Major Overview

Description

Italian Studies involves the study of the Italian language as well as its culture. As a language, Italian is rewarding to study—opening up the riches of Italy's cultural past and the fascination of its dynamic present. It is the most widely spoken language in Australia after English because of the ongoing migrant, intellectual, cultural and commercial links between Australia and Italy. The Italian Studies major teaches you high levels of competency in speaking, writing, listening and reading. It also offers a wide perspective on Italian culture, considering not only the culture and history of Italy itself but also Italian-speaking communities around the world including Australia. We offer this major at all levels to challenge and engage you throughout your studies—from beginners through to native speakers. You will also be encouraged to enhance your educational experience by participating in exchange programs in Italy at approved universities such as Siena, Milan or Perugia.

This major is taken by beginners. It is incompatible with a pass in WACE Italian: Second Language ITA2A/2B or higher.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) show competence in the Italian language in the four macroskills of language acquisition—reading, writing, listening and speaking—rated according to the Common European Framework for Languages; (2) interact confidently and successfully in situations involving Italian cultural conventions; (3) interpret Italian language texts—written, audio, visual—in the light of Italian culture and society; and (4) move with accuracy and skill between the English and Italian languages and cultures.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Incompatibilities

WACE Italian ITA 2A/2B or higher.

Courses

ITLNB Italian Studies can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2022

Note:Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 ITAL1401 Italian Studies 1
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
WACE Italian ITA 2A/2B
or
higher; ITAL1101 Italian Beginners I
S2 ITAL1402 Italian Studies 2
Prerequisites:
ITAL1401 Italian Studies 1
or
ITAL1101 Italian Beginners 1
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ITAL1102 Italian Beginners II

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ITAL2403 Italian Studies 3
Prerequisites:
ITAL1402 Italian Studies 2
or
ITAL1102 Italian Beginners 2
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ITAL2203 Italian Intermediate I
S2 ITAL2404 Italian Studies 4
Prerequisites:
ITAL2403 Italian Studies 3
or
ITAL2203 Italian Intermediate 1
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ITAL2204 Italian Intermediate II
S1 ITAL2811 Italian Culture in Word and Image: from the Middle Ages to the Risorgimento
Prerequisites:
ITAL1402 Italian Studies 2
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ITAL2226 Linguistic History of Italy; ITAL2227 Sociolinguistics of Modern Italy; ITAL2228 Italian and Migration; ITAL1403 Italian Studies 3 ; ITAL1404 Italian Studies 4 ; ITAL1405 Italian Studies 5; ITAL1406 Italian Studies 6

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ITAL3405 Italian Studies 5
Prerequisites:
ITAL2404 Italian Studies 4
or
ITAL2204 Italian Intermediate II
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ITAL3305 Italian Advanced I
S2 ITAL3406 Italian Studies 6
Prerequisites:
ITAL3405 Italian Studies 5
or
ITAL3305 Italian Advanced I
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ITAL3306 Italian Advanced II
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A ITAL3815 Linguistic History of Italy
Prerequisites:
ITAL2404 Italian Studies 4
or
ITAL2204 Italian Intermediate II
or
ITAL2406 Italian Studies 6
or
ITAL2206 Italian Advanced II
or
ITAL2408 Italian Studies 8
or
ITAL2208 Italian Advanced IV
or
approval of Convener;
and
ITAL2811 Italian Culture in Word and Image: from the Middle Ages to the Risorgimento (formerly ITAL2811 Italian Studies 11)
or
ITAL2812 The Shape of Italian: Communicating Between Worlds (formerly ITAL2812 Italian Studies 12)
or
ITAL2820
or
ITAL2821
or
ITAL2822
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ITAL2226 Linguistic History of Italy
S2 ITAL3816 Dante's Divine Comedy: a medieval masterpiece for the modern world
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 Italian unit
or
approval of Convener
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 ITAL3817 Modern Italy in Film
Prerequisites:
Any Level 2 Italian unit
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil