A degree in Italian provides access to a rich and influential culture and to the language and society of a country that offers opportunities for exciting careers and further study.Most of our students have no Italian before joining us.
Italian is a small, accessible department. Learning takes place in small groups, allowing you to reach a high level of linguistic proficiency and to develop important critical and analytical skills.
You can choose from a range of modules on literature and art, film and music, politics and the media. Various pathways through the BA provide the opportunity to spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities in Italy, an experience which our students often describe as the best of their lives.
Students in all years of the course take an intensive Italian language course, taught in small tutorial groups. Free access is provided to an online Computer-Assisted Language-Learning (CALL) tool.
Most of our students are beginners, but we also provide for the growing numbers of non-beginners taking Italian. In the award-winning Year 1 culture module, the focus is on modern Italian culture and society, providing you with a survey of Italy since unification in 1860, through the analysis of texts which include passages from literary works, films and documentaries, examples of art and architecture, music and historical documents.
You will be guided in your reading through specially written introductions, notes and glossaries, and through the close readings led by lecturers in class. UCC Italian students have an excellent record in the NUI's Scholarship for the best performance in first-year Italian, winning the award on at least eight out of 14 occasions since 1999.
Students continue their intensive study of Italian language, in preparation for Year 3, which may be spent abroad, or final year. Modules on Italian literature, cinema and the media (continuing to focus on the modern period) give you an understanding of the country's culture and society. At the same time, the modules provide you with an intellectual challenge, helping you develop important critical and analytical skills sought after by employers.
Students in final year take an advanced language course and may continue to specialise in modern Italian culture, as well as developing independent thinking through the study of Dante's Divine Comedy and other landmarks of world literature.
See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on the modules.
Course Code: CK101, CK108
Course Title: Arts
Subject Title: Italian
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: BA (Hons)
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.
2017 Entry Requirements: Students wishing to take Beginners' Italian are recommended to have a minimum of Grade H4 in another modern continental language, or Irish, or Latin, or Greek in the Leaving Certificate Examination (or equivalent). Students wishing to take Non-Beginners' Italian are recommended to have a minimum of Grade H4 in Italian in the Leaving Certificate Examination or equivalent. For Arts entry requirements, refer to CK101.
Entry Points: CK101: 350 in 2015. CK108: 475 in 2015
Expected lecture hours:In each year of the course, students have four hours of contact per week with language tutors, and receive feedback on the exercises done outside class. In Year 1 students have a further one-hour lecture on Italian culture, supplemented by independent study of up to three hours per week.In years 2 and 3, joint honours students in Italian have four hours of lectures/seminars on culture and society, as well as required reading.
Access is also provided to an online language course, reinforcing classwork and taken whenever and wherever you have internet access, or in the language laboratories.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment.
Language skills are assessed by assignments and/or written and listening tests, which provide students with regular feedback on their progress. At the end of the semester, you take written and oral examinations.
Modules on Italian culture are assessed by a combination of in-class tests, written assignments and end-of-semester examinations. The Department of Italian places great emphasis on guiding students in the development of writing skills, and you are encouraged to engage in dialogue with lecturers during the drafting of essays and projects.
Refer to CK101and CK108. First year students choose Arts subjects when registering.
Further Contact Information
Dr Mark Chu
Head of Department
T:+ 353 (0)21 490 2486/2335
Overseas applicants may make an appointment to speak to Dr Chu by Skype (m.chu.ucc).