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2021/22 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Italian B and Portuguese

Programme code:BA-ITB&PORTUCAS code:
Duration:5 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Maria Garcia Florenciano Contact address:M.GarciaFlorenciano@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 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 (Sep to Jun)
ITAL1030Beginners Italian 120 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ITAL1035Beginners Italian 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SPPO1035Introduction to Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese Speaking Africa20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO1080Portuguese Language for Beginners 1A20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SPPO1081Portuguese Language for Beginners 1B20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Students with prior knowledge of Portuguese may, subject to a placement test, study the more advanced language module SPPO1083 instead of SPPO1080 and SPPO1081.

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.

Compulsory modules:

Candildates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ITAL2016Italian Language B20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO2090Portuguese Language Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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 (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)

- 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:

MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO2020Film and Literature in the Portuguese-speaking World20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO2412Culture and Society in the Portuguese-Speaking World20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

- 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.

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.


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 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO9001Spanish/Portuguese Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)


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 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO9001Spanish/Portuguese Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)


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.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ITAL3010Italian Language 320 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO3110Advanced Portuguese Language20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates 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)

Candidates who choose to complete their Final Year Project in Portuguese will be required to choose at least 20 credits from the options below.

ITAL3310'Giocare al Romanzo': Italo Calvino and the Novel, from Neorealism to Postmodern20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ITAL3330Tangles, Traps and Labyrinths in the Italian Novel: Gadda and Calvino20 creditsNot running in 202122
ITAL3370Dark Italy: Italian Crime Fiction20 creditsNot running in 202122
ITAL3375A Year With 366 Days: A Journey Through Petrarch's Canzoniere20 creditsNot running in 202122
ITAL3400Made in Italy. Italian for Business20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Candidates who choose to complete their Final Year Project in Italian will be required to choose at least 20 credits from the options below:

MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO3361The Regulation of Sexuality in Iberia and Latin America20 creditsNot running in 202122
SPPO3690New Media in Latin America20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO3701Urban Realities and Representations in the Portuguese Speaking World20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

- 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.

The following modules can be taken in and count towards either Italian or Portuguese credits. Students may choose to study up to 40 credits from the modules below instead of ITAL/SPPO optional modules.

MODL3410Contemporary World Literature20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
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:

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: 11/10/2021 17:07:14

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