UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ITAL3409 Italian Studies 9

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the ITLNA Italian Studies major sequence
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Science students
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit follows on from ITAL2408 Italian Studies 8 or ITAL2208 Italian Advanced IV. Students further develop advanced skills in oral and written Italian and further deepen their understanding of Italian society and culture. The unit leads to ITAL3410 Italian Studies 10. The unit focuses on translation as a method of language acquisition at advanced levels and as a skill in its own right. Students translate texts representing a diversity of genre, content and style from Italian into English and English into Italian. Through exposure to texts from a very wide range of sources and genres and from different historical periods, students further refine their advanced knowledge of the Italian language concentrating on subtleties of register and pragmatics, as well as on advanced aspects of syntax. Students who pass this unit have reached Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Outcomes Students are able to (1) read Italian texts from the thirteenth century to the present with advanced understanding of their 'linguistic' and 'cultural' meanings; (2) write in Italian with nuanced modes of expression in syntactic and lexical choices; (3) understand spoken Italian, in face-to-face and media-mediated situations, with accurate understanding of content and register; (4) express themselves in Italian with accuracy and fluency and in the appropriate register; (5) analyse and manipulate grammatical structures of Italian using a contrastive approach with English; (6) produce accurate translations from English into Italian and Italian into English taking into account the dimension of register; (7) integrate their language awareness with higher sociocultural knowledge by reading literary texts; (8) use contemporary texts, both in print and digital media, with critical assessment; and (9) use high-level interpersonal and intercultural conversational skills and; and (10) have reached Level C1 of the CEFR.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) take-home assignments; (2) class tests; and (3) class contribution and participation. 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) Associate Professor John Kinder
Unit rules
Prerequisites: ITAL2408 Italian Studies 8 or ITAL2208 Italian Advanced IV
Incompatibility: ITAL3309 Italian Advanced V
Contact hours language classes: 3 hours per week (over 13 weeks)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ITAL3409/SEM-1/2017
Texts

Lists of texts are available from the European Languages and Studies web page.


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