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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Italian B and Portuguese

Programme code:BA-ITB&PORTUCAS code:
Duration:5 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Caroline Summers Contact address:c.summers@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 605

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:
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/subject-benchmark-statements/sbs-languages-cultures-and-societies-15.pdf?sfvrsn=2098f781_12

Programme specification:

The programme will:

- Allow students to study the disciplines of Italian and Portuguese to the same depth as Single Honours students of the disciplines, but with less breadth in each. This means that Joint Honours students will normally be required to take compulsory and a subset of the optional modules that are also part of the corresponding Single Honours degree programmes (where applicable) and that they will be assessed on those modules using criteria identical to those applied to Single Honours students. Joint Honours students will reach the same levels of fluency and accuracy in their target language(s) as Single Honours students.
- At Level One, allow students the flexibility to extend their intercultural and interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, EITHER by means of a 'cornerstone' module, exploring a particular aspect of the field of modern languages and cultures with reference to a range of global cultures, OR by studying a further language.
- At Levels Two and Three, allow students to choose, within certain parameters, optional modules from the full range available within each discipline, and thereby devise pathways of their own choosing.
- Require students to undertake two Years Abroad between Levels Two and Three: a year in Italy and a year in a Portuguese-speaking country.
- Allow students the option at Level Three of undertaking an autonomous research project in either discipline, potentially linking the two disciplines by bringing knowledge and understanding gained in one discipline to bear in the other.
- Require students to acquire the flexibility of mind and variety of learning techniques needed to switch between the two disciplines.
- Provide a basis for further advanced study in either Italian or Portuguese, or in a cognate interdisciplinary area.
- Have the flexibility to allow students to change programme upon successful completion of Level One, subject to approval. It is normally possible to switch from Joint Honours Italian & Portuguese into Single Honours Italian.


Year1 - View timetable

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

In Level 1 students must study 120-125 credits. Students are required to take 60 credits in Italian and 60 credits in Portuguese.

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 creditsSemester 1
ITAL1035Beginners Italian 220 creditsSemester 2
SPPO1035Introduction to Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese Speaking Africa20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO1080Portuguese Language for Beginners 1A20 creditsSemester 1
SPPO1081Portuguese Language for Beginners 1B20 creditsSemester 2

NB. Students with prior knowledge of Portuguese may, at the discretion of the programme manager, substitute SPPO1083 (40 credits) for SPPO1080 and SPPO1081 (40 credits).

Optional modules:


Year2 - View timetable

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

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in each of their main subjects. Of the remaining credits, 20 credits should be taken in one of the named subjects; the final 20 credits may be taken as discovery modules or in either of the named subjects.

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:

Candildates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ITAL2016Italian Language B20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2090Portuguese Language Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

NB. Students who have completed SPPO1083 and have performed exceptionally well in that module, may, at the discretion of the programme manager, take MODL2001/5 Linguists into Schools and teach Portuguese in a local school, instead of taking SPPO2090/1.

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 20 and up to 60 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

- Students wishing to choose MODL2001 as one of their Italian options must take a minimum of 60 credits in Italian in level 2 including ITAL2016.
- Not all modules will be available every year.

Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 20 and up to 60 credits from the following optional modules:

FOAR2000Research Placement20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2020Film and Literature in the Portuguese-speaking World20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2410Culture and Society in the Portuguese-Speaking World20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- Students wishing to choose MODL2001 as one of their Portuguese options must take a minimum of 60 credits in Portuguese in level 2 including SPPO2090.
- FOAR2000 can only be counted as a Portuguese module if the project undertaken relates to Portuguese and you have sought prior approval of the Programme Manager.
- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.


Year3 - View timetable

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

The candidate will spend the third and fourth years of the programme in Italy and Portugal/Brazil.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study one of the following modules:

ITAL9001Year Abroad in Italy120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO9001Spanish/Portuguese Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year4 - View timetable

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

The candidate will spend the third and fourth years of the programme in Italy and Portugal/Brazil.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study one of the following modules:

ITAL9001Year Abroad in Italy120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO9001Spanish/Portuguese Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year5 - View timetable

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

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in each of their main subjects, including at least 20 credits as a Final Year Project module which can be taken in and count towards either of the named subjects.. Any remaining credits can be taken in either of the named subjects or as discovery modules. However, a maximum of 20 credits of discovery modules may be taken in Level 3. 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 modules:

ITAL3010Italian Language 320 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO3110Advanced Portuguese Language20 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 20 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.

Candidates will be required to study at least 20 credits from the following optional modules:

MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO3361The Regulation of Sexuality in Iberia and Latin America20 creditsSemester 2
SPPO3690New Media in Latin America20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO3700Sao Paulo, Lisboa, Maputo: Urban Realities and Representations in the Portuguese Speaking World20 creditsSemester 1

- Students wishing to choose MODL3800 as one of their Portuguese options must take a minimum of 60 credits in Portuguese in the final year including SPPO3110.
- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.

Last updated: 15/11/2019

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