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Contemporary Italy Study Abroad (ITAL20004)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeITAL20004
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides students with a three-week intensive language and culture experience in Prato, Tuscany. The focus of the subject will be an exploration of aspects of conteporary Italy including language, culture, society, politics and the Arts. Students will be involved in a range of collaborative activities with Italians. The subject will integrate information technology to establish ongoing relationships.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to interpret and analyse a variety of texts and genres, both written and spoken, of a moderate level of complexity;
  • be able to interact through written and spoken language in a range of authentic contexts using appropriate language while in-country;
  • have explored elements of contemporary Italian culture and Italian linguistics through direct contact while in-country;
  • be able to apply research methods appropriately to task;
  • be able to critically reflect on contemporary Italian language and culture based on direct experience while in-country;
  • be able to actively compare and contrast linguistic and cultural similarities and differences between assumptions of Italian language and culture and real life exposure while in-country;
  • be able to through a range of tasks and class experiences, apply a variety of learning techniques to further consolidate knowledge, understanding and ability in relation to Italian language and culture;
  • be able to communicate effectively with a range of interlocuters while in-country.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • have developed an ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically both in writing and orally through assessment (including technology-mediated activities), tutorial and online discussion and class presentations;
  • have developed confidence in self-expression through participation in the subject at different levels and assessable presentations;
  • have developed a range of IT literacy skills through online activities;
  • have developed a team spirit and collaborative approach to learning through group work;
  • be able to demonstrate time management and planning skills through completion of assessment and other required in-class activities;
  • have honed interactional and intercultural communication skills;
  • have developed basic research skills and the use of a variety of reference materials;
  • have developed global citizenship through in-country experience.

Eligibility and requirements


Entry to this subject can be met through:

  • completion of at least 25 points of Italian Studies subjects with an average grade of H2B or above;
  • additional entry requirements also apply (please see below).

Note: Special entry conditions apply. Itinerary and travel arrangements available from the School of Languages and Linguistics. Students will need to apply to Australians Studying Abroad in April / May for this subject. The subject dates and HECS/course fee census date for this subject change each year. Check your current enrolment record for the correct census date for this subject. Please contact the subject coordinator for additional information.



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ITAL30005 Contemporary Italy Study Abroad 12.5

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Contemporary language and culture group project (800 words) [20%]
  • Regular language exercises, equivalent to 600 words [15%]
  • Oral presentation of 5 minutes, equivalent to 400 words [10%]
    All due during the teaching period in Nov/Dec
  • Reflective intercultural journal (equivalent to 600 words) [15%]
  • Final research paper 1600 words [40%]
    Due in January the following year

Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

Further information

Last updated: 22 May 2019