Italian Studies


Italian Studies is designed to develop the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in the target language, standard Italian, along with the analytical and critical skills necessary to pursue studies in all areas in which the department has special competence. These encompass Italian literary history and criticism, philology, literary culture of the 14th and 16th centuries (Middle Ages and the Renaissance), literary culture of the 19th century, 20th century literature and society in European context, Italian language studies, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, and language teaching methodologies.

The honours year

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) year provides students who have qualified for, or been awarded, an undergraduate pass degree in the arts or humanities the opportunity to extend their potential in research. Students may continue to work in the area of their undergraduate study or undertake research in a different area.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) focuses on establishing your individual research practise, further equipping you for employment or entry into the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Workload and assessment

Honours in Italian Studies consists of a thesis of 18000-20000 words and 6000-8000 words of written work, or its equivalent, for each seminar. Each of the two seminars meets weekly for 3 hours, for one semester. The thesis is worth 60% of the final mark, and each seminar is worth 20%. While you will receive marks for all pieces of assessment, your academic transcripts will record only your final, overall Honours mark.

Related subject areas

Art History, European Studies

Our courses that offer this honours subject area