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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Italian B

Programme code:BA-IT/BUCAS code:R305
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Chiara La Sala Contact address:M.C.LaSala@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 485

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit: Coursefinder

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages, Cultures and Societies:
Languages, Cultures and Societies

Programme specification:

The programme will provide the opportunity to develop a high standard of Italian language in listening, speaking, reading and writing, taught ab initio. It also offers the student expertise in Italian culture in a broad sense, including not only a core of language and of literary texts (medieval, Renaissance, nineteenth-century and modern) but also a choice of topics such as Italian history and society, art, cinema, politics and the mass media.

This expertise is carefully tailored to be both accessible and challenging at every level, giving undergraduates a larger selection of options as they become familiar with the subject area. Final-year students are offered one of the largest ranges of options in Italian departments in the country. The programme uses a wide variety of innovative teaching methods, including the integration of IT into learning, in order to enable students to enjoy and profit from their study, as well as prepare for the world of work.

Students will learn how to exercise and train their critical intelligence, their ability to organize and deploy facts and opinions and their communication skills in both oral and written form. The ability to study independently and develop interpersonal skills, such as team working, is fostered at every level.

In addition, students gain the opportunity to strengthen and consolidate these skills and to attain a high degree of intercultural competence during the year spent in Italy, often on a Socrates placement. Our graduates go on to pursue a wide range of careers or further study, well equipped for lifelong learning.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 1 students must study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ITAL1025Exploring Italy: Introduction to Italian Culture and Society (Beginners)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ITAL1030Beginners Italian 120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ITAL1035Beginners Italian 220 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ITAL1040Italy from Fascism to the Present10 creditsSemester 1
ITAL1094Fictions of Fascism (B): Watching the Detectives10 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits of discovery modules. Candidates may not choose FLTU Italian modules.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

ITAL2016Italian Language B20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 80 and 100 credits from the following optional modules:

ITAL2023Introduction to Dante's Comedy20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ITAL2025Linguistic Variety in Modern Italy20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ITAL2090Power, Pain and Beauty: Introduction to the Art and Literature of the Italian Renaissance20 creditsNot running in 201920
ITAL2200Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ITAL2300Italy: Regions, Identities and Nation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules. Candidates may not choose FLTU Italian modules.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will spend the third year of the programme in Italy.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to follow the following compulsory module:

ITAL9001Year Abroad in Italy120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Finalists may only take level 1 modules which are listed as discovery skills modules (skd) and only to the value of 20 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

ITAL3010Italian Language 320 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study ONE of the following Final Year Project modules.

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3310Final Year Project: Extended Essay20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3320Final Year Project: Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates will be required to study at least 60 credits from the following optional modules:

ITAL3310'Giocare al Romanzo': Italo Calvino and the Novel, from Neorealism to Postmodern20 creditsSemester 1
ITAL3370Dark Italy: Italian Crime Fiction20 creditsSemester 2
ITAL3375A Year With 366 Days: A Journey Through Petrarch's Canzoniere20 creditsNot running in 201920
ITAL3400Made in Italy. Italian for Business20 creditsSemester 1
ITAL3450Family Novels: Life Stories, Gender and Social Change in Modern Italy20 creditsNot running in 201920

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules. Candidates may not choose FLTU Italian modules.

Last updated: 06/09/2019

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