• Class Number 7607
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Francesco Ricatti
    • Dr Francesco Ricatti
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

This course continues to develop students' communicative competence in Italian, and refine students' analytical skills as well as their imaginative writing ability. This is done through practice in the recognition, analysis and production - especially written - of formal registers and structures of the language. Texts will be studied in relation to their socio-cultural, historical and genre framework within thematic areas of inquiry, which include one or more of gender, literary history, Italian literature and film. Specific topics covered may vary from year to year. The course may be completed more than once if a different topic is studied each time.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand and interpret a wide range of demanding texts (written/visual; aural/oral) on contemporary issues;
  2. appreciate distinction of style, genres and recognize implicit meaning in a variety of factual and literary texts;
  3. use accurate and idiomatic Italian grammar in written and spoken production;
  4. demonstrate orally and in writing their ability to use a wide lexicon appropriately according to style, register, context and genre, expressing themselves fluently and spontaneously in class interaction, taking into consideration others' perspectives; and
  5. conduct research and deliver well-structured oral presentations and written texts on complex subjects.

Required Resources

Pre-class readings and activities (as well as optional post-class readings) will be made available weekly through Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduzione al corso Identità, lingua e riflessione: scrivere di sé. Piano di scrittura per il componimento autobiografico Assessment Tasks 4 and 5 start in week 1 (due weekly)
2 Lingua e identità Autoetnografia, riflessione, scrittura creativa.
3 La scoperta e il trauma Lavoro sul piano di scrittura Assessment Task 1
4 Artivismo antirazzista Laboratorio di scrittura sulla prima bozza (1)
5 Artivismo decoloniale Laboratorio di scrittura sulla prima bozza (2)
6 Artivismo antisessista e LGBTIQ+ Laboratorio di scrittura sulla prima bozza (3)
7 Artivismo ambientalista Finalizzazione della prima bozza Assessment Task 2
8 Artivismo intersezionale (1) Laboratorio di scrittura sulla seconda bozza (1)
9 Artivismo intersezionale (2) Laboratorio di scrittura sulla seconda bozza (2)
10 Altri artivismi (1) Laboratorio di scrittura sulla seconda bozza (3)
11 Altri artivismi (2) Finalizzazione della seconda bozza Assessment Task 3
12 Discussione finale Lettura in classe dei progetti e feedback generale Assessment Tasks 4 and 5 conclude

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Personal project plan 10 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Personal project first draft 20 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Personal project final draft 30 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Learning journal 30 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Participation 10 % 1, 2, 3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Personal project plan

Provide a title, and an abstract or outline of your project, explaining the nature of the project, the topic, the aims, and the structure (further details and instructions, including marking criteria, will be provided in class and on Wattle in week 1-3).

The project can be an autoethnography, a self-reflexive essay, or a creative piece with exegesis. If you would like to develop a different kind of project, please discuss this with Francesco in week 1 or 2. (300 words)

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Personal project first draft

Write your project in Italian. (1,000~1,200 words)

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Personal project final draft

Revise your project, according to feedback and your own further readings and reflections. (1,200~1,500 words)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Learning journal

Every week (from week 1 to week 12), after our second class and no later than Friday 5pm, you need to write in Italian and upload a short learning journal through the link provided on Wattle (your classmates will be able to read and comment on your journal entry). Your journal entry should consist of a paragraph including the following: the most interesting or valuable idea, concept or information you learnt through the pre-class material; the most interesting or valuable idea, concept or information you learnt during our Monday seminar; the most interesting or valuable idea, concept of information you have learnt during our Wednesday seminar (this could be about writing, grammar, culture, etc.); one or two key ideas, concepts or information you have learnt from your classmates throughout the week; you are encouraged to also provide short responses/comments to your classmates’ entries (please be polite, constructive and supportive). 

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3


The participation for this course will be based on the way students push forward the discussion, respond to questions, engage with other students in the class, and make critical references to the pre-class material. Preparation of ideas for discussion will be crucial for a high mark.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Francesco Ricatti

Research Interests

Migration history, transcultural studies, football

Dr Francesco Ricatti

By Appointment
Dr Francesco Ricatti

Research Interests

Dr Francesco Ricatti

By Appointment

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