study of theory, case study and role-playing.
Others will be devoted to the work environment and to the language and customs of relations within an intercultural work environment.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Regarding the course content outlined above, the classes will include oral participation, written exercises, listening comprehension and preparation before class of the required readings.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Most material will be made available throughout the course on the Moodle platform and in the library at 28 via del Santo.

We will also study texts from complimentary articles available online from Foreign Policy Magazine, The Economist, The New Yorker, and others.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • John S. Odell,, Negotiating Agreements in International Relations. Harvard University:, 2013. updated 2016
  • Urszula Michalik, et. al., The Use of Humor in the Multicultural Working Environment. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publilshing, 2017. Ebook

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Action learning
  • Use of online videos

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Decent Work and Economic Growth Reduced Inequalities Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions