ITAL1403 Italian Studies 3

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the ITLNI Italian Studies major sequence
  • 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 1 elective
This unit is designed for students with WACE Italian (Level 2 or 3) or equivalent knowledge of the language. It develops the students' ability to communicate in Italian by providing intensive practice in oral and written language, and enriches the students' understanding of the culture of modern Italy. The unit leads to ITAL1404 Italian Studies 4.

The academic objectives of the unit are to (1) develop skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the Italian language; (2) develop skills in reading written and visual texts relating to contemporary Italy with reference to their social and historical context; (3) acquire knowledge of aspects of Italian culture; (4) increase awareness of the structure and use of the English language; (5) develop independent learning skills; and (6) develop interpersonal communication skills in spoken and written Italian and English.
Students are able to (1) have a degree of competency in spoken and written Italian that enables them to be confident users of the language in most situations they are likely to encounter in everyday life; (2) produce a narrative text (oral and written) using basic temporal structures and refer to future events using appropriate verb tenses; (3) describe, make comparisons, suggestions and requests; (4) read and comprehend texts from contemporary literary and non-literary sources; (5) have an increased awareness of how language works in general (metalinguistic skills); (6) have an understanding of certain historical, social and cultural aspects of Italian society; (7) have interpersonal communication skills including the ability to work effectively in pairs and small groups; (8) work independently; and (9) have reached Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) assignments; and (3) 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)
Francesca Ori
Unit rules
ATAR ISL Italian:Second Language or WACE Italian ITA 2A/2B or 3A/3B or equivalent; or approval of Convener of Italian. Students assessed by the discipline as near native speakers are not suitable for this unit.
ITAL1103 Italian Intermediate I
Contact hours
Language classes: 3 hours per week (over 12 weeks). Language classes involve a mix of formal instruction by the tutor, group work on linguistic and cultural topics, class discussions and role plays.
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]

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

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.