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BA in Politics, International Studies and Italian: UCAS Code M165

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This course is for you whether your fascination with Italian politics, culture and society derives from Dante, Fellini or Berlusconi. You’ll find the perfect combination for you in the focused theoretical and empirical study of the political world with an intensive engagement in Italian language and culture.

Your first year of study lays the critical and linguistic foundations for your exploration of politics and the Italian language. You will build on this introduction by spending your second or third year in Italy, immersing yourself in the language and culture at one of our many partner universities across the country in cities including Rome, Florence, Milan, Pisa, Turin and Siena. Alternatively, you can arrange an approved work placement in Italy.

Sub-fields within each discipline include Italian society and culture, political theory, comparative politics, democratisation, Italian literature, international security, Italian cinema and international political economy.

Themes you develop in your first year modules will carry through to modules in the final two years such as the Politics of Globalisation, Italy Out of Italy: Italian Migrations Abroad, and Europe: Politics and Ideas.

Yearly structure

Year 1

1. Core: Introduction to Politics
2. Core: World Politics
3. Core: Either Italian for Beginners or Modern Italian Language I (Intermediate) or Modern Italian Language I (Advanced)
4. Core: Either Representations of Modern Italy or Introduction to Italian Culture

Year 2 or 3

The second or third year is spent studying and/or on work placement in a country where Italian is the native language. Possible exchange universities include:

  • Università di Firenze
  • Università di Siena (Arezzo & Siena)
  • Università di Bologna
  • Università di Pavia
  • Università di Pisa
  • Università di Roma La Sapienza
  • Università di Genoa
  • Università di Napoli L'Orientale
  • Università di Salerno
  • Università di Torino
  • Università di Urbino Carlo Bo
  • Università di Cagliari
  • Università di Verona
  • Università di Trieste
  • Università di Messina
  • Università di Catania (Catania & Ragusa)
  • Università di Brescia
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Università di Milano

Year 2 or 3

1. Core: Political Theory from Hobbes
2. Core: Modern Italian Language II
3. Option 1: Any second-year PAIS module totalling 30 CATS credits
4. Option 2: Any second-year module(s) offered by the Italian Department, totalling 30 CATS credits

Year 4

1. Core: Issues in Political Theory
2. Core: Modern Italian Language III
3. Option 1: Any third-year PAIS module OR any third-year module(s) offered by the Italian Department, totalling 30 CATS credits
4. Option 2: Any third-year PAIS module OR any third-year module(s) offered by the Italian Department, totalling 30 CATS credits