Honours in Italian Studies
‘Honours’ is an intensive year-long program of advanced study with research at its centre. The Honours year enables students to engage with the subject of their major in depth by undertaking research of their own, under the supervision of an expert in the their field. It is possible to undertake Honours part-time or to do Joint Honours, please speak with the Honours Coordinator for more details.
For some students, Honours is the culmination of their formal education while for other students, Honours is the first step on the path to careers as professional researchers and academics. Many staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences find Honours teaching the most rewarding part of their job.
o qualify for honours, students must have completed 48 senior credit points of Italian Studies with a Credit average or above. As part of this requirement, you would normally include ITLN3691 Italian Literature: 1200-1860. Admission to this unit is based on an average mark of Credit average or above in previous Italian Units. The honours program consists of seminar courses on specific areas of Italian Studies and a thesis on a topic chosen by the student in consultation with the department.
Students whose bachelor's degree was undertaken at another university, or students who completed their bachelor's degrees at the University of Sydney more than two years ago should contact the Honours Coordinator to discuss whether the classes they have taken are equivalent to these prerequisites.
Please note: from 2015 the minimum requirement for entry into Honours will increase to an average of 70% or above across 48 senior credit points in the intended subject area/s.
The Honours program in Italian Studies consists of:
- a thesis written under the supervision of one or more academic staff
- two seminars that meet weekly for two hours per week for one semester.
The thesis should be of 18000-20000 words in length. Each seminar requires 6000-8000 words of written work or its equivalent. The thesis is worth 60% of the final Honours mark and each of the seminars is worth 20%. While you will receive marks for all pieces of assessment, your academic transcripts will record only your final, overall Honours mark.
The following seminars are on offer in 2014:
- Medieval and Renaissance Italian Culture (Dr Francesco Borghesi) Semester 1
- Rebellion and innovation in narrative: from the Sixties to the Nineties (Dr Giorgia Alù and Dr Maria Cristina Mauceri) Semester 2
The honours thesis constitutes an original piece of research and writing in a field that is supervised by a member of staff. It amounts to 18000-20000 words of writing, and must demonstrate both a command of a wide range of secondary source material in Italian, as well as a command of a particular disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach to the topic of the research.
In the first instance, students should contact the Honours Coordinator to discuss their preferred field of Honours study. The Chair of the Department will then be able to suggest the most appropriate member of staff within the department to supervise the Thesis. The list below, whilst not exhaustive, gives an idea of the areas of interest of staff from the Department.
Dr Giorgia Alù supervises research in contemporary Italian literature, culture and society, literature and cinema, language and translation.
Dr Francesco Borghesi supervises research in Italian literature, philology, philosophy and history of ideas.
Dr Cristina Mauceri supervises research in Italian contemporary literature, culture and society, Italian language and culture, Italophone migrant literature.
Dr Antonia Rubino supervises research in Italian sociolinguistics, language and migration, language contact and bilingualism/multilingualism, Italian language.
In the first instance you should discuss your intention to apply for Honours with the Honours Coordinator. Students will enrol in ITLN4011, 4012, 4013 and 4014. These, however, are merely generic or ‘shell’ units for your coursework component.
Enrolments are completed online. Go to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Honours webpage for further information on Honours and on the online enrolment application procedure.
The Honours Coordinator can answer any queries relating to the Honours program.