Contemporary Italy Study Abroad

Subject ITAL30005 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

November, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 19-Nov-2016 to 18-Dec-2016
Assessment Period End 31-Jan-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 25-Nov-2016
Census Date 09-Dec-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-Jan-2017

On site in Prato, Tuscany, Rome, Parama and Milan, Italy.

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 in November / December.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


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

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:

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.

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 interact through written and spoken language in a range of authentic contexts using appropriate language while in-country;
  • be able to explore elements of contemporary Italian culture and Italian linguistics through direct contact while in-country;
  • be able to apply research methods appropriately to task;
  • be able to critically reflect on contemporary Italian language and culture based on direct experience while in-country;
  • be able to actively compare and contrast linguistic and cultural similarities and differences between assumptions of Italian language and culture and real life exposure while in-country;
  • be able to through a range of tasks and class experiences, apply a variety of learning techniques to further consolidate knowledge, understanding and ability in relation to Italian language and culture;
  • be able to communicate effectively with a range of interlocuters while in-country.
  • Contemporary language and culture group project (750 words) [15%]
  • Regular language exercises, equivalent to 600 words [15%]
  • Oral presentation of 5 minute, equivalent to 400 words [10%]
    All due during the teaching period in Nov/Dec
  • Reflective intercultural journal, equivalent to 600 words [15%]
  • Final research paper (1800 words) [45%]
    Due in January of the following year.

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:

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 activities;
  • have developed a team spirit and collaborative approach to learning through group work;
  • have demonstrated time management and planning skills through completion of assessment and other required in-class activities;
  • have honed interactional and intercultural communication skills;
  • have extended research skills and the use of a variety of reference materials;
  • have developed global citizenship through in-country experience.
Links to further information:

Special entry conditions apply. 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 Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Italian

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