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ITA4000 - Honours Dissertation

24 points, SCA Band 1, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Susanna Scarparo


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


A dissertation of approximately 15,000-18,000 words based on individual research, supervised by a member of staff with expertise in the proposed area of research, on one aspect of Italian language, literature or civilisation. It is expected that students will choose the topic as early as possible and begin during the summer vacation. An outline of at least 500 words must be submitted by 1 May, and a first draft of 5000 words by the beginning of second semester. The dissertation, written in Italian or in English, should be submitted by 1 November.


Upon completion of their dissertation students should develop research skills which include:

  1. The ability to define the aims of a research project, formulating research questions and structuring them into a coherent argument.
  2. The ability to define their research project's theoretical framework,establishing links between the project and previous ones, if they exist.
  3. The ability to conduct focused reading.
  4. The ability to develop relevant bibliographies, examining the sources critically.
  5. The ability to develop advanced academic writing skills.


Assessment Written (15-18,000 words): 100%


48 points in Italian Studies - average of 70% or more in 3 units taken at third-year level and one of second-year level.