Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitItalian Studies
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Annamaria Pagliaro


Previously coded ITA3080


The unit integrates two components: Language 50% and Culture 50%. The unit consolidates and extends the language work done in ATS3227. The workshop on culture will provide an introduction to the second half of the Nineteenth Century. 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 of socio-political history relating to post-unification Italy and the literary production of that period. In the culture 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 comprehend a range of authentic texts and produce descriptive and argumentative compositions in Italian. They are also expected to reach communicative competence on topics relating the culture component and be able to discuss the literary texts studied.


Continuous assessment assignments: 40%
Class tests (written, aural and oral work): 30%
Examination: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

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


ATS3227 or equivalent language competence


ATS2228, ATS4249