ITAL3813 Italian and Migration

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the ITLNB Italian Studies; ITLNI Italian Studies; ITLNA Italian Studies major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 3 elective
This unit explores the dynamics of language use in a migratory context, with a partucular focus on the Australian context. The unit analyses the repertoire of the Italian community in Australia, covering post-war migrants and their descendants, and documents the processes of attrition which Italian is undergoing. It also examines aspects related to the acquisition of Italian by migrants in Italy and the link between language, identity and culture.
Students are able to (1) analyse the major characteristics of the plurilingualism of the Italian community in Australia, and of migrant communities in Italy; (2) apply theoretical models to the study of language contact in a migratory context; (3) analyse the acquisition of Italian as a second language by migrants in Italy; (4) situate major migratory events in Italy and Australia, within their historical contexts; and (5) express themselves with accuracy and fluency in spoken and written Italian to the Level B2/C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) tests; (2) contribution ; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Marinella Caruso
Unit rules
ITAL2404 Italian Studies 4
ITAL2204 Italian Intermediate II
ITAL2406 Italian Studies 6
ITAL2206 Italian Advanced II
ITAL2408 Italian Studies 8
ITAL2208 Italian Advanced IV
approval of Convener;
ITAL2811 Italian Culture in Word and Image: from the Middle Ages to the Risorgimento (formerly ITAL2811 Italian Studies 11)
ITAL2812 The Shape of Italian: Communicating Between Worlds (formerly ITAL2812 Italian Studies 12)
ITAL2228 Italian and Migration
Contact hours
lectures: 2 x 1 hour per week (over 10 weeks); Practical Classes: 1 x 1 hour per week (over 10 weeks)
Unit Outline
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.