Italian Studies

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Prerequisites have changed for the following unit. They now read:

ITLN3999 Interdisciplinary Impact P 30 credit points in Italian Studies

30/1/2019

Italian Studies

The rules below are for the introductory language acquisition pathway. Please see the Subject Area page on the left for information on how to achieve the major at a higher level.

Major

A major in Italian Studies requires 48 credit points from this table, including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level language units of study *
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level language units of study
(iii) 6 credit points of 2000-level culture units of study
(iv) 12 credit points of 3000-level language units of study
(v) 6 credit points of 3000-level Interdisciplinary Project units

Minor

A minor in Italian Studies requires 36 credit points from this table, including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level language units of study *
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level language units of study
(iii) 6 credit points of 2000-level culture units of study
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level language unit of study
* Appropriate language units are assessed either by language level and grade therein achieved in Higher School Certificate or International Baccalaureate, and/or by one-on-one interviews prior to commencement.

1000 level units of study

ITLN1611 Italian 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July,Semester 1 Classes: 4x1hr seminars/week Prohibitions: ITLN1201 or ITLN1301 or ITLN1401 or ITLN1621 or ITLN1631 or ITLN1101 or HSC Italian Beginners or HSC Italian Continuers or HSC Italian Extension Assessment: seminar participation (10%), 3x200wd written assignments (10%), 1x800wd class test (20%), 2x200wd quiz (5%), 3x300wd aural/oral tests (20%), 1x1000wd Reading and writing test (20%) 1x800wd grammar test (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: A student who is qualified to enter a higher level course may not enrol in a lower level course. Students who have taken Beginners HSC Italian proceed to ITLN2611; students who have taken Continuers and / or Extension HSC Italian proceed to ITLN2631. Students who have any formal training or previous knowledge of Italian from other sources are required to identify themselves to the department as soon as possible.
This unit of study is for absolute beginners with no previous knowledge of the language. It introduces students to the main structures of the Italian language and the basic vocabulary to communicate successfully in everyday situations. All four language skills are developed, with a particular focus on grammatical accuracy.
ITLN1612 Italian 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN1611 Prohibitions: ITLN1202 or ITLN1302 or ITLN1402 or ITLN1632 or ITLN1102 Assessment: seminar participation (10%), 3x200wd written assignments (10%), 1x800wd class test (20%), 2x200wd quiz (5%), 3x300wd aural/oral tests (20%), 1x1000wd reading/writing test (20%) 1x800wd grammar test (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit builds on the competence acquired in ITLN1611. Students are introduced to more complex grammatical structures, extend their vocabulary and ability to communicate in everyday situations, and further develop their reading ability through a range of different texts.

2000 level units of study

Language
ITLN2611 Italian 3

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr seminar/week Prerequisites: ITLN1612 or HSC Italian Beginners or IB Ab Initio Prohibitions: ITLN2101 or ITLN2201 or ITLN2301 or ITLN2631 Assessment: 4xequivalent to 1000wds total written assignments (10%), 2xequivalent to 2000wd language tests (45%), 1xequivalent to 800wds final grammar test (10%), 3x50min (equivalent to 700wds total) aural/oral tests (25%), seminar participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study activates and consolidates the principal structures of the language and introduces complex structures, providing a variety of activities to suit most learning styles. It offers an up-to-date image of Italian life and culture and opportunities to discuss cross-cultural issues.
ITLN2612 Italian 4

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN2611 Prohibitions: ITLN2202 or ITLN2302 or ITLN2632 Assessment: 4xequivalent to 1000wds total written assignments (10%), 2xequivalent to 2000wds total language tests (45%), 1xequivalent to 800wds final grammar test (10%), 3x50min total (equivalent to 700wds) aural/oral tests (25%), seminar participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study consolidates and expands both receptive and productive skills through a variety of learning tasks, to be carried out individually and/or in group. It aims at fluency and accuracy and it fosters independent learning.
ITLN2631 Italian 5

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: HSC Italian Continuers Prohibitions: ITLN2611 or ITLN2201 or ITLN2101 or ITLN2301 Assessment: Seminar participation (10%), Written assignments (equivalent to 1000wd) (15%), 2x1000wd language tests (35%), 2x250wd grammar tests (20%), 2x10 minute aural/oral tests (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study provides consolidation in and activation of all four language skills, with a particular emphasis on speaking and writing. It offers an up-to-date image of Italian society and opportunities to discuss cross-cultural issues. Reflection on the language system aims at introducing complex structures, developing awareness at syntactic level and self-awareness about individual language performance.
ITLN2632 Italian 6

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN2631 or ITLN2201 or ITLN2301 Prohibitions: ITLN2612 or ITLN2202 or ITLN2302 Assessment: Seminar participation (10%), 4x250wd written assignments (15%), 2x500wd language tests (25%), 2x250wd grammar tests (20%), 1x10min oral presentation (10%), 2x500wd aural/oral tests (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study builds on the competence acquired in ITLN2631 and further develops the four language skills within the cultural context of contemporary Italy. It aims at fostering both fluency and accuracy as well as independent learning skills.
Culture
ITLN2001 Introduction to Italian Culture (Online)

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July,Semester 1 Classes: Online unit - 26 online hours Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Italian Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in any Table A subject area of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies. Assessment: 5x 200wds online discussion (20%), 1x 1000wd online test (20%), 1x 2500wd project (essay or case study) (40%), 1x 1500wd project presentation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This online unit is a broad-based introduction to the culture and society of Italy, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Students will study major cultural, social and political trends, events, debates and personalities which help place aspects of Italian culture in their historical perspective through fiction, films, essays, newspaper articles, and television. The sources and meanings of national symbols, monuments, myths and manifestoes are also explored.
ITLN2002 Love in Italian Culture

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr seminar per week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Italian Studies Assessment: 1x 1500wd 1 presentation (25%), 1x 1500wd 1 research bibliography (25%), 1x 3000wd 1 final essay (40%), x class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What is love? Italian authors throughout the centuries have provided many different interpretations. Drawing upon major works of Italian literature, this unit will explore a range of texts from the Middle Ages through to the 19th century that deal with love, its cultural and social contexts. The texts will be considered within the context of the visual culture of the time.
ICLS2626 Words and Pictures across Cultures

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/ week Prerequisites: At least 12 Junior credit points in any of the following: Arabic Studies, Chinese Studies, English, European Studies, French Studies, Germanic Studies, Modern Hebrew, Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Modern Greek & Byzantine Studies, Spanish & Latin American Studies, Art History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in ICLS or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Italian Studies Prohibitions: ICLS2002 Assessment: 1xClass presentation (equivalent to 1000wds) (10%), 2x2500wd Essays (2x45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This Unit will look at the interaction of literature and visual and performance arts in different countries in the 19th and 20th centuries. How do these art forms draw upon each other to represent and frame society and culture, and how does this influence our reading of them? These questions will be examined through examples from literature, theatre, painting, dance, photography, cinema and/or mixed media, and movements such as orientalism, realism, symbolism, modernism, postmodernism, pop art and abstract expressionism.

3000 level units of study

Language
ITLN3611 Italian 7

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN2612 Prohibitions: ITLN3631 or ITLN3201 or ITLN3301 Assessment: Seminar participation (10%), Written assignments (equivalent to 1000wd) (10%), 1x10 minute Oral Presentation (15%), 2x750wd language tests (30%), 2x250wd grammar test (15%), 2xaural/oral tests (50 minute total) (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study furthers competence in all aspects of the language, with a particular focus on advanced reading and writing skills. It deals with different aspects of Italian contemporary society through a variety of text types and levels of formality, encouraging cross-cultural appreciation and discussion.
ITLN3612 Italian 8

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN3611 Prohibitions: ITLN3202 or ITLN3302 Assessment: Seminar participation (10%), 3x250wd written assignments (15%), 2x750wd language tests (25%), 2x250wd grammar tests (15%), 1x10min oral presentation (15%), 2x375wd aural/oral tests (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study offers opportunities for advanced and carefully planned language practice. It aims to develop the student's linguistic awareness and to reflect on the Italian language system as a whole, while dealing with different aspects of Italian contemporary society and culture.
ITLN3631 Italian 9

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN2632 Prohibitions: ITLN3611 or ITLN3301 or ITLN3201 Assessment: Seminar participation (10%), Written assignments (equivalent to 1000wd) (15%), 1x10 minute Oral Presentation (10%), 2x750wd language tests (35%), 2x250wd grammar test (15%), 2x aural/oral tests (30 minutes total) (15%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study furthers competence in all aspects of the language, with a particular focus on the discourse level and on advanced reading and writing skills. It deals with different aspects of Italian contemporary society through a variety of text types and levels of formality.
Culture
ITLN3403 19th-century Italy: Writers and Society

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points in Italian Studies Assessment: 1x1500wd class test (30%), 1x3500wd Essay (50%), 1xClass presentation (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What did inspire Italian writers in the nineteenth century? This course explores the dynamic relationship between canonical and non-canonical literary texts and the fascinating period from which they emerged. Students will be introduced to ideas (romanticism, nationalism, realism) and their influence in the nineteenth-century Italian literary and cultural production. Particular attention will be paid to the post-unification period and to texts which reflected the cultural dimension of the new Italy. This unit will be taught in English.
ITLN3601 Made in Italy: Language at Work

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr seminar/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: ITLN3631 or ITLN3612 or ITLN3687 or ITLN3688 Assessment: 1x1000wd Oral Presentation (20%), 1x1000wd In-class test (30%), 1x2500wd Report (40%), Tutorial Participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Would you like to work for the Italian fashion or the Italian food industry? This unit will introduce you to the socio-cultural context, practices and language that characterise various Italian industries. You will also become familiar with selected Italian worksites operating in Sydney through visits and guest speakers. The unit is conducted in Italian.
ITLN3662 Machiavelli and Renaissance Italy

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 6 Senior credit points in any of European Studies, European or Middle Eastern or Classical Languages or Studies or Asian Studies or Government or History or Ancient History or Philosophy or Studies in Religion or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Italian Studies or History Assessment: 1x1000wd research bibliography (10%), 1x3500wd research essay (35%), 2x500wd total short answer tests (30%), 1x1000wd class presentation (15%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit studies Machiavelli as a political strategist, writer, philosopher and observer of his time. Discussion of his and other Renaissance authors' works will demonstrate the social and cultural conditions of literary production, the ideas and debates surrounding philosophy and politics, and topics including sexuality, ethics, the self, and the classical tradition during the Italian Renaissance.
ITLN3667 Images of Contemporary Italy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Giorgia Alù Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr seminar/week, 1x1-hr lecture/week Prerequisites: ITLN1612 or ITLN1632 or ITLN1102 or ITLN1202 or ITLN1302 or HSC Italian Continuers or Beginners Assessment: 2xessays (3500wd) (55%), 1xtake home assignment (1000wd) (20%), 1xoral presentation (equivalent to 1500wd) (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students will be introduced to a selection of twentieth-century Italian written and visual 'texts' (in particular films), and to aspects of the political, social and cultural developments which constitute their context. This unit of study will use a combination of lecturing, student presentations and group discussions. Students will be encouraged to develop a thorough critical understanding of the selected texts and a sound knowledge of and sensitivity towards the major social, political and cultural issues which have contributed to the identity of contemporary Italy.
ITLN3668 Issues of Language and Society in Italy

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: ITLN1612 or ITLN1632 or ITLN1202 or ITLN1302 or ITLN2611 or ITLN2631 Assessment: 1x tutorial presentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%), 1x1500wd tutorial test (25%), 2x250wd quiz (10%), 1x2500wd essay (35%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will introduce students to current debates on language and language usage in contemporary Italy, and in particular on the changing nature of the country's multilingualism under the influence of various factors. The language impact of immigration, the decline of historical minorities, the position of dialects and Italy's role in the European Union are some of the topics that will be explored.
ITLN3679 Filming Fiction: The Italian Experience

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: ITLN1612, or HSC Italian Beginners, HSC Italian Continuers Prohibitions: ITLN3706 Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%), 1xOral Presentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%), Written assignments (equivalent to 2000wds) (30%), 1x2500wd final Essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
An examination of the relationship between Italian cinema and fiction. Do they speak a common language? Do they employ comparable techniques? Who copies whom? This unit investigates these and other questions by analysing the adaptation of selected contemporary Italian novels into film.
ITLN3685 Linguistic Issues in Migration

This unit of study is not available in 2019

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN2611 or ITLN2612 or ITLN2631 or ITLN2632 or ITLN3611 or ITLN3612 or ITLN3631 Prohibitions: ITLN3754 Assessment: Seminar participation (10%), 1xOral Presentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%), 1x1500wd class test (20%), 3xTake-home assignments (equivalent to 1000wds in total) (20%), 1x2000wd final Essay (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study examines the main linguistic phenomena that occur in the contact between majority and minority languages in a context of migration, using the Italo-Australian community as a case.
ITLN3688 Advanced Italian: Translation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN3612 or ITLN3631 or ITLN3202 or ITLN3301 Prohibitions: ITLN3402 Assessment: Written assignments equivalent to 2000wds (30%), 1xOral Presentation equivalent to 1000wds (15%), 2x1500wd class tests (55%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is concerned with translating and interpreting from and into Italian, exploring modes, techniques and genres.
ITLN3691 History of Italian Literature

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Italian Studies Prohibitions: ITLN2902 Assessment: 1xTutorial presentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%), 1x1500wd Essay (20%), 1x3000wd Essay (40%), Tutorial participation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is strongly recommended for intending Exchange students.
This unit provides students with a survey of Italian literature from its earliest origins up to the present day. Through analysis of influential texts and images in their historical context, students will gain a sound knowledge of major figures, works, and movements of one of the richest and most influential intellectual traditions in the world.
ITLN3694 Dante and the Middle Ages

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 6 credit points at 2000 level in at least one of the following: Italian Studies, or European Studies or European or Middle Eastern or Classical Languages or Studies or Asian Studies or History or Ancient History or Philosophy or Studies in Religion. Assessment: 1x500wd research bibliography (10%), 1x2500wd research essay (35%), 4x1000wds total short answer tests (30%), 1x500wd class presentation (15%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit studies Dante's Divine Comedy as an enduring work of poetry, a major text of the European literary tradition, and the most comprehensive synthesis of Medieval culture. We will look at how literature works in relation to the language and the rhetorical tradition in which it is expressed on the one hand, and, on the other, the historical, philosophical and theological cultures it expresses and interprets.

Interdisciplinary unit

FASS3999 Interdisciplinary Impact

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1hr lecture/performance event week for 5 weeks 2hr workshop per week for 10 weeks 2hr online learning modules for 5 weeks Prerequisites: 18 credit points at 2000 level Assessment: 1x 2000 wds equivalent Mapping knowledge exercise (30%), 1x 10 minutes Collaborative Presentation (30%), 1x 2000 wds equivalent Critical reflection essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Interdisciplinarity is a key skill in fostering agility in life and work. This unit provides learning experiences that build students' skills, knowledge and understanding of the application of their disciplinary background to interdisciplinary contexts. In this unit, students will work in teams and develop interdisciplinarity skills through problem-based learning projects responding to 'real world problems'.

Honours

Honours in Italian Studies requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 4000-level seminar units
(ii) 36 credit points of 4000-level thesis units

Honours seminar units

ITLN4113 Theories and Methods in Italian Studies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week. Assessment: 1x 1500wd seminar presentation (25%), 1x 1500wd commentary piece (25%), 1x 3000wd research paper (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This Unit introduces students to the skills required to pursue research in Italian Studies, in the cultural, literary and linguistic fields. Students will practise critical thinking, evaluating, analysing and interpreting sources in the original language.
ITLN4114 Tradition and Innovation in Italy

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr tutorial/week Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%), 1x 2000wd presentation (30%), 1x 4000wd final essay (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces students to socio-cultural, literary and sociolinguistic movements and authors that characterised crucial periods of Italian history and changed Italian society profoundly, in particular the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Risorgimento, and post-WWII Italy. The unit aims to broaden students' understanding of the scope and diversity in Italian Studies. It enables them to deepen and further pursue knowledge in their specific field of interest.

Honours thesis units

ITLN4111 Italian Studies Honours Thesis 1

Credit points: 18 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 x half-hour supervision meetings/semester, on average. Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit you begin a substantial, independent research project in Italian Studies. Regular meetings with a supervisor approved by the Italian Studies Honours Coordinator will guide your progress. You will develop a plan for researching and writing the thesis, submit an ethics application if appropriate, familiarize yourself with disciplinary conventions and standards, engage with relevant literature, theories and methodologies, and submit drafts at agreed times.
ITLN4112 Italian Studies Honours Thesis 2

Credit points: 18 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7 x half-hour supervision meetings/semester, on average. Assessment: 1x 18000-20000wd Thesis (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
In this unit you complete and submit your substantial, independent research project in Italian Studies. Regular meetings with a supervisor approved by the Italian Studies Honours Coordinator will guide your progress. You will continue to submit drafts at agreed times, and develop your expertise in relevant research methods and analytical skills as well as in the subject matter of your specialist topic.

Advanced coursework

The requirements for advanced coursework in Italian Studies are described in the degree resolutions for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies
24-36 credit points of advanced study will be included in the table for 2019.