Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitItalian Studies
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Raffaele Lampugnani


Previously coded ITA4070


The unit will consist of two seminars per week (two hours each). 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 this 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 in Italian: 15%
End-of-semester specialized culture assignment 2 (1000 words) in English or in 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)

Contact hours

One 2-hour culture workshop per week
One 2-hour language workshop per week


Italian Studies 6