Languages of Venice: Study Abroad

Subject ITAL30012 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

November, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 24-Nov-2015 to 18-Dec-2015
Assessment Period End 08-Feb-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 30-Nov-2015
Census Date 11-Dec-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 15-Jan-2016

November-December, Intensive on site Venice, Italy

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is taught in intensive mode on site in Venice from 22 November - 18 December 2015. Seven 1.5 hour lectures, seven 1-hour tutorials and seven 3-hour site visits.
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours.




Students enrolled in this subject also need to enrol concurrently in HIST30051 / HIST20052 Venice and Cultures of Consumption.

Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

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. Students who have completed The Story of Italian at Level 2 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:


Dr Andrea Rizzi


Subject Overview:

This intensive four-week study abroad subject will be taught in Venice between the end of November and December 2015 and focuses on the use, circulation and reception of languages and texts in early modern Venice. Texts include manuscripts, pamphlets, incunabula, inscriptions, architectural spaces and paintings. 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, students should have acquired an understanding of the use of languages and paces in early modern Venice (and Italy). Students will also be able to gain a basic knowledge of the language and text production of the Italian Renaissance.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will:

  • interpret and analyse a range of texts and cultural materials within their historical context
  • communicate effectively in a variety of formats, in order to appeciate Italy's cultural and historical development of Italy
  • gain an understanding of the development of Italian vernaculars before and during the Renaissance
  • acquire relevant analytical and research skills, including those needed to carry out research in Italian libraries
  • appreciate Italian culture and history by studying a range of critical texts and cultural materials
  • engage critically and constructively with issues of history and social development and expressions while in-country
  • independently apply a range of learning techniques in order to effectualy process information about language and texts in the early modern world
  • develop an openness to the world and an awareness of critical cultural and historical contexts

  • Essay proposal, 400 words, due during the intensive [10%]
  • Reflective journal, 1,200 words, due at the end of the intensive [30%]
  • Research essay, 2400 words (due at the end of February of the following year) [60%]

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; after five working days, no late assessment will be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available from the Bookshop 3 weeks before the beginning of the Overseas Intensive.

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:
  • 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 November-December 2013. Admission requirements: Students are selected for this subject based on academic merit. The application process is available from the subject coordinator.

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.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Italian

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