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Italian with Chinese

 

ITALIAN WITH CHINESE (BA)

Full-time 2019 entry, ABB, IB 34

On this degree you are able to specialise in Italian language and culture, while spending a quarter of your time learning Chinese.

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This degree allows you to study the language and culture of one of Europe’s most ancient civilisations. Combining Italian with Chinese is particularly useful as China becomes an increasingly important global player, economically and politically. You’ll graduate from this course as a highly qualified linguist with a deep understanding of key issues and developments in Italy’s past and present and advanced intercultural skills so you can compare and move between languages and cultures.

This language can be taken at beginner’s, post-GCSE or post-A Level (or equivalent) level maximum. Applicants with language ability above this level, including native speakers, would not be suitable for this course.

Each year you will study Italian language at an appropriate level, Mandarin Chinese and up to two other modules in Italian culture, history and literature (you also have the option of taking a module from outside the Department in your first and final year).

Optional modules in Italian range from contemporary Italian culture and comparative literature to the study of aspects of Medieval and Renaissance thought and culture. Your year abroad is normally spent studying at an Italian university, working alongside Italian staff and students, improving your knowledge and understanding of the country and culture which you have chosen to study. You can, however, choose to spend your year abroad either in Italy for the whole year, or you can split your time between Italy and China.

In the intermediate and final years you can choose from a range of advanced modules in the department and, in the final year, you can choose to research a dissertation if you wish.

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 10-12 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.

Second or third year abroad is normally spent studying at an Italian university, working alongside Italian staff and students, improving your knowledge and understanding of the country and culture which you have chosen to study. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant (year 3 only), 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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Entry requirements*

A level: ABB to include a modern or classical language

IB: 34 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

*This language can be taken at beginner’s, post-GCSE or post-A Level (or equivalent) level maximum. Applicants with language ability above this level, including native speakers, would not be suitable for this course.

    • 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. Candidates must demonstrate required language skills.
    • 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)
  • Chinese 1 or 2
Intermediate Year
  • Modern Italian Language 2 or 3
  • Chinese 3
Final Year
  • Modern Italian Language 4
  • Chinese 4 or 5
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

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: ABB to include a modern or classical language

IB: 34 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language

*This language can be taken at beginner’s, post-GCSE or post-A Level (or equivalent) level maximum. Applicants with language ability above this level, including native speakers, would not be suitable for this course.

UCAS Code
R3T1

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 course of textbooks may vary. Students should expect to spend around £120 per year on language textbooks and core texts.

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.

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