Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Italian studies focus on the study of Italian literature, history, language and linguistics, Renaissance culture and literature, women's studies, cinema studies, and social and linguistic issues connected with Italian migration to Australia.

Italian studies staff can provide supervision of research candidates in the areas of:

  • 19th and 20th-century Italian literature
  • Italian women's studies
  • Italian theatre and cinema studies
  • Italian migration studies
  • Renaissance culture and literature.


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Students complete 48 points comprising coursework units (24 points) and a thesis (24 points).


Students chose one of the following options:

  • ATS4245 Italian honours dissertation (24 points)
  • ATS4246 Italian honours dissertation Part 1(12 points) and ATS4247 Italian honours dissertation Part 2 (12 points)

Coursework units

Students complete units to the value of 24 points chosen from:

  • APG4250 Italian encounters: Translation, literature and cultural identity
  • ATS4233 Italian studies 9
  • ATS4234 Italian studies 10
  • ATS4239 Women in Italy: Representations and realities
  • ATS4241 Italian theatre from Goldoni to Fo
  • ATS4242 Tradurre/Tradire: Italian literary translation
  • ATS4243 The Italian experience in Australia
  • ATS4244 Dante
  • ATS4248 Italian studies 7
  • ATS4249 Italian studies 8
  • ATS4250 Italian encounters: Translation, literature and cultural identity
  • ATS4251 Special reading course (Italian studies)
  • ATS4252 Special reading course Part 1
  • ATS4253 Special reading course Part 2
  • ATS4254 Language study abroad program
  • ATS4255 Language study abroad program 4/2

Coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the Italian studies honours coordinator.

Course coordinator

Mr Raffaele Lampugnani

Master of Arts by Research and Coursework

The entry below only details the coursework component of this degree. For all requirements including the research/thesis component refer to the full course entry at

This program will enable students to focus their studies around a research thesis in Italian studies. The coursework component is designed to encourage the theoretical issues and practical application relating to Italian studies to broaden and deepen the students understanding of this discipline, thereby providing a fuller appreciation of the context in which the research project will be conceptualised.


Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • APG5250 Italian encounters: Translation, literature and cultural identity
  • APG5649 Global modernities: Experiences of modernity
  • APG5652 Managing intercultural communication
  • APG5688 Directed reading in translation studies
  • APG5874 Technology and translation
  • APG5876 Theoretical issues in literary and cultural translation
  • APG5877 Research project in translation/interpreting studies
  • APG5878 Dissertation in translation/interpreting

Students may also take other fifth-year units in related areas with the approval of the course co-ordinator, e.g. comparative literature and cultural studies, linguistics, or European and international studies.

Course coordinator

Dr Simon West

Further courses

For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 2846 Master of Arts by research and coursework
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.