Italian Studies

Italian Studies

ITLN1611 Introductory Italian 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Giorgia Alù Session: Semester 1 Classes: 4x1-hr seminars/week Prohibitions: ITLN1101, ITLN1201, ITLN1301, ITLN1621, ITLN1631 Assessment: seminar participation (10%), written assignments (equivalent to 1000wd) (10%), 1x1000wd class test (20%), 2xaural/oral tests (30 minutes total) (25%), 1x2-hr final exam (35%)
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 Introductory Italian 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Giorgia Alu Session: Semester 2 Classes: 4x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN1611 or ITLN1101 Prohibitions: ITLN1102, ITLN1202, ITLN1302, ITLN1632 Assessment: class participation (10%), written assignments (equivalent to 1000wd) (10%), 1x1000wd class test (25%), 2xaural/oral tests (30 minutes total) (20%), 1x2-hr final exam (35%)
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.
ITLN2611 Intermediate Italian 3

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: ITLN1612, ITLN1102 or HSC Italian Beginners Prohibitions: ITLN2631, ITLN2101, ITLN2201, ITLN2301 Assessment: class participation (10%), written assignments (equivalent to 1000wd) (10%), 2x1000wd language tests (35%), 2x250wd grammar tests (20%), 3xaural/oral tests (50 minutes total) (25%)
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 Intermediate Italian 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Maria Cristina Mauceri Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN2611 or ITLN2101 Prohibitions: ITLN2632, ITLN2202, ITLN2302 Assessment: class participation (10%), written assignments (equivalent to 1000wd) (10%), 2x750wd language tests (35%), 1x10 minute oral presentation (10%), 2x250wd grammar tests (15%), 3xaural/oral tests (50 minutes total) (20%)
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 Senior Italian 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Giorgia Alù Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN1632, ITLN1202, ITLN1302 or HSC Continuers Prohibitions: ITLN2611, ITLN2201, ITLN2101, ITLN2301 Assessment: class participation (10%), written assignments (equivalent to 1000wd) (15%), 2x1000wd language tests (35%), 2x250wd grammar tests (20%), 2x10 minute aural/oral tests (20%)
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 Senior Italian 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Giorgia Alù Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN2631, ITLN2201 or ITLN2301 Prohibitions: ITLN2612, ITLN2202, ITLN2302 Assessment: class participation (10%), written assignments (equivalent to 1000wd) (10%), 2x750wd language tests (30%), 2x250wd grammar tests (20%), 1x10 minute oral presentation (10%), 2xaural/oral tests (30 minutes total) (20%)
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.
ITLN3403 19th-century Italy: Writers and Society

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Giorgia Alu Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points from Italian Studies Assessment: 1x1500wd class test (30%), 1x3500wd essay (50%), 1xclass presentation (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%)
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.
ITLN3611 Senior Italian 5

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN2612 or ITLN2202 Prohibitions: ITLN3631, ITLN3201, ITLN3301 Assessment: class 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%)
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 Senior Italian 6

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr M. Cristina Mauceri Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN3611 or ITLN3201 Prohibitions: ITLN3202, ITLN3302 Assessment: class 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%)
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 Senior Italian 7

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Antonia Rubino Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN2632 or ITLN2302 Prohibitions: ITLN3611, ITLN3301, ITLN3201 Assessment: class participation (10%), written assignments (equivalent to 1000wd) (15%), 1x10 minute oral presentation (10%), 2x750wd language tests (35%), 2x250wd grammar test (15%), 2xaural/oral tests (30 minutes total) (15%)
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.
ITLN3662 Machiavelli and Renaissance Italy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Francesco Borghesi Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr seminar/week, 1x1-hr lecture/week Prerequisites: 12 senior credit points from Italian Studies Assessment: 1xtutorial presentation (equivalent to 1500wd) (20%), 1xtutorial test (equivalent to 1500wd) (30%), 1x3000wd essay (40%), tutorial participation (10%)
This unit studies Machiavelli as a political strategist, writer, philosopher and observer of his time. Discussion of his and other authors' works will enlighten 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 Renaissance. This approach aims to provide historical grounding for important issues in contemporary culture. This unit will be taught in English.
ITLN3668 Issues of Language and Society in Italy

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Antonia Rubino Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: One of ITLN1612, ITLN1632, ITLN1202, ITLN1302, ITLN2611, ITLN2631 Assessment: 1xtutorial presentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%), 1xtutorial test (equivalent to 1500wds) (30%), 1xfinal essay (equivalent to 3000wds) (40%), tutorial participation (10%)
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

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Giorgia Alù Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: ITLN1612 or HSC Italian Assessment: tutorial participation (10%), 1xoral presentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%), written assignments (equivalent to 2000wds) (30%), 1x2500wd final essay (40%)
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.
ITLN3682 Fiction of Youth

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Maria Cristina Mauceri Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN1612 or ITLN2611 or ITLN2612 or ITLN2631 or ITLN2632 or ITLN3611 or ITLN3612 or ITLN3631 Prohibitions: ITLN3763 Assessment: tutorial participation (10%), 1xoral presentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%), 2x1000wd written class tests (15% each), 1x2500wd essay (40%)
This unit (conducted in Italian) examines a range of Italian novels from the second half of the twentieth century whose authors or protagonists are young. We will conduct a literary analysis of the texts, considering aspects such as genre, viewpoint and style. Furthermore, we will study specific topics related to the themes of youth, paying attention to the historical and social background of the text.
ITLN3685 Linguistic Issues in Migration

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Antonia Rubino Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr 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%)
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.
ITLN3687 Focus on Writing in Italian

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Antonia Rubino Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: One of (ITLN3631, ITLN3612, ITLN3301, ITLN3202 or ITLN3611) Prohibitions: ITLN3401 Assessment: class participation (15%), written assignments (equivalent to 3500wds) (40%), 1xpresentation (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%), 1x1500wd class test (25%)
This unit of study is designed specifically for students with advanced knowledge of Italian. Students will analyse and produce written texts of varying text types and writing techniques. They will also focus on specific strategies for written communication.
ITLN3688 Advanced Italian: Translation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Giorgia Alù Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr seminars/week Prerequisites: One of ITLN3612, ITLN3631, ITLN3202, ITLN3301 Prohibitions: ITLN3402 Assessment: written assignments (equivalent to 2000wds) (30%), 1xoral presentation (equivalent to 1000wds) (15%), 2x1500wd class tests (55%)
This unit of study is concerned with translating and interpreting from and into Italian, exploring modes, techniques and genres.
ITLN3691 Italian Literature: 1200-1860

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Francesco Borghesi Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: ITLN1612 or ITLN2611 or ITLN2612 or ITLN2631 or ITLN2632 or ITLN3611 or ITLN3612 or ITLN3631 Prohibitions: ITLN2902 Assessment: 1xtutorial presentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%), 1x1500wd essay (20%), 1x3000wd essay (40%), tutorial participation (20%)
Note: This unit is strongly recommended for intending Exchange students.
This unit deals with the literary cultures of Italy before it became a unified state. It analyses regional diversity while emphasising linguistic similarities. It addresses the paradox of a unique cultural and artistic civilization paralleled by a dramatically fragmented political system. 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 intellectual traditions in the world.
ITLN4011 Italian Honours A

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Giorgia Alù Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Two seminars that meet weekly for two hours a week. Prerequisites: 48 senior credit points in Italian Studies with a credit average or better, including completion of the major and the special entry unit ITLN3691. Assessment: A thesis of 18000-20000 words and 6000-8000 words of written work or its equivalent for each seminar.
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The Honours program in Italian Studies consists of:
1. a thesis written under the supervision of one or more academic staff
2. 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%.
The following seminars are on offer in 2014:
Sem 1: Medieval and Renaissance Italian Culture (Dr Francesco Borghesi)
Sem 2: Rebellion and innovation in narrative: from the Sixties to the Nineties (Dr Giorgia Alù and Dr Maria Cristina Mauceri)
For more information, contact Dr Giorgia Alu, Honours coordinator.
ITLN4012 Italian Honours B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: ITLN4011
Refer to ITLN4011
ITLN4013 Italian Honours C

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: ITLN4012
Refer to ITLN4011
ITLN4014 Italian Honours D

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: ITLN4013
Refer to ITLN4011