• Class Number 3631
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Francesco Ricatti
    • Dr Francesco Ricatti
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

This multimedia course develops students' communication skills in Italian through practice in the recognition and production of different registers of the language. The study and production of different types of written, oral and/or and audio-visual texts will increase students' comprehension and literacy skills in Italian while also increasing their knowledge of Italian history, culture and society. 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 a wide range of demanding texts (written/visual; aural/oral) on contemporary issues, appreciating distinction of style and genres, and recognizing implicit meaning in a variety of texts;
  2. demonstrate orally and in writing their ability to use the language appropriately (lexicon, syntax, grammar, registers) according to style, context and genre, expressing themselves fluently and spontaneously;
  3. conduct research and deliver well-structured oral presentations and written texts; and
  4. demonstrate advanced expertise in critical thinking in understanding, synthesising and interpreting complex cultural topics and communicating their own views and arguments using the appropriate discursive and argumentative register.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

All work submitted must be the student's own work, completed without the help of others (including others with language abilities), and without the use of Google translate (or other similar websites). Improper collaboration or use of external materials of this nature constitutes academic misconduct and will be dealt with in accordance with ANU policy.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduzione al corso e all'assessment.Condizioni materiali, identità e transculturazione: un approccio teorico alla storia delle migrazioni.Discussione iniziale e brainstorming su possibili progetti. Pre-, in- and post-class activities (Task 4) start
2 Le migrazioni di massa dall'ItaliaWorkshop sulle idee per il progetto Task 1A due by the end of the week
3 Le migrazioni italiane in AustraliaPianificare un progetto (I)
4 Il lavoro, lo sfruttamento e la mobilità socialePianificare un progetto (II) Task 1B due by the end of the week
5 Razzismo, stereotipi, criminalitàWorkshop progettuale (I)
6 Rapporti fra italiani e popolazioni IndigeneWorkshop progettuale (II)
7 Famiglia, genere e sessualitàWorkshop progettuale (III)
8 Lingue e dialettiFinalizzazione del progetto (primo draft) Task 1C due by the end of the week
9 Religione e politicaFeedback generale e individuale sui progetti
10 Arte, sport e tempo liberoDiscussione sulla revisione del progetto You can now submit Task 2 (at any time between Monday week 10 and Sunday week 13).
11 Riflessioni finaliFinalizzazione del progetto (secondo draft)
12 PresentazioniFinalizzazione del progetto (ultimi ritocchi) Task 1D due by the end of the weekOral presentations in class (Task 3)

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Major scaffolded assessment (40%) 40 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Reflective assessment (30%) 30 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Oral presentation (20%) 20 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Pre-, in- and post-class activities (10%) 10 % 1, 2, 3, 4

* 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Major scaffolded assessment (40%)

For this assessment you must complete a personal project relating to the topic of the course (Italian migration to Australia). This could be an oral history interview, a short documentary, a personal essay/reflection on your family history, a short academic article based on original research, or a different project agreed with the course coordinator. Further details will be discussed in class, on Wattle and (when necessary) in short Zoom meetings with the course coordinator. Please note that this is a scaffolded assessment and all tasks must be submitted, and in the following order.

Task 1A Project idea (200 words in Italian); due week 2; 5%.

Task 1B Project plan (including revision of task 1A; 400 words in Italian); due week 4; 5%

Task 1C First draft of project (in Italian and English - e.g. 5 minute documentary in Italian with subtitles in English); due week 8; 10%

Task 1D Final project, due week 12; 20% (must address the feedback received for task 1C)

Assessment Task 2

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

Reflective assessment (30%)

Write an exegesis (max.1000 words in Italian), in which you explain your main project (i.e. your major scaffolded assessment). You should discuss your aims, the challenges you encountered and how you addressed them; the details of, and rationale for, your communicative/artistic/academic decisions/choices; and how the project was informed by what you have learned throughout the course. This assessment should include a minimum of 12 academic references, of which at least 6 must be in Italian (a maximum of 6 references can be to readings assigned throughout the course). You should demonstrate a critical understanding of the references in relation to your project. Further details on this assessment will be provided in class and on Wattle. You can submit this assessment at any time between week 10 and 13.

Assessment Task 3

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

Oral presentation (20%)

In week 12 you will need to prepare a 10 minute presentation in Italian to introduce to the rest of the class your main project (i.e. your major scaffolded assessment). This will be followed by 5-10 minutes of Q&A with the class. Further details will be provided in class and on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

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

Pre-, in- and post-class activities (10%)

Active and informed participation in class, including demonstrated critical reading of material provided for class preparation.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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, Transnational History, Transcultural Studies, Sport Studies, Digital and Participatory Research

Dr Francesco Ricatti

By Appointment
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Dr Francesco Ricatti

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Dr Francesco Ricatti

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