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2021/22 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Italian

Programme code:BA-ITALUCAS code:R305
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Alessio Baldini Contact address:a.baldini@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

A-level: ABB to AAA Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level including Italian and grade A in the EPQ. English language requirements IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications. International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme.

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:

Programme specification:

The programme will provide an Italian offer which is:
1. inclusive and able to accommodate students with different kinds of past life and learning experiences;
2. flexible in allowing students on LCS programmes but also from across the institution to have more opportunities to include languages in their curriculum; (this can also be seen as widening the language provision of Languages for All which currently does not offer an intermediate or advanced level in Italian).
3. consistent with the evidence-based measure of language competence provided by the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFRL), which is widely used internationally to map language proficiency;
4. competitive with the other leading higher education institutions.

The programme will provide the opportunity to develop a high standard of Italian language in listening, speaking, reading and writing for both absolute beginners and those with previous knowledge of Italian (students with formal study, including GSCE and A levels, but also non standard life experiences thanks to family heritage, informal study, and living abroad). There will be two language routes in Year 1: one starting at CEFRL levels A1 (which corresponds to absolute beginners) and the other at CEFRL B1 (which is for students with prior knowledge). The two language routes will remain separate at Level 2, with the post-beginners module (3 hours per week) covering B1 and B2, and the post-advanced module (2 hours per week) covering B2. After the Year Abroad, the two language routes will be completely blended in in an organically co-taught module corresponding to CEFRL C1-C2 (advanced: reaching near native-speaker level).

The expertise is carefully tailored to be both accessible and challenging at every level, for example the Advanced group will be taught in Italian from Year 1 and the students will consolidate and enhance their B1 level through independent projects which include audio-visual activities as well as creating their own video. This principles of flexibility and inclusivity are already in place in our content modules (see, as an example, the new Level 1 module ITAL1020-ITAL1025 which is co-taught but exists in a version for absolute beginners with texts in translation and another with texts in Italian). Our programme will then offer the students, of any level and competence, the opportunity to experience 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 through which students will reflect and expand the intercultural competence gained during the year or the term spent in Italy.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

All students must take the following compulsory modules:

ITAL1034Art and Literature in Medieval and Renaissance Italy: An Introduction10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ITAL1040Italy from Fascism to the Present10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Students who have no previous knowledge of Italian are required to study the following modules:

ITAL1025Exploring Italy: Introduction to Italian Culture and Society (Beginners)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ITAL1030Beginners Italian 120 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ITAL1035Beginners Italian 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Students who have prior knowledge of Italian are required to study the following modules:

ITAL1010Italian Language A20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ITAL1020Exploring Italy: Introduction to Italian Culture and Society (Advanced)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students who have taken ITAL1030 and ITAL1035 must take 20 credits from the following optional modules:

Students who have taken ITAL1010 and ITAL1020 must take 40 credits from the following optional modules:

MODL1050Introduction to Audio-Visual Culture20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1060Language: Structure and Sound20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL1070World Histories20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1090Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL1100Politics, Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1150Worlds of Literature20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL1401Discourse, Culture and Identity20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Students are required to take 20 credits of Discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Students who took ITAL1030 and ITAL1035 in Year 1 will be required to study the following module:

ITAL2016Italian Language B20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students who took ITAL1010 in Year 1 will be required to study the following module:

ITAL2015Italian Language A20 creditsNot running in 202122

All students will be required to take 80 credits from the following optional modules:

ITAL2023Introduction to Dante's Comedy20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ITAL2025Linguistic Variety in Modern Italy20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ITAL2090Power, Pain and Beauty: Introduction to the Art and Literature of the Italian Renaissance20 creditsNot running in 202122
ITAL2200Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ITAL2300Italy: Regions, Identities and Nation20 creditsNot running in 202122
MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL2015Black Europe20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students may also choose to study the below module, as long as they are not already enrolled onto Linguists into Schools.

FOAH2020Towards the Future: Skills in Context20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

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

Students are required to study 20 credits of Discovery modules.


Year3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Students will spend this year of their programme in Italy.

Students are required to study the following compulsory module. Please note that the appropriate level 2 language modules must be passed in order to progress to the Year Abroad.

ITAL9001Year Abroad in Italy120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:


Year4 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

All students must take the following compulsory module:

ITAL3010Italian Language 320 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Students are required to study ONE of the following Final Year Project modules:

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students are required to study 40 credits from the following optional modules:

ITAL3330Tangles, Traps and Labyrinths in the Italian Novel: Gadda and Calvino20 creditsNot running in 202122
ITAL3400Made in Italy. Italian for Business20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3630Social Movements across Cultures20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Students are required to take 20 credits of Discovery modules.

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