Italian BA (Hons) Add to your prospectus

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: R300
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • 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

ITAL112 – Beginners Italian 1+2 (Mandatory)
OR
ITAL105 – Advanced Italian 5 (Mandatory)

ITAL120 – Introduction to Italian Studies I (15 credits) (Required)
MODL105 – Language Awareness (15 credits) (Required)  

Minor Subject (15 credits)*

Semester 2

ITAL134 – Intermediate Italian 3+4 (15 credits) (Mandatory)
OR
ITAL106 – Advanced Italian 6 (15 credits) (Mandatory)

ITAL121 - Introduction to Italian Studies II (15 credits) (Required)
ITAL125 – Text and context in Italian (15 credits) (Required)

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.​

  • 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.

  • 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 2 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​

  • 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.

  • 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 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 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 2 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 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.

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

    Toallow students to develop their reading knowledge of Italian literatureand/or cinema.

    Tofurther students'' linguistic skills in Italian.

    To enable studentsto understand literary and/or audio-visual texts in their historical,political, social and literary contexts.

    To developstudents'' research skills through targeted tasks.

    To developstudents'' academic writing skills.

    Learning OutcomesStudents will demonstrate their understanding ofan 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

ITAL256 – Advanced Italian 5+6 (15 credits) (Mandatory)
OR
ITAL207 - Advanced Italian 7 (15 credits) (Mandatory) 

ITAL215 – Extended Project in Italian (15 credits) (Required)
MODL222 – The Linguistic Landscape (15 credits) (Required) 

15 credits of optional modules 

Optional modules 

FILM201 – The Cinematic City (15 credits)
HLAC211 – HLC Volunteering and Experience I (15 credits)

Semester 2

ITAL278 – Advanced Italian 7+8 (15 credits) (Mandatory)
OR
ITAL208 - Advanced Italian 8 (15 credits) (Mandatory) 

ITAL223 - The Italian Cinema (15 credits) (Required)

30 credits of optional modules

Optional modules

FILM202 – Propaganda and Censorship (15 credits)
HLAC200 - Living the Global 18th Century  (15 credits)
HLAC212 – HLC Volunteering and Experience II (15 credits)

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 (ITAL207)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    1.      To build on advanced language skills in all four areas of language competence. 2.      ​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). 3.      ​To provide students with a sound understanding of complex structures of Italian grammar, lexis and syntax.4.      ​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.

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

    ​The module is required for students of 75 and 100 per cent 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

    Studentswill demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a topic in Italian Studiesrelated to one of their first-semestermodule choices and a critical grasp of debates about this topic.​

    Studentswill develop their ability to design and research an extended academic projectusing the tools and materials availablein the library.​

    Studentswill develop their academic writing skills, and enhance their ability toproduce structured work in anappropriate academic style.​

    Students will develop their ability to respond to guidance and feedbackand 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

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

    ·         Develop further skills acquired in ITAL 256 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 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 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, 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.

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

    • To introduce students to the majorperiods and some of the major films of one of the most significant of EuropeanNational cinemas, through a selection of films which are available insub-titled versions in this country.

    • ​To give students an understanding ofthe range of Italian cinema, its influence on Europe as a whole, and its veryparticular nature (with a particular consideration to the strong divisionbetween the internationally influential ‘art-film’ production of the 1950s and1960s, and the generic popular films which brought in the domestic audience andhave recently begun to attract notice abroad).

    • ​To broaden students’ perceptions of‘European’ cinema, to give them a basis for comparison which they can use intheir other modules on this course.

    • ​To increase students’ analyticaltools and vocabulary with respect to different types of cultural production.

    • To increase students’ awareness ofthe social function of film (and cultural production in general) and the roleit plays both for its audience and (to some extent) in the intellectual life ofa culture in general.

    • ​To make students aware of possibleaspects of film culture which they may wish to explore further in their finalyear or during their year in Europe.

    • To increase students’ confidence inwritten and oral analysis and debate.

    Learning Outcomes

    A broad knowledge of the history ofItalian cinema so that students will be able both to compare it with otherEuropean cinemas and to assess current Italian films and issues in Italiancinema 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
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    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 course. ​ ·         To alert them to the conceptual links which film studies has with other theoretical fields.
    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.​

  • School of Histories, Languages and Cultures Volunteering and Experience Module 1 (HLAC211)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​1. To develop materials and/or undertake tasks within a practical or vocational context

    2. To apply within that context pedagogical and other theoretical or practical knowledge relevant to the development and delivery of those materials and/or tasks.

    3. To apply academic and/or theoretical knowledge within a practical context and to reflect and report on the relationship between the two.

    4. To develop and identify a range of personal/employability skills and to reflect and report on this.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students should be able to demonstrate an ability to develop materials and/or undertake tasks according to a given specification and requirement, within a practical or vocational context.

    ​Students should be able to reflect on and evaluate the efficacy of the materials developed and/or the tasks undertaken.

    ​Students should be able to identify the connection between academic and/or theoretical knowledge and its practical or vocational application.

    ​Students should be able to identify, reflect and report on a range of personal/employability skills.

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

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

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

    To introduce students totheoretical 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​

  • School of Histories, Languages and Cultures Volunteering and Experience Module 2 (HLAC212)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims​1. To develop materials and/or undertake tasks within a practical or vocational context2. To apply within that context pedagogical and other theoretical or practical knowledge relevant to thedevelopment and delivery of those materials and/or tasks.3. To apply academic and/or theoretical knowledge within a practical context and to reflect and report on the relationship between the two.4. To develop and identify a range of personal/employability skills and to reflect and report on this.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students should be able to demonstrate an ability to develop materials and/or undertake tasks, according to a given specification and requirement, within a practical or vocational context

    ​Students should be able to reflect on and evaluate the efficacy of the materials developed and/or the tasks undertaken

    ​Students should be able to identify the connection between academic and/or theoretical knowledge and its practical or vocational application

    ​Students should be able to identify, reflect and report on a range of personal/employability skills

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, is assessed by MODL215 and 216.

Pathway 2, work as an English-Language teaching assistant in an Italian speaking country, is assessed by either MODL219 or MODL224 (year-long assessments) or by a combination of MODL217 (semester 1) and MODL221 (Semester 2) or MODL220 (Semester 1) and MODL218 (Semester 2) depending on whether the student opts 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, is assessed by either MODL219 or MODL224 (year-long assessments) or by a combination of MODL217 (Semester 1) and MODL221 (Semester 2) or MODL220 (Semester 1) and MODL218 (Semester 2) depending on whether the student opts 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.

Semester 1

MODL215 – Year Abroad Erasmus Semester 1 (60 credits)
MODL217 – Placements Essay Semester 1 (60 credits)
MODL220 – Placements Portfolio Semester 1 (60 credits)

Semester 2

MODL216 – Year Abroad Erasmus Semester 2 (60 credits)
MODL218 – Placements Essay Semester 2 (60 credits)
MODL221 – Placements Portfolio Semester 2 (60 credits)

Whole Session

MODL219 – All Year Placements Essay (120 credits)
MODL224 – All Year Placements Portfolio (120 credits)

Year Three Compulsory Modules

  • Year Abroad Erasmus Semester 1 (MODL215)
    Level2
    Credit level60
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​By allowing students to study a semester abroad at university level, this module aims to provide them with the opportunity to significantly improve their skills in the target language.

    ​To provide students with the opportunity to follow content modules at university level in the target language that enhance their knowledge in areas of study relevant to their degree programme.

    To provide students with the opportunity to widen and consolidate their inter-cultural competence.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​When finishing MODL215, students will have successfully fulfilled the learning outcomes of the language and the content modules they have completed at their host university.

    ​By successfully adapting to the system of study at their host university, students will have demonstrated that they have acquired the academic skills and competence to study abroad.

    ​By successfully adapting to everyday life outside the UK, students will have demonstrated that they have acquired the inter-cultural competence to live abroad.

  • Placements Essay S1 (MODL217)
    Level2
    Credit level60
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of the YAPE is to give students the opportunity to carry out independent academic 

    research into a cultural, literary, linguistic or area studies topic of interest to them.

     

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    Learning Outcomes

    ​In completing their YAPE, students will have demonstrated the ability to 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 that subject area.

    ​Produce a written text, following scholarly conventions of referencing and bibliography.

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

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

    ​Organise the material gathered in the course of their research.

    ​Manage their time effectively and efficiently and plan a process of research, reading and writing over a period of about 4 months.

    ​Conduct independent research.

    ​Present a coherent argument in clear written prose.

  • Placements Portfolio S1 (MODL220)
    Level2
    Credit level60
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of the Portfolio is to give students the opportunity to reflect in 3 different 500-word Milestones on their personal development as well as on linguistic or cultural or political issues they come across at their placement. 


    Learning OutcomesTo explain the topics/issues selected for and examined in the Milestones.

    ​To explain the relevance of the materials used.

    ​To explain the analytical methods employed.

    ​To further expand on one of the linguistic, cultural or political topics/issues examined in the Milestones.

    ​To provide a summary of the results achieved in the Milestones.

    ​To provide self-critical reflections on the Milestones produced.

    ​To provide a summary of his or her personal development during the semester abroad.

    ​To explain in which particular ways feedback received from their supervisor on the Milestones has helped them in writing the Final Report.

  • Year Abroad Erasmus Semester 2 (MODL216)
    Level2
    Credit level60
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    • ​By allowing students to study a semester abroad at university level, this module aims to provide them with the opportunity to significantly improve their skills in the target language. .
    • ​To provide students with the opportunity to follow content modules at university level in the target language that enhance their knowledge in areas of study relevant to their degree programme.
    • ​To provide students with the opportunity to widen and consolidate their inter-cultural competence.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​When finishing MODL216, students will have successfully fulfilled the learning outcomes of the language and the content modules they have completed at their host university.

    ​By successfully adapting to the system of study at their host university, students will have demonstrated that they have acquired the academic skills and competence to study abroad.

    ​By successfully adapting to everyday life outside the UK, students will have demonstrated that they have acquired the inter-cultural competence to live abroad.

  • Year Abroad Erasmus Semester 2 (MODL216)
    Level2
    Credit level60
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    • ​By allowing students to study a semester abroad at university level, this module aims to provide them with the opportunity to significantly improve their skills in the target language. .
    • ​To provide students with the opportunity to follow content modules at university level in the target language that enhance their knowledge in areas of study relevant to their degree programme.
    • ​To provide students with the opportunity to widen and consolidate their inter-cultural competence.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​When finishing MODL216, students will have successfully fulfilled the learning outcomes of the language and the content modules they have completed at their host university.

    ​By successfully adapting to the system of study at their host university, students will have demonstrated that they have acquired the academic skills and competence to study abroad.

    ​By successfully adapting to everyday life outside the UK, students will have demonstrated that they have acquired the inter-cultural competence to live abroad.

  • Placements Essay S2 (MODL218)
    Level2
    Credit level60
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. The aim of the Project Essay is to give students the opportunity to carry out independent academic research into a cultural, literary, linguistic or area studies topic of interest to them.

    2. In their Project Essay, students are supposed to draw on and extend the skills and knowledge of relevant cultural, literary, linguistic or areas studies and theoretical debates and issues they have acquired at levels 1 and 2. Further details of the format of the Project Essay are provided in the Year Abroad Handbook: Guide to Assessment.

       

    Learning Outcomes

    ​In completing their Project Essay, students will have demonstrated the ability to 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.

    ​Produce a written text, following scholarly conventions of referencing and bibliography.

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

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

    ​Organise the material gathered in the course of their research.

    ​Manage their time effectively and efficiently and plan a process of research, reading and writing over a period of about 4 months.

    ​Conduct independent research.

    ​Present a coherent argument in clear written prose.

  • Placements Portfolio S2 (MODL221)
    Level2
    Credit level60
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​The aim of the Portfolio is to give students the opportunity to reflect in three 500-word Milestones on their personal development as well as on linguistic or cultural or political issues they come across at their placement.

    Learning Outcomes

    To explain the topics/issues selected for and examined in the Milestones.

    ​To explain the relevance of the materials used.

    ​To explain the analytical methods employed.

    ​To further expand on one of the linguistic, cultural or political topics/issues examined in the Milestones.

    ​To provide a summary of the results achieved in the Milestones.

    ​To provide self-critical reflections on the Milestones produced.

    ​To provide a summary of his or her personal development during the semester abroad.

    ​To explain in which particular ways feedback received from their supervisor on the Milestones has helped him or her in writing the Final Report.

  • All Year Placements Essay (MODL219)
    Level2
    Credit level120
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    • The aim of the YAPE is to give students the opportunity to carry out independent academic research into a cultural, literary, linguistic or area studies topic of interest to them.


      Learning Outcomes

      In completing their YAPE, students will have demonstrated the ability to 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.

      ​Produce a written text, following scholarly conventions of referencing and bibliography.

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

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

      ​Organise the material gathered in the course of their research.

      ​Manage their time effectively and efficiently and plan a process of research, reading and writing over a period of about 7 months.

      ​Conduct independent research.

      Present a coherent argument in clear written prose.

    • All Year Placements Portfolio (MODL224)
      Level2
      Credit level120
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
      • The aim of the Portfolio is to give students, in the course of the year abroad, the opportunity to reflect in 3 different 1,000-word Milestones on their personal development as well as on linguistic or cultural or political issues they come across at their placement

















      Learning Outcomes

      To explain the topics/issues selected for and examined in the Milestones.

      ​To explain the relevance of the materials used.

      ​To explain the analytical methods employed.

      ​To further expand on one of the linguistic, cultural or political topics/issues examined in the Milestones.

      ​To provide a summary of the results achieved in the Milestones.

      ​To provide self-critical reflections on the Milestones produced.

      ​To provide a summary of his or her personal development during the semester abroad.

      ​To explain in which particular ways feedback received from their supervisor on the Milestones has helped him or her in writing the Final Report.

    Programme Year Four

    Semester 1

    ITAL311 – Proficiency Italian 11 (15 credits) (Mandatory)
    ITAL320 - The Sociolinguistics of Contemporary Italy (15 credits) (Required)

    15 credits of optional modules

    Optional modules

    MODL320 - Mediterranean Connections (15 credits)
    MODL311 – Advanced Translation (15 credits)*

    Semester 2

    ITAL313 – Proficiency Italian 12 (15 credits) (Mandatory)
    ITAL321 – Italian Crime Fiction and Film (15 credits) (Required)

    15 credits of optional modules

    Optional modules

    FILM302 – Aspects of Cinematic Realism (15 credits)
    MODL304 - Terror Remembered (15 credits)
    MODL312 – Translation Project* 

    Whole session

    MODL307 – Dissertation (30 credits) (Required)

    *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 Fiction and Film (ITAL321)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims
      • To introduce and broaden the students’ perceptions of Italian crime fiction and film
      • ​To introduce a variety of theoretical and critical approaches (mainly in narratology and film studies) and considers how the different sources can relate to each other and to society.
      • To explore and analyse a variety of sources (crime novels, comics, films, TV series and programmes).
      • To make students aware of possible aspects of Italian crime 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 forms of media 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 and oral 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, Linguistic or Area Studies topic of interest to them.
      • ​To draw on and extend the skills and knowledge of relevant Cultural, Literary, Linguistic, Area Studies and theoretical debates and issues 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, 3 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, Linguistic, Area Studies 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.​

    • Aspects of Cinematic Realism (FILM302)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims

       The module will introduce students to the theoretical and practicalimplications of the realist aesthetic as it has been interpreted at different timesand places in the history of film.

      Using this central concept as a base, the module aims to make studentsaware of the evolution of critical and theoretical approaches to film, itsfunction and its mode of operation, from classical film criticism, through thesemiotically-based analyses of the sixties and seventies, to more recentconcentration on spectatorship and audience reception.

      The module aims to encourage a critical evaluation of realism as aconcept and of particular film-texts in the light of the theory underlyingtheir production ​

      The module aims to equip students with skills to engage in carefultextual analysis and to assess comparatively how different stylistic choicesmediate audience engagement with the reality that is notionally represented .

      At final-year level this module aims to enable students to work ata level of some theoretical sophistication and to show ability to relatecomplex general ideas to particular instances ​

         

      Learning Outcomes

      Familiarity with key concepts in film theory and ability to handle themwith relation to specific texts.

      An awareness of the critical and practical debates which have beenengaged in Europe around the artistic potential and the vocational function ofcinema, ability to assess the various positions critically and to formulaterigorous arguments to explain the student''s own position.

      Understanding of the various compleximplications of an apparently simple concept.

      Ability to express ideas succinctlyand to carry out independent textual (visual) analysis.​

    • Terror Remembered: Representing Traumatic Histories in Latin America, Europe and China (MODL304)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
      1. 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 carefully select an appropriate text for translation and justify this selection.

      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%.