• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code ITAL-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Italian Language and Culture Major

The Italian Language & Culture Major provides students with a high level of competence in the Italian language as well as a critical understanding of cultural, social and historical aspects of Italy. Language learning is integrated with the development of cultural awareness, and students have the opportunity to explore such areas as Italian sociolinguistics, cinema, music, gender studies, postcolonial, migration and women's literature. Students are encouraged to spend a semester studying abroad, taking advantage of exchange agreements with partner universities in Italy. Students with existing knowledge of Italian can begin at a more advanced level, and the exact sequence of courses depends on the level at which the student begins the major.


Due to structural changes in the undergraduate program rules in 2012, the courses that make up the new 2012 majors may be different to the pre-2012 majors, and therefore some courses cannot be counted between majors.  Students are advised to contact the CASS Student Office if they are unsure about their Majors.


Learning outcomes

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

1.    communicate proficiently and confidently in Italian
2.    identify the structure and uses of Italian
3.    demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and linguistics aspects of Italian language and societies and their socio-historical context
4.    construct a schema of the connections between the Italian language and its geographical, social and cultural origins
5.    recognise the importance of intercultural communication.


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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ITAL2007       Italian Studies - Intermediate 1

ITAL2008       Italian Studies - Intermediate 2

ITAL3015       Advanced Italian Topics in Language, Culture and Society

ITAL3016       Advanced Italian Topics in Language and Literary Studies


A maximum of 36 units from completion of courses from the following list:


ITAL1002       Italian Studies - Introductory I

ITAL1003       Italian Studies - Introductory 2

ITAL2005       Italian Studies Continuing 1

ITAL2006       Italian Studies - Continuing 2

ITAL2010       Early Italian Literature from the Sicilian School to the Renaissance

ITAL3010       Politics, Culture and Society in Postwar Italy

ITAL3014       Women in Italian Society

ITAL3017       Apocalypse Then: Dante's Inferno


A maximum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:
(All Language Studies (LANG) courses must have a Course Topic of Italian to be included in this major.)


  LANG2103       Acquiring Pragmatics of a Second Language   6

  LANG3001       Translation across Languages: the translation of literary texts   6

  LANG3002       Translation across Languages: specialised material   6

  LANG3003       European Narrative   6

  LANG3005       Language and Identity in a European Context    6







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