ATS3228 - Italian studies advanced 2 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Italian Studies


Dr Annamaria Pagliaro

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit requires a language entry level testlanguage entry level test (


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.


Within semester assessment: 70% + Exam: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


ATS3227 or equivalent language competence


ATS2228, ATS4249