• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Italian
  • Areas of interest European Languages
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

The course is an introduction to Italy’s diplomacy, institutions and role in the international community (UN, EU and other international organizations) and the formal language used in these fields. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts underlying the structure of the modern Italian state, (internal structures and external relations). Internal structures (forms of government, the public service) will be studied through an analysis of the language used in formal documents such as contracts and the Constitution.  The main differences between Statute Law (Italy) and Common Law (Australia) will be explained. Discussion of external relations will include the Italian diplomatic service, its role abroad, and the rules and language of protocol.

The language section of the course will give the students a comprehensive introduction to and understanding of formal legal, administrative and business Italian

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of this course, you should be able to

  1. listen, read and comprehend diplomatic texts in Italian;
  2. produce brief diplomatic letters and other texts requiring a basic knowledge of Italian grammar;
  3. use Italian in formal settings/situations, according to level of entry;
  4. research and present brief commentaries, in Italian for intermediate and advanced level students, in English for Introductory Italian level students, about diplomatic and law concepts - themes: the work of an embassy, the diplomatic career, the constitution, common law, statute law;
  5. identify issues in diplomatic relations and develop general skills required to pursue a career in this field of the public service.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Develop and enact roleplay within a set scenario – outcomes 2,3,5 – weight 30%   OR Individual oral presentation on a given topic - – outcomes 2,3,5 – weight 30%
  2. Essay on one of the topics of the lectures, 2000 words – outcomes 1, 4, 5 – weight 40%
  3. Grammar and lexicon related quizzes – outcomes 1, 2, 3 – weight 20%

Participation in class and via wattle forum -  outcomes 1,4, 5 – weight 10%

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26 hours seminars, 13 hours of language related classes, 5- 7 hours per week of individual work

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Related reading material will be published on the Wattle site

Reference textbooks:

Beginners: to be advised

Reference textbooks:

  1. Forapani D., Italiano per giuristi, 2003 Alma Edizioni
  2. Incalcaterra-McLaughlin Laurs et al., Italiano per economisti, 2004 Alma Edizioni



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1542
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2178
2008 $2178
2007 $2178
2006 $2178
2005 $2178
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3090
2008 $3090
2007 $3090
2006 $3090
2005 $3090
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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