A major in 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.
Students who wish to major in Italian Studies must take at least 36 senior credit points from both language and specialist units. The 36 senior credit points normally include: either (a) 18 credit points of senior language acquisition units and 18 senior credit points of specialist units for students who entered as beginners; or (b) 12 credit points of senior language acquisition units and 24 senior credit points of specialist units for students who entered with prior study of Italian. Students with very advanced Italian language competence, as established by the department, must choose their units in consultation with the Chair of the Department.
Sydney Arts and Social Sciences graduates work in government departments at all levels, and major private sector consultancies and corporations, locally and overseas. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.
Further study for major
Eligible candidates may proceed to an Honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.
Related subject areas
Art History, European Studies