• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest European Languages
  • Major code ITAL-MAJ
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.

Learning Outcomes

  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; and
  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:

ITAL3015   Advanced Italian Topics in Language, Culture and Society*

ITAL3016   Advanced Italian Topics in Language and Literary Studies*

ITAL3505   Italian Studies - Intermediate I

ITAL3506   Italian Studies - Intermediate II

A maximum of 30 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

ITAL3021  Global Rome: Culture and Identity in the Italian Capital

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.)

LANG3001 Translation across Languages: The Translation of Literary Texts

LANG3002 Translation across Languages: Specialised Material

LANG3007 Romance Linguistics

LING2013 Teaching Languages

*ITAL3015 and ITAL3016 may be completed more than once with a different Topic in each instance.

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