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Italian and Economics

 

ITALIAN AND ECONOMICS (BA)

Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

This joint degree gives you an in-depth knowledge of Italian language and culture while developing your ability as an analyst of international economic phenomena.

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This joint degree gives you an in-depth knowledge of Italian language and culture while developing your ability as an analyst of international economic phenomena. 50% of your degree will be in Economics and 50% in the School of Modern Languages. The Italian side of your degree will extend your understanding of the language, literature, culture, society, and politics of Italy, whilst in Economics you will study the choices of consumers, corporations, governments, networks, and nations, developing a deep knowledge of global and local economic trends, institutions, and policies. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.

50% of your degree will be in Economics and 50% in the School of Modern Languages. The Italian side of your degree will extend your knowledge and understanding of the language, literature, culture, society and politics of Italy, in both a historical and a contemporary perspective. In Economics, you will study the choices of consumers, corporations, governments, networks and nations, developing a deep knowledge of global and local economic trends, institutions and policies.

We employ a variety of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars (in which the emphasis is on student participation) and written and spoken language classes. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading or watching primary texts, engaging with secondary sources, writing essays and working on your language skills.

Class sizes

Seminars approx 15; oral classes 8-10.

Contact hours

Around 12-14 hours of teaching per week.

Italian Language modules are mostly assessed by 100% examination. Culture modules are either fully assessed by coursework or offer the option of 50% essay/50% exam.

The first year does not count towards the final mark. The intermediate and final year are equally weighted.

You will normally spend either the second or third year of your course abroad. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through the University’s study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant, or to set up an independent work placement.

You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:

1. Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school

2. Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country

3. On a work placement

The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the individual subject pages for more details.

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A level: AAB to include a modern or classical language plus GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or equivalent

IB: 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language, plus either GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or 5 in Higher Level/6 in Standard Level Maths

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

    • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

    • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. You must meet essential subject requirements.
    • Essential subjects

      Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.

    • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
    • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

      Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

      Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
Modern Italian Language 1 (at beginners, intermediate or advanced level)

An Italian Cultural Module (which will either be The History of Modern Italy or Introduction to Italian Culture)

Economics 1

You will develop an understanding of fundamental and intermediate concepts in micro- and macroeconomic analysis, equipping you with a range of appropriate analytical skills, including descriptive, graphical and mathematical methods. This will develop your ability to analyse economic trends, institutions and politics and the capacity to apply analytical techniques to real-world problems.


Quantitative Techniques

Intermediate Year
Modern Italian Language 2 or 3

Economics 2

You will develop deeper understanding of economic concepts and be introduced to new concepts in both micro- and macroeconomic analysis. These include material drawn from general equilibrium, welfare economics, game theory, rational expectations and time consistency. It will introduce you to the analysis of public policy issues such as market failure and counter-inflation policy, and give you a range of tools to analyse economic problems. Your analysis will be underpinned by a rigorous theoretical understanding acquired on the course.


Final Year
Modern Italian Language 4

Research in Applied Economics

You will have the opportunity to deepen and consolidate your knowledge by applying your understanding of economic theory to a research question that arouses your curiosity. You will use a combination of economic analysis and statistical and econometric techniques to formulate and pursue your research interest, supported by lectures on research methodology and supervision by a member of academic staff, who will support your research towards an independent project. The work will increase your confidence in formulating economic questions, and the scientific method of developing a suitable approach, conducting a literature review and data searches, identifying and testing hypotheses and using your findings to construct coherent, persuasive scholarly arguments, presented in both written and oral form..


Selection of optional modules that current students are studying
  • Introducing Dante’s Hell
  • Medieval and Renaissance Short Fiction in Italy and England
  • Modern Italian Culture in Dialogue with Europe
  • Italian Cinema: Envisioning the Nation
  • Renaissance Rivalries: Power, Magic, and Language
  • Short Stories and Storytelling (17th-21st centuries)
  • Italian Women’s Writing: Voices of Protest
  • Italian Cinema: Individual Perspectives
  • Environmental Economics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • War and Economy
  • Economics of Money and Banking
  • Industrial Economics
  • Political Geography

For further details about our Italian Studies modules please visit the Modern Languages website. Here you will also find degree course outlines.

Our Modern Languages graduates work for organisations including:

British Council, BBC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PWC, Ministry of Defence, TeachFirst, United Nations, Amnesty International.

Job titles:

Digital Media Consultant, Graduate Analyst, Big Data Columnist, Marketing Executive, Research Associate, Translation Coordinator, Teacher.

Entry Requirements

A level AAB to include a modern or classical language plus GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or equivalent

IB 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language, plus either GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or 5 in Higher Level/6 in Standard Level Maths

UCAS Code
R3L2

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration
4 years full-time, including a year abroad

Start Date

September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry. Overseas study at a partner institution in Italy.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs

The cost of textbooks may vary. Students should expect to spend around £120 per year on language textbooks and core texts. Please note that Economics textbooks may also need to be purchased for this course. Undergraduate students can obtain many required texts from the University Library. We estimate photocopying/printing for essays could cost approximately £25 per year.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.