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Unit Overview


This unit follows on from ITAL2404 Italian Studies 4 or ITAL2204 Italian Intermediate II. Students develop proficiency in spoken and written Italian and deepen their understanding of Italian society and culture. The unit leads to ITAL3406 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) reach Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the ITLNB Italian Studies major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) communicate in written Italian with accuracy and fluency; (2) converse in Italian with fluency and accuracy on contemporary themes; (3) discuss modern Italian texts, and relate them to their social and historical context.This requires students to read and understand.; (4) demonstrate an enhanced awareness of the structures and use of the English language; (5) engage effectively in interpersonal communication; and (6) attain a level of B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Marinella Caruso
Unit rules
ITAL2404 Italian Studies 4
or ITAL2204 Italian Intermediate II
ITAL3305 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.