Italian BA (Hons) Add to your prospectus

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: R300
  • Year of entry: 2019
  • 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 1

You will take three complusory modules (15 credits each) alongside a Minor Subject (15 credits).

 

Semester 2

You will take three complusory modules (15 credits each) alongside a Minor Subject (15 credits).

 

 

*All students are required to take a minor subject under Honours Select in Year 1.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • 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

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

    Communicate in the target language in everyday contexts using basic formal and informal registers.​

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and appropriate varieties of the target languages.​

    Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.​

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.​

  • Intermediate Italian 3+4 (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

    ​Consolidate listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    Communicate in the target language in a wider variety of contexts using appropriate register.​

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and appropriate varieties of the target language.​

    Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.​

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.​

  • Advanced Italian 5 (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

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

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

    Communicate accurately in spoken and written Italian.

    Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

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

  • Advanced Italian 6 (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

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

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

    Communicate accurately and with some fluency in spoken and written Italian.

    Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

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

  • 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

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

      Understand a text relating to the target culture within its broad historical and social context​

      Successfully apply a close reading to a text relating to the target culture​

    • 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

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

      ​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.

      ​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.

      ​To be familiar with and be able to use the conventional forms of bibliographic citation.

      ​To gain further experience in teamwork and group discussion.

    • 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

      Manage language learning processes more efficiently.

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

      ​Talk about and describe language using the correct terminology. 

      ​Reflect critically on selected language-related issues.

      ​Relate knowledge about text features to the translation of text.

      ​Communicate more efficiently in the first and foreign language.

    • 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 Italian literature and / or cinema;

      To further students'' linguistic skills in Italian;

      To enable students to understand literary and / or audio-visual texts in their historical, political, social and literary contexts;

      Todevelop students'' research skills through targeted tasks;

      To develop students'' academic writing skills.

      Learning OutcomesStudents will demonstrate their understanding of an Italian-language text in its context Students will develop their reading skills in both Italian and English

      Students will develop their research skills.​

      ​Students will develop their academic writing style and demonstrate their understanding of correct formatting

    Programme Year Two

    Semester 1

    You will take three complusory modules (15 credits each) as well as one (15 credit) of optional modules.

    Semester 2


    You will take two complusory modules (15 credits each) as well as two (30 credits) of optional modules.

     

    Year Two Compulsory Modules

    • Advanced Italian 5+6 (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

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

      Communicate effectively in the target language in a wide variety of contexts using appropriate register.​

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

      Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.​

      Demonstrate a deeper knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.​

    • 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

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

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

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

      Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.​

      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.​

    • 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;

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

      Learning Outcomes

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

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

      Communicate with accuracy and fluency in spoken and written Italian.

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

      Acquire increased confidence in researching and presenting facts and opinions.

      Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

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

    • 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

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

      Improve listening, reading, writing, translation and interpreting skills.

      Communicate with accuracy and fluency in spoken and written Italian and English.

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

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

      Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    • 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

      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.​

       

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

       

      Students will develop their academic writing skills, and enhance their ability to produce structured workinan appropriate academic style.​

       

      Students will develop their ability to respond to guidance and feedback and to incorporate this into their work.​

       

    • The Linguistic Landscape (MODL222)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • To introduce students to key theoretical and conceptual debates within Linguistic Landscape studies

    • ​To develop students'' ability to apply theoretical and conceptual debates to a close linguistic and semiotic analysis of the public space.

    • ​To enhance students'' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking.

    • Learning OutcomesShow an understanding of semiotics, in order to be able to ‘read’ languages as they appear in the public space as well as analyse signs in urban and rural environments

      Students will be able to create their own wiki, analysing a sign/signs

      Students will be able to plan, undertake and submit their own original research project into an aspect of the linguistic landscape, as identified by the student, with guidance from the tutors

    • The Italian Cinema (ITAL223)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      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

      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.

      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.

      ​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)

      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.

    Year Two Optional Modules

    • The Cinematic City (FILM201)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond 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

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

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

      Alertness to the ways in which the modern world is constructed through representations​

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

      ​Awareness of some of the practical issues involved in creating an audiovisual piece.

      ​Ability to plan the translation of experience of the city into audiovisual form.​

    • 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

      Students will gain a differentiatedunderstanding of the way in which political and other authorities have soughtto control, harness and curb the power of film in different historicalsituations. 

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

      Students will develop an alertness tothe ways in which film may seek to manipulate the viewer and a criticalattitude to the theories that have been constructed regarding the effects offilm on its audience.

      Students will develop an ability touse different kinds of textual evidence to present a balanced and sophisticatedargument about complex issues of representation and control and to reach areasoned conclusion recognising the power of social attitudes and desires inthe formulation and conduct of debates in these fields.​

    • 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

      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 

      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​

      Ability to analyse and respond to primary texts critically in terms of their historical and geographical context​

      Ability to devise and carry out an independent research project, deploying both data and imagination​

      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​

    • Multilingual Liverpool: Reading and Translating the City (MODL234)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      ​To introduce students to core theoretical topics in sociolinguistics;

      To encourage critical awareness of multilingualism and language practices;

      To apply translation approaches to texts publicly available in Liverpool. 

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Read critically public texts, both in English and in the target language.

      ​Translate signs into the target language, bearing in mind the principles of semiotics, audience, design and other linguistic landscape theories.

      ​Develop an understanding of multilingualism.

    Programme Year Three

    Required year abroad during which students can opt for one of three pathways each of which has its own form of assessment. The year abroad carries 120 credits (at Level 5) and counts for 10% of the final degree classification. Students can choose to spend the year in one destination or one placement or in two destinations on similar or different placements.

    Pathway 1, a course of study at a recognized academic institution in an Italian speaking country.

    Pathway 2, work as an English-Language teaching assistant in an Italian speaking country, the student can opt to carry out an independent year abroad research essay or a language portfolio or a combination of the two assessments. The student is guided in his/her choice by his/her year abroad supervisor.

    Pathway 3, independent work placement in an Italian speaking country, the student can opt to carry out an independent year abroad research essay or a language portfolio or a combination of the two assessments. The student is guided in his/her choice by his/her year abroad supervisor.

     

    Programme Year Four

    Semester 1

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

    Semester 2

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

     

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

    *Students must have taken MODL311 as a pre-requisite.

    Year Four Compulsory Modules

    • Proficient Italian 11 (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 and out of Italian​;Extend and deepen knowledge of aspects of Italian culture​;
      Learning Outcomes

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

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

      Ability to operate as an effective inter-cultural communicator​

      Attainment of a sophisticated level of linguistic and 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;

      ​To introduce theoretical and methodological aspects of sociolinguistic research.

         

      Learning Outcomes

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

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

      Ability to apply the main sociolinguistic concepts and categories confidently

      Ability to critically evaluate relevant literature in Italian sociolinguistics​

    • 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

      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.

       

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

      ​Ability to demonstrate confidence in written analysis and debate

    • 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

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

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

      ​Analyse source materials, and develop coherent and original arguments on the basis of research.

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

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

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

    Year Four Optional Modules

    • Mediterranean Connections (MODL320)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

      ·        Tointroduce students to a rangeof cultural, hisorical and linguistic issues that represent the Mediterranean as a connecting and transpolitical space.

      ·        To provide students with anoverview of the history of the Mediterranean,from the Middle Ages to the present.​

      ·        ​To enable students to develop acomparative sensibility to the material under consideration, coveringtopics such as immigration, identity and the fluidity of geopolitical space.

      Learning OutcomesRead unfamiliar and challenging literary texts,showing specific knowledge about the contexts in which those texts wereproduced (considering in particular issues of identity, ethnicity, colonialism,historical migratory movements

      Appreciate thediversity of literary material that represents the Mediterraneanand the cultures connected by it, by considering approaches from a variety ofhistorical and linguistic contexts

         

      Evaluate critical approaches to representations of the Mediterranean as a connecting space, and select those likely to be pertinent and fruitful, explaining and defending choices when asked to do so either by other students or the module tutors


      ​Understand anddiscuss critically the societies, cultures and historical contexts from whichthe prescribed texts emerge and to which their authors belong


      Contribute to and(where appropriate) lead tutorial discussion, analysing in significant detailliterary texts with regard to their broad themes, and literary, socio-culturaland historical context


      Detect affinitiesbetween the prescribed texts by analysing common themes whilst makingcross-comparisons between authors and contexts


      Complete coherent,focused and structured assignments on topics related to the set texts

             

      Make competent useof secondary literature and achieve the proper integration of such materialinto an original argument

      Demonstrate anawareness of the intercultural sensitivity required for a successfulunderstanding of the material and themes under consideration

    • Advanced Translation (MODL311)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      ​To develop an understanding of theoretical issues of translation and to apply these in analysing existing texts as well as in making translation choices;

      To gain insight into the professional practice of translation;

      To further develop advanced language​ skills in both English and the target language(s);

      To be able to identify aspects of register, style and complex linguistic structures and to render these appropriately into English;

      To be able to translate a range of texts at a high level of proficiency and to select a suitable text for translation.​

      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students will demonstrate an awareness of the theoretical issues and stylistic choices involved in translating at a high level.

      Students will be able to translate a range of texts into appropriate English.​

      Students will have acquired the comprehension and linguistic skills to understand and analyse complex texts in both their target language(s) and English.​

    • 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 OutcomesA basic knowledge of the circumstances and character of the Holocaust in Europe, the experiences of dictatorship and civil war in Latin America, the Japanese occupation of China and the Chinese Cultural Revolution  A detailed understanding of the ways in which traumatic experiences of state terror and civil conflict have been represented in Latin American, European and Chinese cultural discourse 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

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

      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.​

    • Translation Project (MODL312)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      ​​

      To give students the opportunity to translate an extended piece of work to a high level of proficiency, with appropriate support;

      ​To conduct a close analysis of source material, paying particular attention to questions of style and register and rendering these appropriately in the target text;

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

      ​To develop students'' self-reflective skills, encouraging them to think critically about and justify translation choices. 

      Learning Outcomes

      Demonstrateawareness of theoretical issues and stylistic choices involved in translatingat a high level.

      ​Abilityto convey source text in target language in an appropriate manner and to a highlevel.

      ​Construct, focus and structure an independent project, in discussion with a personal supervisor working in that subject area.​​Analyse source materials, and develop coherent and original arguments on the basis of research.​​Manage time effectively and efficiently and plan a process of research, reading and writing.​​Present a confident and coherent justification of translation strategy in clear written prose, following scholarly conventions of referencing and bibliography.

    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%.