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IT212 - Italian for Historians II

  • Module code: IT212
  • Module name: Italian for Historians II
  • Department: Italian Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

IT212 is an integral component of HI270 (Language for Historians), which in turn forms a key part of the single honours History degree course. It builds on the language training History students receive in Year 1 and consists of two closely linked and equal parts (one, IT212, delivered/assessed by the Italian Department, the other delivered/assessed by History). The module is a compulsory component of the single honours History degree programme in Year 2 and counts for finals. The History component operates in conjunction with the Year 2 core module 'The European World, 1500-1750'. It consists of a series of lectures on historiographical trends in different languages, dedicated seminars on core texts (originally published in languages other than English) and provides the necessary historiographical and critical skills for the historical half of the 'Language for Historians' exam.The Italian component consolidates the language training received in the first-year language module and brings students to an Intermediate standard of proficiency, particularly in the reading, comprehension, and analysis of historiographical texts written in Italian. In order to achieve this standard, each week will be devoted to two, strongly interrelated aspects related to the development of language skills, namely Language Expression and Translation/Comprehension.

Principal learning outcomes

Building on the skills acquired in IT109, this module aims to: a) Improve reading, comprehension and translation skills in order to give students the ability to engage with texts in Italian; b) Reinforce and consolidate grammar skills in Italian acquired in the first year; c) Allow students to broaden their resource base through access to Italian texts; d) Engage with non-Anglophone historiographical traditions and debates; e) Address the challenges of working with historical texts in Italian. Some of these objectives (particularly a–c) will be the primary focus of the teaching delivered by the Italian Department, whereas others (particularly d–e) will be achieved through lectures and tutorials in the History Department

Timetabled teaching activities

Two hours per week for 23 weeks, over three terms, beginning in the second week of the first term and excluding week 6 (Reading Week) both in Terms I and II.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: IT212-15)
C1 (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 10%
Assessed Course Work 10%
Assessed Course Work 10%
Assessed Course Work 20%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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