Contemporary Italy Study Abroad

Subject ITAL30005 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

November, Parkville - 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

Intensive. Parkville and on site in Prato, Tuscany

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of classes; 3 day trips; 3 half-day excursions. The travel component of this subject takes place between 26th of November and 17th of December.
Total Time Commitment:



Completion at least 25 points of Italian Studies subjects with an average grade of H2B or above.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have previously completed the subject Rome: Fact or Fiction at Levels 2 and 3 or Contemporary Italy Study Abroad at Level 2 or Level 3 are not allowed to enrol in this subject.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Mr Matthew Absalom


Subject Overview:

This subject provides students with a three-week intensive language and culture experience in Prato, Tuscany. The focus of the subject will be an exploration of aspects of conteporary Italy including language, culture, society, politics and the Arts. Students will be involved in a range of collaborative activities with Italians. The subject will integrate information technology to establish ongoing relationships.

  • Students will deepen their understanding of contemporary Italy through first hand exposure to aspects of life in the country.
  • Students will widen their repertoire of communicative skills through immersion in Italian language and culture.
  • Students will use information technology to communicate with counterparts in Italy.
  • Contemporary language and culture group project (750 words) - 15%
  • Regular language exercises - 15%;
  • Oral presentation of 5 minutes - 10%
    All due during the teaching period in Nov/Dec
  • Reflective intercultural journal (equivalent to 750 words) - 15%
  • Final research paper 2000 words - 45%.
    Due in January 2012

This subject has the following hurdle requirements: Students are required to participate in all scheduled activities. All pieces of assessment 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:

Material provided by the School.

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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • develop 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
  • develop confidence in self-expression through participation in the subject at different levels and assessable presentations
  • develop a range of IT literacy skills through online activities
  • develop a team spirit and collaborative approach to learning through group work
  • demonstrate time management and planning skills through completion of assessment and other required in-class activities
    hone interactional and intercultural communication skills
  • extend research skills and the use of a variety of reference materials
  • develop global citizenship through in-country experience

Special entry conditions apply. This subject will be offered in Summer 2012. Itinerary and travel arrangements available from the School of Languages and Linguistics. Students will need to apply to Australians Studying Abroad in April / May for this subject. The subject dates and HECS/course fee census date for this subject change each year. Check your current enrolment record for the correct census date for this subject. Please contact the subject coordinator for additional information.

Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Italian)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Major

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