Italian BA (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: R300
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33, with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Module details

Programme Year One

Semester One
You will take three core modules (15 credits each) alongside a minor subject (15 credits).

Semester Two
You will take three core modules (15 credits each) alongside a minor subject (15 credits).

All students are required to take a minor subject under Honours Select in Year One.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Introduction to Italian Studies I (ITAL120)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To introduce students to issues relating to post-unification and fascist Italy and to past and current debates surrounding multilingual, multicultural and multiethnic Italy; To develop subject-specific skills appropriate to a range of areas in Italian studies and generic study skills, so that students are prepared for level two modules within the Italian curriculum; To enhance critical analysis and independent thinking.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate a knowledge of key debates and themes relating to post-unification and fascist Italy and to multiculturalism

    (LO2) Understand a text relating to the target culture within its broad historical and social context

    (LO3) Successfully apply a close reading to a text relating to the target culture

    (S1) Information skills - information accessing

    (S2) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S7) Research skills - independent analysis

  • Introduction to Italian Studies II (ITAL121)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To provide students with skills appropriate to a range of areas in Italian Studies and to assist them in developing generic study skills so that they are prepared for level two modules within the Italian curriculum; To involve the students in the discussion of issues surrounding past and current debates on changing values, conflicts and dissension within Italian society.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To acquire a good overview of issues surrounding past and current debates on changing values, conflicts and dissension within Italian society.

    (LO2) To read critically both short and more extended passages in English and further their understanding of the language and conventions of journalistic and cinematic texts.

    (LO3) To be familiar with the conventional forms of academic terminology and writing and be able to draw on a range of data to describe key concepts in these areas and construct in their own words an argument in the form of an extended essay.

    (LO4) To be familiar with and be able to use the conventional forms of bibliographic citation.

    (LO5) To gain further experience in teamwork and group discussion.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Independence

    (S6) Research skills - independent analysis

    (S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

  • Texts and Contexts in Italian (ITAL125)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To allow students to develop their reading knowledge of a specific topic related to Italian culture;

    To further students' linguistic skills in Italian;

    To enable students to understand texts in their historical, political, social and literary contexts;

    To develop students' research skills through targeted tasks;

    To develop students' academic writing skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will demonstrate their understanding of an Italian-language text in its context

    (LO2) Students will develop their reading skills in both Italian and English

    (LO3) Students will develop their research skills.

    (LO4) Students will develop their academic writing style and demonstrate their understanding of correct formatting

    (S1) Communication skills - written and oral

    (S2) Research skills - gathering and evaluating information

    (S3) Critical thinking skills

    (S4) Independent working - time management, self-management

    (S5) Responding to advice and feedback

  • Language Awareness (MODL105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Develop students' awareness of and explicit knowledge about language; Introduce students to key concepts of linguistics; Enhance students' skills of critical analysis of language, including hypothesis testing and rule formation; Develop students' understanding of similarities and differences between human languages; Develop students' awareness of and explicit knowledge about language learning that will help them become more efficient language learners.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Manage language learning processes more efficiently.

    (LO2) Understand key aspects of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics which are relevant for language learners.

    (LO3) Talk about and describe language using the correct terminology.

    (LO4) Reflect critically on selected language-related issues.

    (LO5) Relate knowledge about text features to the translation of text.

    (LO6) Communicate more efficiently in the first and foreign language.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

    (S3) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S7) Time and project management - Personal organisation

  • Intermediate Italian 5, Year 1 (ITAL105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To build on existing language skills focusing on all four areas of language competence;

    To encourage students to explore aspects of contemporary Italian culture and to reflect on some key Italian social trends through the medium of Italian;

    To provide students with a sound understanding of the more complex structures of Italian grammar;

    To develop students' language learning strategy use and reflective approach towards language learning.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Consolidate and apply listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    (LO2) Reach a good knowledge and understanding of written and spoken Italian in a variety of contexts, registers and styles.

    (LO3) Communicate accurately in spoken and written Italian.

    (LO4) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (LO5) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the cultural and linguistic context of the country of the target language.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

  • Intermediate Italian 6, Year 1 (ITAL106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To build on existing language skills focusing on all four areas of language competence;

    To provide students with a sound understanding of the more complex structures of Italian grammar;

    To encourage students to explore aspects of contemporary Italian culture and to reflect on some key Italian social and economic trends through the medium of Italian;

    To develop students' language learning strategy use and reflective approach towards language learning.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Consolidate and apply listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    (LO2) Reach a good understanding of written and spoken Italian in a variety of contexts, registers and styles.

    (LO3) Communicate accurately and with some fluency in spoken and written Italian.

    (LO4) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (LO5) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the cultural and linguistic context of the country of the target language.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

  • Beginners Italian 1+2 (ITAL112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Develop all the skills necessary to begin to communicate confidently in spoken and written Italian, including basic competence in reading and listening;

    Provide students with a sound understanding of the basic structures of the Italian grammar;

    Encourage students to explore some aspects of contemporary Italian culture through the medium of Italian;

    Develop useful language learning strategies and a reflective approach as well as the ability to work collaboratively and independently.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Apply basic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    (LO2) Communicate in the target language in everyday contexts using basic formal and informal registers.

    (LO3) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and appropriate varieties of the target languages.

    (LO4) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (LO5) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

  • Elementary Italian 3+4, Year 1 (ITAL134)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    Continue to develop all the skills necessary to communicate confidently in spoken and written Italian within a range of topics, including reading and listening competences;

    Consolidate existing knowledge of Italian language while learning even more complex structures;

    Encourage students to explore more aspects of contemporary Italian culture through the medium of Italian;

    Develop useful language learning strategies and a reflective approach as well as the ability to work collaboratively and independently.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Consolidate listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    (LO2) Communicate in the target language in a wider variety of contexts using appropriate register.

    (LO3) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and appropriate varieties of the target language.

    (LO4) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (LO5) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

Programme Year Two

Semester One
You will take two core modules (15 credits) as well as 30 credits of optional modules.

Semester Two
You will take one core module (15 credits) as well as 45 credits of optional modules.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Extended Project in Italian (ITAL215)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The module is  required for students of single and major Honours Italian . Together with the module ITAL105 Texts and Contexts in Italian, the module forms part of a research  pathway designed to develop research skills in preparation for the MODL307 Dissertation in final year.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a topic in Italian Studies related to one of their first-semester module choices and a critical grasp of debates about this topic.

    (LO2) Students will develop their ability to design and research an extended academic project using the tools and materials available in the library.

    (LO3) Students will develop their academic writing skills, and enhance their ability to produce structured work in an appropriate academic style.

    (LO4) Students will develop their ability to respond to guidance and feedback and to incorporate this into their work.

    (S1) Research skills - gathering and evaluating information

    (S2) Written communication skills - structuring and writing an extended piece of work

    (S3) Critical thinking skills

    (S4) Responding to advice and feedback

    (S5) Self- and time management skills

  • Advanced Italian 7 (ITAL207)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To build on advanced language skills in all four areas of language competence; To develop more specialised language and cultural competences of the kind required in the year abroad (practice and vocabulary of the working environment in the Italian context will also be analysed); To provide students with a sound understanding of complex   structures of Italian grammar, lexis and syntax; T o develop students' language learning strategy use and reflective approach towards language learning.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Consolidate and apply listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    (LO2) Improve listening, reading and writing skills in the target language.

    (LO3) Communicate with accuracy and fluency in spoken and written Italian.

    (LO4) Be aware of issues in contemporary Italian society and the working environment

    (LO5) Acquire increased confidence in researching and presenting facts and opinions.

    (LO6) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (LO7) Demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic context of the country of the target language.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

  • Advanced Italian 8 (ITAL208)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To build on advanced language skills on all four areas of language competence; To introduce and develop more specialised language and cultural competences of the kind requires in the year abroad and in preparation of the final year (liaison interpreting and translation practice);   To provide students with a sound understanding of complex structures of Italian grammar, lexis and syntaxp;   To develop students' language learning strategy use and reflective approach towards language learning.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Consolidate and apply listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    (LO2) Improve listening, reading, writing, translation and interpreting skills.

    (LO3) Communicate with accuracy and fluency in spoken and written Italian and English.

    (LO4) Demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic context of the country of the target language.

    (LO5) Acquire increased confidence in researching and presenting facts and opinions and in contributing their views.

    (LO6) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

  • Advanced Italian 7+8 (ITAL278)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Develop further skills acquired in ITAL256 to enable students to communicate confidently and effectively in spoken and written Italian in a range of formal and informal contexts, including working environments;

    Consolidate existing knowledge of Italian language including advanced and sophisticated structures;

    Enable students to develop further their own learning strategies and fosters a reflective approach as well as the ability to work independently and collaboratively;

    Encourage students to explore aspects of contemporary Italian culture and to reflect on some current Italian issues through the medium of Italian in preparation of the Year Abroad.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Improve and consolidate listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language, including formal writing.

    (LO2) Communicate effectively and confidently in the target language in a wide variety of contexts using appropriate register.

    (LO3) Demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of written and spoken Italian, including structures, registers and appropriate varieties of the language.

    (LO4) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (LO5) Demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language, including awareness of the working environments.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

  • Intermediate Italian 5+6, Year 2 (ITAL256)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Develop further all the skills necessary to communicate confidently and effectively in spoken and written Italian, including reading and listening competences;

    Consolidate existing knowledge of Italian language while learning more complex structures;

    Enable students to develop further language learning strategies and fosters a reflective approach as well as the ability to work collaboratively and independently;

    Encourage students to explore aspects of contemporary Italian culture and to reflect on some current Italian issues through the medium of Italian in preparation for the Year Abroad.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Improve and consolidate listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    (LO2) Communicate effectively in the target language in a wide variety of contexts using appropriate register.

    (LO3) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of written and spoken Italian, including structures, registers and appropriate varieties of the language.

    (LO4) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (LO5) Demonstrate a deeper knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Italy, Africa and the Mediterranean: Empires, Migration and Transnational Memory (ITAL225)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To give students an understanding of the transnational, interconnected histories of Italy, Europe and Africa from the age of the Empires to the present; To introduce students to major contemporary debates on the meaning of history and memory in culture, notably their impact on contemporary processes of identification in a globalised and mobile world; To develop student’s critical understanding of transcultural contacts in the Mediterranean, by featuring language-sensitive approach to the reading of history and cultures of the Mediterranean; To increase student’s analytical tools with respect to debates on migration, memory, language and citizenship in the Mediterranean context; To develop student’s skills for research, presentation, analysis and debate; To develop student’s ability and confidence in multilingual learning processes (i.e. collaborative learning processes where the multiple languages involved in their study are not entirely familiar to them).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) A broad knowledge of the history of migration and colonialism across Italy, Africa and Mediterranean from the 19th century to the present.

    (LO2) Awareness of the historical backdrop and transcultural tensions in which contemporary issues of citizenship and migration in the Mediterranean are embedded.

    (LO3) An ability to read critically history and memory narratives of the 21st century.

    (LO4) Confidence in raising questions and challenging mainstream representations of Italy, Africa and Mediterranean.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) – Presentation skills – Oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) – Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving – Critical analysis

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) – Media analysis

    (S5) Global citizenship – Cultural awareness

    (S6) Personal attributes and qualities – Independence

    (S7) Research Skills – independent analysis

  • Living the Global Eighteenth Century (HLAC200)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To offer students an introduction to some key aspects of European culture and society in the eighteenth century; To make students who come from a range of major subject areas aware of the ways in which study of that period is approached by and can enrich a range of disciplines.; To help students to grasp and reflect on the historical dimensions of their own shared and contested culture(s) and the contemporary political and global order.; To develop students' capacity for asking questions (curiosity) as well as for answering them (research skills) by engaging them in active and interactive learning.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) A sound knowledge of key aspects of European culture, society and politics in the eighteenth century and insight into the historical dimensions of European and global modernity

    (LO2) An understanding of the ways in which study of the eighteenth century is approached by scholars in a range of disciplines and in working with people from disciplinary backgrounds different from their own

    (LO3) Ability to analyse and respond to primary texts critically in terms of their historical and geographical context

    (LO4) Ability to devise and carry out an independent research project, deploying both data and imagination

    (LO5) A sound knowledge of aspects of material culture of the eighteenth century and ability to analyse artefacts of material culture critically and in their geographical historical context

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S7) Personal attributes and qualities - independence

  • Multilingual Liverpool: Reading the City (MODL234)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To introduce students to core theoretical topics in sociolinguistics;

    To encourage critical awareness of multilingualism and language practices;

    To apply decoding approaches to texts publicly available in Liverpool.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Read critically public texts, both in English and in the target language.

    (LO2) Decode signs into the target language, bearing in mind the principles of semiotics, audience, design and other linguistic landscape theories.

    (LO3) Develop an understanding of multilingualism.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Propaganda and Censorship (FILM202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an insight into the interaction of film and political authority, the structures which the authorities use or have used in order to exert control on the cinema and the ways in which cinema’s power over its audience has been harnessed, manipulated or occasionally feared to the point of suppression;

    To examine specific films, scenes from them and the controversies around them as case studies of the interaction of film and political and /or other authority;

    To introduce students to theoretical debates about propaganda and censorship in Film Studies.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will gain a differentiated understanding of the way in which political and other authorities have sought to control, harness and curb the power of film in different historical situations.

    (LO2) Students will gain an awareness of film’s position in national institutional structures and the effect of these onthe finished product and a historical perspective on the perceived purpose of and limits on film production in Europe.

    (LO3) Students will develop an alertness to the ways in which film may seek to manipulate the viewer and a critical attitude to the theories that have been constructed regarding the effects of film on its audience.

    (LO4) Students will develop an ability to use different kinds of textual evidence to present a balanced and sophisticated argument about complex issues of representation and control and to reach a reasoned conclusion recognising the power of social attitudes and desires in the formulation and conduct of debates in these fields.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Research skills - All Information skills

  • The Cinematic City (FILM201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To explore ways in which European cinema has made use of the urban space (cinema having been described as an urban art-form par excellence ); Through a wide range of films from different European countries, to introduce students both to issues relating to the imaginary conception of cities, and to concepts in film theory regarding the construction of space, the position of the observer, and the nature and purpose of representation and of narrative construction;

    To introduce students to relatively complex theoretical constructions, in an immediate and approachable way, which will give them confidence in their ability to handle concepts in critical theory and to apply them successfully;

    To develop their capacities in expressing their ideas, both in discussion and in written work, with regard to more advanced material than they were required to study in the first-year module;

    To alert them to the conceptual links which film studies has with other theoretical fields; To introduce students in a simple way to the practical problems of audiovisual representation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Awareness of issues of urban theory, of the spatial implications of cinematic expression, and of the interaction of these;

    (LO2) Awareness of the ways in which cinema has been used to articulate the self-construction of urban societies

    (LO3) Alertness to the ways in which the modern world is constructed through representations

    (LO4) Ability to handle theoretical concepts confidently in written and oral modes, to carry on a discussion and sustain an argument by applying those concepts.

    (LO5) Awareness of some of the practical issues involved in creating an audiovisual piece.

    (LO6) Ability to plan the translation of experience of the city into audiovisual form.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S6) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S7) Handling audiovisual material

  • The Italian Cinema (ITAL223)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To introduce students to the major periods and some of the major films of one of the most significant of European National cinemas, through a selection of films which are available in sub-titled versions in this country;

    To give students an understanding of the range of Italian cinema, its influence on Europe as a whole, and its very particular nature (with a particular consideration to the strong division between the internationally influential ‘art-film’ production of the 1950s and 1960s, and the generic popular films which brought in the domestic audience and have recently begun to attract notice abroad);

    To broaden students’ perceptions of ‘European’ cinema, to give them a basis for comparison which they can use in their other modules on this course;

    To increase students’ analytical tools and vocabulary with respect to different types of cultural production;

    To increase students’ awareness of the social function of film (and cultural production in general) and the role it plays both for its audience and (to some extent) in the intellectual life of a culture in general;

    To make students aware of possible aspects of film culture which they may wish to explore further in their final year or during their year in Europe;

    To increase students’ confidence in written and oral analysis and debate.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) A broad knowledge of the history of Italian cinema so that students will be able both to compare it with other European cinemas and to assess current Italian films and issues in Italian cinema in a historical context.

    (LO2) An awareness of the different roles and functions of ‘auteur’ and popular cinema, of the issues for film studies which these different types of production imply, and of some possibly fruitful avenues for further study.

    (LO3) An ability to discuss both orally and in written form concepts relating both to formal innovation (where authorial intent must be taken into account) and to generic norms and issues of spectatorship (applying theoretical concepts to popular cultural forms)

    (LO4) Confidence in dealing with film texts where (it must be assumed) the principal language is not one they are familiar with, and an ability to make allowances for this and to come to the appropriate terms with their own position in relation to the culture they are studying.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S6) Personal attributes and qualities - Independence

    (S7) Research skills - independent analysis

Programme Year Three

Year Abroad

You will complete assessment tasks appropriate to your Year Abroad placement, either producing one or more pieces of work in Italian or completing modules at your host university.

Programme Year Four

Semester One
You will take two core modules, and choose one (15 credit) optional module.

Semester Two
You will take two core modules, and choose one (15 credit) optional module.

You will be required to complete a dissertation (30 credits).

Year Four Compulsory Modules

  • Dissertation (MODL307)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To give students the opportunity to carry out independent research at an advanced level, with appropriate support, into a cultural, literary or linguistic topic of interest to them;

    To draw on and extend the skills and knowledge of relevant cultural, literary or linguistic issues and theoretical debates students have acquired in their taught modules;

    To produce a piece of individual research which presents an argument developed over 10,000 words, usually divided into Introduction, three chapters, and Conclusion.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Utilise a variety of bibliographical tools to locate a range of primary and secondary sources on which to base a research project.

    (LO2) Construct, focus and structure an independent project, in discussion with a personal supervisor working in that subject area.

    (LO3) Analyse source materials, and develop coherent and original arguments on the basis of research.

    (LO4) Engage critically with relevant cultural, literary or linguistic and / or theoretical debates on the topic.

    (LO5) Manage time effectively and efficiently and plan a long-term process of research, reading and writing.

    (LO6) Present a confident and coherent argument in clear written prose, following scholarly conventions of referencing and bibliography.

    (S1) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

    (S2) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S3) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S7) Time and project management - Project planning

    (S8) Time and project management - Project management

    (S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S10) Research skills - All Information skills

  • Italian Crime Stories: From Noir Fiction to Mafia Films (ITAL321)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To introduce and broaden the students’ perceptions of Italian crime and Mafia fiction and film; To introduce a variety of theoretical and critical approaches and considers how the different sources can relate to each other and to society; To explore and analyse a variety of sources (including novels, films and TV series); To make students aware of relevant aspects of Italian crime and Mafia fiction and film which they may wish to explore further in postgraduate research programmes.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An ability to understand and discuss literary texts, films and other artefacts and to place these sources in its broader historical, cultural and social context.

    (LO2) An ability to apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of written and audio-visual sources.  

    (LO3) Ability to demonstrate confidence in written analysis and debate

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Oral skills

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Independence

    (S6) Research skills - Independent analysis

  • Proficient Italian 11, Year 3 (ITAL311)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Develop advanced linguistic competence to deal with a wide range of linguistic, intercultural and professional contexts confidently;

    Acquire an advanced ability to discuss topics of Italian interest orally and in writing;

    Acquire an advanced ability to translate into Italian;

    Extend and deepen knowledge of aspects of Italian culture.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to communicate in both spoken and written Italian with near-native fluency

    (LO2) Understanding of the necessary linguistic and cultural tools to deal with realistic and complex situations of the world of work

    (LO3) Ability to operate as an effective inter-cultural communicator

    (LO4) Attainment of a sophisticated level of linguistic and cultural awareness

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Proficient Italian 12 (ITAL312)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Develop advanced linguistic competence to deal with a wide range of linguistic, intercultural and professional contexts confidently;

    Acquire an advanced linguistic ability to discuss topics of Italian interest orally and in writing;

    Acquire an advanced ability to translate out of Italian and to act as a liaison interpreter;

    Extend and deepen knowledge of aspects of Italian culture.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to communicate in both spoken and written Italian with near-native fluency

    (LO2) Ability to use the necessary linguistic and cultural tools to deal with realistic and complex situations of the world of work

    (LO3) Ability to operate as an effective inter-cultural communicator

    (LO4) Attainment of a sophisticated level of linguistic and cultural awareness

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Negotiation skills

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • The Sociolinguistics of Contemporary Italy (ITAL320)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To outline the linguistic situation of contemporary Italy; To develop the students’ critical awareness of issues relating to language in society, with specific reference to the Italian context; T o introduce theoretical and methodological aspects of sociolinguistic research.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understanding of the main factors at play in evaluating the Italian linguistic situation

    (LO2) Ability to assess Italian linguistic behaviour on the basis of individual and social variables

    (LO3) Ability to apply the main sociolinguistic concepts and categories confidently

    (LO4) Ability to critically evaluate relevant literature in Italian sociolinguistics

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S7) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

Year Four Optional Modules

  • Comics and Graphic Novels: Memory and Transcultural Mobility (MODL326)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To broaden students’ perception of comics exploring different contexts of development of comics industries and their transnational connections since the 20th century;

    To introduce students to scholarship that reads contemporary changes in the cultural practices and media structures through the comic medium;

    To make students aware of the breadth and potential of graphic narratives by examining different genres, such as autobiography, testimony and reportage, as well as the different forms (printed and digital) in which they emerge and circulate;

    To give students an understanding of how graphic narratives of transcultural experiences visualize the relationship between mobility (understood as both spatial and cultural) and memory;

    To develop student’s ability and confidence in multilingual learning processes (i.e. collaborative learning processes where the multiple languages involved in their study are not entirely familiar to them).

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) A broad knowledge of the development of comics as a medium since the 20th century, across multiple linguistic and cultural contexts of the development of comics industries.

    (LO2) An ability to engage with recent scholarly debates on comics and contemporary media structures.

    (LO3) An awareness of the multiple genres of graphic narratives and their development across linguistic and mnemonic formations.

    (LO4) An ability to read cultural mobility in the 21st century through the expanding medium of comics.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) – Presentation skills – Oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) – Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving – Critical analysis

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) – Media analysis

    (S5) Global citizenship – Cultural awareness

    (S6) Personal attributes and qualities – Independence

    (S7) Research Skills – independent analysis

  • Screening Texts (MODL328)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to adaptation theory;

    To enable students to read, watch and understand complex texts either in their original language or in translation across a range of Modern Language areas;

    To develop students’ aptitudes in literary and film analysis;

    To develop students’ writing skills, both academic and for non-specialist audiences.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate knowledge of key aspects of film adaptation theory as applied to the texts and films studied on the module.

    (LO2) Read and understand complex texts in the original language or in translation.

    (LO3) Watch and understand challenging films in the original language or subtitled into English.

    (LO4) Analyse and comment on selected texts in terms of their literary features and how they have been adapted into films.

    (LO5) Analyse and comment on selected films in terms of their narrative strategies and their relation to original literary sources.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving.

    (S2) Communication: oral, written visual to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    (S3) Global citizenship.

  • Terror Remembered: Representing Traumatic Histories in Latin America, Europe and China (MODL304)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to approaches to memory and to a body of textual, visual, material representation of terror that has become a key focus for critical analysis in recent cultural studies;

    To provide a context in which students can engage in systematic comparisons between European, Latin American and East Asian experiences and representations of social and political trauma;

    To provoke students to reflect systematically on the political and ethical implications of literary, material and cinematic representation of traumatic histories.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) A basic knowledge of the circumstances and character of the Holocaust in Europe, the experiences of dictatorship and civil war in Latin America, and, where relevant, the Japanese occupation of China and the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

    (LO2) A detailed understanding of the ways in which traumatic experiences of state terror and civil conflict have been represented in Latin American, European or Chinese cultural discourse.

    (LO3) Familiarity with the terms and methods used in the critical analysis of literary, visual and heritage practice and in particular with the terms of critical debate about the ethics and aesthetics of representing political violence and genocide

    (LO4) The ability to apply comparative analysis to the understanding of local and individual events, texts and artefacts

    (LO5) For students of a modern foreign language: enhanced ability to use their skills for reading and analysing a range of complex texts in the target language.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral and poster design

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S6) Personal attributes and qualities - independence

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

You will be taught in a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and small group tutorials where a friendly environment prevails and great attention is paid to giving feedback on assessed work.

In language classes, we make every effort to ensure that we have a small number of students compared to competitor institutions, which means that academic staff are able to support students to achieve their full potential. All language modules involve continuous assessment such as oral presentations, listening tests and grammar tests as well as exams. Tuition takes place in small groups with first-language speakers playing a prominent part and includes a range of skills such as listening, writing, speaking, interpreting and translation.

Students are also expected to make regular use of our fully-refurbished Language Lounge to enhance their own study. We encourage our students to become independent learners, and support them through our dedicated library resources in the Sydney Jones Library which is open 24-hour in term time. We also make extensive use of our virtual learning environment VITAL where students can complete structured tasks outside the classroom.


Assessment

Performance throughout the year is carefully monitored and used to supplement examinations. For language, such a programme of continuous assessment involves evaluating performance in a variety of written and oral exercises. Other modules have a mix of essay and exam assessment. Our aim is always to assess by methods of evaluation appropriate to the skills being developed and to allow students to gain credit for good work done during the year.

Exams take place at two points in the academic year: at the end of Semester One in January and at the end of the session in May, so that the workload is evenly distributed. As regards the final degree result, for language programmes, the second year’s work counts for 20%, the work done during the Year Abroad (foreign exams or extended essay or portfolio) counts for another 10%, and the final year’s work counts for 70%.