Italian 5

Subject ITAL10006 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 54 hours - an average of 4.5 hours per week: A 1.5-hour seminar per week, a 1-hour conversation class per week, ten 1-hour Contemporary Italy lectures scheduled across the semester, ten 1-hour multimedia seminars scheduled across the semester, five 1-hour tutorials scheduled across the semester
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


VCE Italian or Italian 3 and 4 or equivalent.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Mr Matthew Absalom



Subject Overview:

Students continue intensive revision and further development of the major areas of contemporary Italian language and culture. Through the analysis of language structures with a practical focus, students will extend their linguistic capacities in reading, writing, listening, speaking and describing the Italian language. Students also explore aspects of contemporary Italian literature, society and history through a programmatic study of post-war Italy. Students develop a critical capacity enabling them to understand and analyse a variety of text types (film, music, mass media, literature, etc.). Communication skills will also be developed through online and face-to-face collaboration in a range of in- and out-of-class activities.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to interpret and analyse a variety of texts and genres, both written and spoken, of a moderate level of complexity;
  • be able to use appropriate linguistic structures and lexical resources, including specialised terminology relating to specific literary, linguistic and cultural aspects of Italian-speaking communities, to communicate in Italian both in writing and speaking;
  • have gained an introduction to some aspects of the core areas of Italian Studies, with specific focus on each through dedicated learning activities;
  • be able to apply research methods appropriately to task;
  • be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of Italian language and culture;
  • be able to actively compare and contrast linguistic and cultural similarities and differences between Italian language and culture and other languages and cultures;
  • through a range of tasks and class experiences, be able to apply a variety of learning techniques to further consolidate knowledge, understanding and ability in relation to Italian language and culture;
  • have consolidated and extended linguistic repertoire and vocabulary.
  • Three language online tests (200 words each) in weeks 5, 8 and 11 [15%]
  • Contemporary Italy mini-project (400 words) in week 10 [10%]
  • A small film project (equivalent to 800 words) in week 9 [20%]
  • Contemporary Italy history project (equivalent to 1200 words) in week 11 [30%]
  • A 1 hour final exam (equivalent to 1000 words) during the examination period [25%]

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:
  • Nocchi, S. Nuova Grammatica Pratica della Lingua Italiana. (2012) Alma Edizioni.
  • Ambroso, S and Stefancich, G. (1995) Parole. 10 percorsi nel lessico italiano. Bonacci Editore.
Recommended Texts:
  • Adorni, S and Primorac, S. (2011) English Grammar for Students of Italian.
  • Danesi, M. (2004) Using Italian Vocabulary. Cambridge.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • have developed an ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically both in writing and orally through assessment (including technology-mediated activities), tutorial and online discussion and class presentations;
  • have developed confidence in self-expression through participation in the subject at different levels and assessable presentations;
  • have developed a range of IT literacy skills through online multimedia activities;
  • have developed a team spirit and collaborative approach to learning through group work;
  • be able to demonstrate time management and planning skills through completion of assessment and other required in-class activities;
  • have honed interactional and intercultural communication skills;
  • have learnt basic research skills and the use of a variety of reference materials.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Diploma in Arts - Italian
Related Breadth Track(s): Italian - Entry Point 5

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