ITAL1405 Italian Studies 5

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the ITLNA Italian Studies major sequence
  • Level 1 elective
This is the first unit in the near-native Italian major (MJD-ITLNA). Students develop proficiency in spoken and written Italian and deepen their understanding of Italian society and culture. The unit leads to ITAL1406 Italian Studies 6.

The academic objectives of the unit are to (1) further improve reading and writing skills in Italian; (2) develop fluency and accuracy in conversing in Italian; (3) develop the ability to read and understand literary and non-literary texts in Italian from the nineteenth century to the present; (4) increase intercultural understanding; (5) increase awareness of the structures and use of the English language; (6) improve interpersonal communication skills in spoken and written Italian and English; and (7) attain Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Students are able to (1) read and write in Italian with accuracy and fluency; (2) converse in Italian with fluency and accuracy on contemporary themes; (3) read and understand modern Italian texts, and to relate them to their social and historical context; (4) have an enhanced awareness of the structures and use of the English language; (5) engage effectively in interpersonal communication; and (6) reach Level B1 of the CEFR.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class presentations and written summaries; (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
approval of Convener
ITAL1105 Italian Advanced I
Contact hours
language classes: 3 hours per week (over 12 weeks, involves a mix of formal instruction by the tutor, class discussions, group work on linguistic and cultural topics, and presentations)

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

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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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.