Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Annamaria Pagliaro


Previously coded ITA3070


The unit will consist of two seminars per week. The seminar on culture will provide an introduction to the Nineteenth Century through a broad overview of Italian Unification and the literary production of that period. The language seminar will focus on practical language acquisition through oral practice and the use of written, aural and audiovisual materials representing selected situations and registers. The thematic areas covered in the culture seminars will form the basis for some reading comprehension, writing and discussion covered in the language component and students will be invited to reflect on the expressions of such themes in contemporary society.


Upon successful completion of the unit students will have further developed the four macro skills with specific emphasis on reading and writing, and gained a broad overview Italian socio-political history leading to Italian Unification and the literary production of that period. In the cultural component, students should gain an understanding of the interrelationship between literary production and ideology of the period covered. Students should also have familiarised themselves with textual analysis and different types of narrative constructs. In the language component, students are expected to consolidate and expand their knowledge of basic grammatical concepts and vocabulary. They are also expected to reach communicative competence on topics relating to socio-political issues, national identity, personal aspirations, gender construction from past to present.


Mid-semester Specialized Culture Assignment 1 (1000 words) in English or Italian: 15%
End-of-semester Specialized Culture Assignment 2 (1000 words) in English or Italian: 15%
Continuous assessment (class work, vocab and grammar tests and homework exercises): equivalent of 1500 words in English: 40%
Examination equivalent of 1000 words in English: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Annamaria Pagliaro

Contact hours

4 hours (one 2-hour culture workshop and one 2-hour language workshop) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Italian studies


ATS2226 or ATS3226


ATS1227 or ATS2227 or ATS4248