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Italian Studies

 

ITALIAN STUDIES (BA)

Full-time 2019 entry, ABB, IB 34

Our degree allows you to study the language, culture, politics and history of one of Europe’s most ancient civilisations, offering specialist teaching from the legacy of the Classical world through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to today’s multicultural Italy.

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This degree allows you to study the language, culture, politics and history of one of Europe’s most ancient civilisations, offering specialist teaching from the legacy of the Classical world through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to today’s multicultural Italy. You will have access to outstanding facilities and resources, including flexible collaborative and individual learning spaces, as well as a vast selection of print, digital and multimedia learning materials.
You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.

In your first year, you will take a core Italian language module at beginner, intermediate or advanced level and at least two modules on language, literature, culture, politics and history from an Italian or cross-cultural perspective.

In your intermediate and final years, you will make an individual selection of modules.

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.

Year One does not count towards the final degree mark. The intermediate and final year each count as 50% of the final mark.

You will normally spend the third year of your course abroad, depending on your particular programme, although it is possible to go abroad in second year. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through the University’s study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. In some countries 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: 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.

    • 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)
Intermediate Year
  • Modern Italian Language 2 or 3
Final Year
  • Modern Italian Language 4
Selection of optional modules that students have recently studied:
  • Topics in Renaissance Thought and Culture
  • Modern Italian Culture in Dialogue with Europe
  • Italian Women’s Writing: Voices of Protest
  • Experiments in Narrative: Questioning the Present
  • Magic and Marvels in Renaissance Italy
  • Italian Cinema: Envisioning the Nation
  • Experiments in Narrative: Telling the Past
  • Introducing Dante’s Hell
  • Medieval and Renaissance Short Fiction in Italy and England
  • Renaissance Rivalries: Power, Magic, and Language
  • Italy out of Italy: A History of Italian Migrations
  • Renaissance Imitations and Parody
  • Short Stories and Storytelling (17th-21st centuries)
  • Italian Cinema: Individual Perspectives
  • Love, Desire and Poetry in Dante and the Italian Middle Ages
  • Risorgimento

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

UCAS Code
R300

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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