ITAL2811 Italian Culture in Word and Image: from the Middle Ages to the Risorgimento

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the ITLNB 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 2 elective
This unit is designed for second-year students in the Beginners stream. It develops Italian language skills, focussing particularly on oral and written expression and vocabulary extension.

The unit introduces students to the major cultural movements in Italy from the Middle Ages to the Risorgimento. Students study selected texts and works of art. Students learn to situate these texts and artworks in their historical and cultural contexts, and speak and write about them in Italian.
Students are able to (1) analyse works of art in their historical context; (2) engage in discussions and class presentations in spoken Italian to Level B1 standard (CEFR) ; (3) read texts from a variety of historical periods and relate them to their geographical, historical and cultural contexts; and (4) read and write the Italian language at Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation (and written version) on selected artist; (2) weekly vocabulary diary; and (3) online tests. 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
ITAL1402 Italian Studies 2
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
Contact hours
lectures: 1 x 1 hour per week (over 10 weeks); tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per week (over 10 weeks)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.