The Story of Italian: Study Abroad

Subject 116-228 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Summer Term, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours (8 hours lecture, 8 hours seminars and 8 hours in loco seminars)
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Usually fifty points of first year from any area within the Faculty of Arts or enrolment in the Diploma of Modern Languages (Italian).
Corequisites: Students enrolled in this subject should enrol concurrently with 131-272 Venice and Cultures of Consumption.
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 116-226 Beginners Italian: Study Abroad
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:


Dr Andrea Rizzi
Subject Overview:

This intensive four-week study aborad subject will be taught in Venice between the end of November and December 2007 and begins with an overview of the history of the language with a focus on the linguistic situation in Roman Italy, the fragmentation of Latin and the development of vernaculars from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Some aspects of palaeography (the art of analysing and reading handwriting) will be studied. Field trips to the Marciana Library and the Museo Correr will provide students with basic knowledge of codicology (study of manuscripts) and the basic skills needed to work on fifteenth century primary sources. On completion of this subject, student should have acquired an understanding of the history of the Italian language and of the emergence of a Tuscan lingua franca of the Italian and European Renaissance. Students will also be able to gain a basic knowledge of the language and text production of the Italian Renaissance.

Assessment: Assessment: A test 15% (taken mid-course), a 1500 word short report 20% (due at the end of the course) and a 2500 word research essay 65% (due at the end of semester one 2008).
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the Bookshop 3 weeks before the beginning of the Overseas Intensive.
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • gain an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Italian culture, and by formulating arguments;

  • communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;

  • gain skills in public speaking and confidence in self-expression through tutorial participation and class presentations.


Special entry conditions apply. This subject will be offered in Summer 2008. Itinerary and travel arrangements available from the School of Historical Studies and the School of Languages and Linguistics. The subject dates and HECS/course fee census date for this subject change each year. Check your enrolment record for the correct census date for this subject. Formerly available as 116-076/366/466. Students who have completed 116-076, 116-366 or 116-466 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Modern Languages (Italian)

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