• Class Number 2663
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Francesco Ricatti
    • Bruna Carboni
  • 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 course develops students' language and cultural competence while extending their knowledge of Italian history and society through study of a selection of cultural texts. The course integrates written and multi-media materials to increase students' fluency and accuracy in oral and written forms, including recognition and ability to use appropriately idiomatic forms of the language within their cultural context. Active language production is encouraged in classroom situations, structured conversations and oral presentations. Class time is divided between interactive language work, study of Italian history and culture, and analysis of cultural texts and historical documents.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate their understanding of complex linguistic and cultural texts in Italian;
  2. apply their clear grasp of the major aspects of Italian grammar and related linguistic terminology by identifying and producing complex linguistic structures orally and in writing;
  3. demonstrate their command of a wide range of vocabulary, idioms and Italian gestures; phonetics and phonology of Italian; and
  4. demonstrate broad expertise in critical thinking by understanding, synthesising and interpreting increasingly complex themes, texts and figures of Italian culture; using the appropriate discursive and argumentative register.

Required Resources

Resources and readings will be made available through Wattle and online.

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 Lez. 1: Introduzione al corso. Introduzione alla componente di cultura: L'unificazione e la modernità - capire l'Italia dell'Ottocento.Lez. 2:  Introduction to language component.Dal libro di testo NIE 2-unità 10- “Invito alla lettura”Il congiuntivo presente con "Credo che...", il congiuntivo imperfetto con "Credevo che..., l'espressione "Che io sappia..." la forma passiva con essere/venire, forma e uso del passato remoto. 
2 Lez. 1: Contesto 1: L'Italia e l'Europa nella prima metà dell'OttocentoLez. 2: Dal libro di testo NIE 2-unità 10 “Invito alla lettura” Lettura del racconto “La traversata dei vecchietti”; inventare un finale al racconto, eserccizi di potenziamento sul passato remoto, attività di ascolto su Novecento di Alessandro Baricco, videocorso : video 1 e video 2.
3 Lez. 1: Testo 1: I sonetti del BelliLez. 2: Dal libro di testo NIE 2- unità 11- “La famiglia cambia faccia” Concetto di famiglia, la famiglia in Italia, uso del congiuntivo con “nonostante”, “sebbene”, “malgrado”, l’uso dell’indicativo con “anche se”, la costruzione “fare+infinito”, le faccende domestiche.
4 Lez. 1: Testo 2:: Il bacio di HayezLez. 2: Da NIE 2 unità 11- “La famiglia cambia faccia” Vantaggi e svantaggi di essere figli unici, di avere un fratello , di vivere in una famiglia numerosa, caffè culturale e videocorso. Lettura “I mammoni”, visione di scene tratte da alcuni film italiani con discussione di gruppo sul fenomeno dei mammoni. Oral presentations start
5 Lez. 1: Contesto 2: Il Risorgimento e l'Unificazione. Ripasso in preparazione al primo test.Lez. 2: Dal libro di testo NIE 2- unità 12 "Feste e regali"Le feste, il condizionale passato con Pensavo che.../Mi avevi promesso che..., il periodo ipotetico di secondo tipo.
6 Lez. 1: Test di cultura 1Lez. 2: Da NIE 2 Lezione 13- “Italiani nella storia”, Personaggi storici italiani, curiosità storiche, il gerundio modale e temporale, gli aggettivi in “bile”Test di lingua 1 In-class test 1
7 Lez. 1: Testo 3: le opere liriche di Verdi Lez. 2: Da NIE 2 Lezione 13- “Italiani nella storia”, la forma impersonale, le interviste impossibili, caffè culturale e videocorso.
8 Lez. 1: Testo 4: Il GattopardoLez. 2: Thursday Anzac Day Make up class Monday 29th April from 10:00 to 12:00.Da NIE 2 Lezione 14 -“L’Italia da scoprire”Lettura “Le Marche: l’Italia da scoprire”, la frase interrogativa indiretta,Il discorso indiretto con il passato prossimo nella frase principale. Thursday Anzac Day > Make-up class Monday 29 April
9 Lez. 1: Contesto 3: L'Italia unita; le migrazioni di massa; il razzismoLez. 2:  Da NIE 2 Lezione 14 -“L’Italia da scoprire”I luoghi del cuore, caffè culturale e videocorso.Da NIE 2 Lezione 15 “L’italiano oggi”La lingua italiana e gli errori più comuni,  la forma passiva con andare.
10 Lez. 1: Testo 5: PinocchioLez. 2:  Da NIE 2 Lezione 15 “L’italiano oggi”Il congiuntivo trapassato e il periodo ipotetico di terzo tipo. Ripasso.Oral presentations conclude Oral presentations conclude
11 Lez. 1: Ripasso.Lez. 2: Ripasso.In-class test 2 componente lingua In-class test 2: Test di lingua
12 Lez. 1: Test di cultura 2Lez. 2: Oral assessment In-class test 2: Test di culturaOral assessment

Tutorial Registration

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
1. In-class tests (40%) 40 % 1, 2, 3, 4
2. Oral presentation (25%) 25 % 1, 2, 3, 4
3. Oral assessment (25%) 25 % 1, 2, 3, 4
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

1. In-class tests (40%)

Two in-class tests, run in class in Weeks 6 (20%) and 11-12 (20%), will test your knowledge of grammar, your reading, listening and writing skills, and your knowledge and understanding of 19th Century Italian history and culture. Tests may include short answers as well as writing tasks, and reading and listening comprehension tasks.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

2. Oral presentation (25%)

Between week 4 and week 10 you will present in Italian to the class your own research on an important aspect of 19th Century Italian history and culture. Please discuss possible topics with your lecturer by week 3. The presentation should last 10 minutes and include the close analysis of at least one primary source and appropriate and relevant use of at least 3 secondary sources. The presentation will be followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with the class. Further details and instructions will be provided on Wattle and in class.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

3. Oral assessment (25%)

The oral assessment will take place in week 12 and will consist of two parts:

1.    Dialogues with your chosen partner. You will revise all the topics of the course for the language component and prepare dialogues from a list of topics.

You will start the orals with 2 topics of your choice and you will have about 15 minutes to talk about them in pairs then you will select blind a third topic (6/8 minutes)

2.    A conversation with the examiner about the content of the course (language component only)

Assessment Task 4

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

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

Attendance and active and informed participation in class discussions; completion of pre-class, in-class and post-class activities.

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.

Returning Assignments

Within two weeks.

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
Bruna Carboni

Research Interests

Bruna Carboni

By Appointment

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