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2024/25 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Modern Languages and Philosophy (Italian) For students entering from September 2024 onwards

Programme code:BAML/IT&PH-RUCAS code:
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Maria Chiara La Sala Contact address:m.c.lasala@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

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:

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

The programme will meet the QAA Benchmarks defined for Languages, Cultures and Societies outlined here:

https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/sbs/sbs-languages-cultures-and-societies-23.pdf?sfvrsn=3c71a881_10
The programme will meet the QAA Benchmarks defined for Philosophy outlined here
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/subject-benchmark-statements/subject-benchmark-statement-philosophy.pdf


Programme specification:

The information on this page is accurate for students entering the programme from September 2024. For students who entered the programme before September 2024, you can find the details of your programme:

BA Modern Languages and Philosophy (Italian)

On this Joint Honours course, you'll combine Philosophy with your chosen language.

On the philosophy side of your degree, your first year will introduce you to topics such as moral philosophy and the history of western philosophy, and you will learn to construct and analyse philosophical arguments.

You will be expected to maintain a balance over a few key areas of philosophy such as value philosophy, the history of philosophy, or theoretical philosophy (such as theories of knowledge and being).
You will also be able to specialise in topics that interest you through optional modules such as feminist philosophy, ancient philosophy, continental philosophy, and philosophy of language. Some of these philosophy modules are undergoing revision, but the list below will give you a flavour of what is likely to be available on this course.

Whether you’re starting your language from beginners’ level, or with prior knowledge, you’ll reach a professional standard in your chosen language through intensive learning practice and year abroad. Depending on the language that you are studying, you will spend either Year 2 or Year 3 in a country where your chosen language is spoken.

If you are taking your language as a beginner, you'll focus on building up quickly your language skills through your compulsory language modules. If you're an advanced learner, your compulsory language module will allow you to consolidate and broaden your language skills.

You will complement your language studies by exploring the cultures and societies of the countries where your chosen language is spoken as well as other countries around the world, choosing from a range of topics, including literature, cinema, popular culture, history, and politics.

In your final year, you will be able to choose to take your Final Year Project either with philosophy or with your chosen language. Depending on your choice of Final Year Project, you'll also have the flexibility to choose from a range of more specialised philosophy or cultural modules to deepen your knowledge.

You can enhance your professional language skills through modules on translation, interpreting or languages for business.

Combining rigorous thinking with communication and professional skills, this degree prepares you for an international career in many sectors.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules

ITAL1025Exploring Italy: Introduction to Italian Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PHIL1260How To Do Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Students will be required to study ONE of the following modules

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)

Students will be required to study at least ONE of the following modules:

PHIL1080The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL1090Knowledge, Self and Reality20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Route A

Students with prior knowledge of Italian (B1 of the CEFR or equivalent) will be required to study the following module:

ITAL1015Intermediate Italian (B1 of the CEFR)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Route B
Students with no prior knowledge of Italian will be required to study the following modules:

ITAL1030Beginners Italian (A1 of the CEFR)20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ITAL1032Lower Intermediate Italian (A2+ of the CEFR)20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Route A
Students taking ITAL1015 may take up to 20 credits of the following lists of optional modules (EITHER from Basket 1 OR from Basket 2).
Basket 1

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)

Basket 2

PHIL1005The Mind10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL1007Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL1015Thinking About Race10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL1022Philosophy Meets the World10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Students taking ITAL1015 may take up to 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

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

We are currently refreshing our courses to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full module details for years 2 and 4 are not yet available. Before you enter years 2 and 4 details of modules for those years will be provided.

Optional modules:

Students will be required to study 40 credits and may study up to 60 credits from the following optional modules:

PHIL2615How Do You Know? Topics in Epistemology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2631God, Thought and the World: Topics in Philosophy of Religion20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2906Do the Right Thing: Topics in Moral Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL2915How to Live Together: Topics in Political Philosophy20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL2925Reality Check: Topics in Metaphysics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Route A
Students who took ITAL1015 in Year 1 (post A-level route) will be required to study the following module:

ITAL2015Italian Language A20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Route B
Students who took ITAL1030 and ITAL1032 in Year 1 will be required to study the following module:

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

All students will be required to study at least 20 credits and may study up to 40 credits from the following optional modules:

FILM2202Screening Italy: Neorealist cinema to Netflix20 creditsNot running in 202425
ITAL2023Introduction to Dante's Comedy20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ITAL2025Linguistic Variety in Modern Italy20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
ITAL2500Modern Italian Identities Across Cultures20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

All students may study up to 20 credits from the following optional modules:

MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL2015Black Europe20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL2070Reception, Transmission and Translation: The Global Circulation of Literature20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL2075Global Environmental Humanities20 creditsNot running in 202425
MODL2250Digital Communications Across Cultures20 creditsNot running in 202425

Discovery modules:

Students may choose to take 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules

MODL9500LCS Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)


Year4 - View timetable

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

We are currently refreshing our courses to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full module details for year 4 are not yet available. Before you enter year 4 full details of modules for that year will be provided.

Compulsory modules:

Students are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in each subject. Overall, students must take 100 credits across their two subjects. All students must take 40 credits as a Final Year Project module, which can be taken in - and count towards - either of their two subjects.

Students will be required to study the following compulsory module

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

Optional modules:

Students will be 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 Documentary (Podcast)40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PRHS3000Independent Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PRHS3001Integrated Research Project in Philosophy, Religion or History of Science40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students who take their FYP in Italian are required to take a minimum of 40 credits from the following lists of optional modules (from EITHER Basket 1 OR Basket 2).
Students who take their FYP in Philosophy may take up to 40 credits from the following lists of optional modules (from EITHER Basket 1 OR Basket 2).
Basket 1

PHIL3310Philosophy of Sex and Relationships20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHIL3723War, Terror and Justice20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Basket 2
- Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art - 20 credits

PHIL3125Continental Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3700Feminist Philosophy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHIL3855Philosophical Issues in Technology20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Students who take their FYP in Philosophy are required to take a minimum of 20 credits and may take up to 40 credits from the following list of optional modules Students who take their FYP in Italian may take up to 20 credits from the following list of optional modules:

ITAL3200‘Femminismi’. Theories and practices of gender in the Italian context20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ITAL3400Made in Italy. Italian for Business20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Students may choose to take 20 credits from the following list of optional modules.

MODL3200Representing the Holocaust: Transgression and the Taboo20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3410Contemporary World Literature20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsNot running in 202425
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3630Social Movements across Cultures20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL3650Minoritised Languages, Dialects and Cultures from Past to Present20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Students may choose to take 20 credits of discovery modules.

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