Teaching is by lectures and seminars. We have extensive technical facilities, including audio, video and computer-assisted language learning.
Depending on the modules you select, assessment throughout all stages of the course varies from 100% coursework, to a combination of examination and coursework, in the ratio 50:50, 60:40, 70:30 or 80:20.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- Italian Language
- Italian and Italian Literature and cultures since unification
- Italian and Italian History
- Italian and Italian Critical Theory
- Italian and Italian Cultural Theory
- Italian and Italian civilisation and contemporary society, through first-hand experience
You develop intellectual skills in the following areas:
- Apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry
- Evaluate information critically
- Synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of the subject
- Utilise communication skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) for the coherent expression and transfer of knowledge
- Analyse, evaluate and interpret a variety of texts and other cultural products in a critical manner
- Study and reach conclusions independently
- Organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument
- Utilise problem-solving skills related to everyday and academic or professional life in a Italian-speaking country
You gain subject-specific skills in how to:
- Communicate effectively in Italian for a range of purposes and audiences
- Develop language skills in reception (listening and reading); production (speaking and writing); and mediation between at least two languages (translation and interpreting)
- Demonstrate detailed knowledge and effective understanding of the various structures and registers of Italian
- Translate accurately and efficiently into and from the target language
- Analyse critically a variety of texts be they journalistic, historical, visual or literary
- Gain intercultural awareness and competence, and an appreciation of cultural diversity
- Ability to mediate and display qualities of empathy in an intercultural context
- Acquire intercultural awareness through everyday experience of and interaction with Italian-speaking communities
You gain transferable skills in:
- Communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals using a variety of means
- Evaluate one’s own academic performance
- Problem-solving skills in a variety of theoretical and practical situations
- Accurate and effective note-taking and summarising skills
- Library and bibliographical research skills
- Take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development
- Manage time and prioritise workloads, think and perform under pressure
- Capacity for teamwork
- Leadership abilities
- Work creatively and flexibly
- Deploy a range of Information Technology skills effectively, such as word processing text with footnotes, basic formatting, using e-mail, searching databases and text-files, navigating the Web
- Develop independence and self-reliance while accommodating to and living in a Italian-speaking country
The programme aims to:
- Provide a sound grounding in the Italian language in all its aspects, through extensive reading in Italian and through the use of Italian as a spoken and written medium.
- Develop a critical awareness of the broad canon of Italian cultures since unification, i.e. since 1861.
- Develop specialist knowledge of a range of areas within the broad canon of Italian Studies.
- Train students in the field of translation from and into Italian.
- Provide a gateway to related thematic studies comprising various bodies of knowledge and methodological approaches.
- Provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and which requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge.
- Provide a means of access to intercultural awareness and understanding.
- Contribute to widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes.
- Meet the lifelong needs of a diversity of students
- Provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment both in industry and in the public sector.
- Develop general critical, analytical and problem-solving skills which can be applied in a wide range of situations.
- Facilitate students’ ability to cope independently in Italian.
- Build on close ties within Europe and elsewhere (notably in Italian-speaking countries and regions), reflecting Kent’s position as the UK’s European University.
- Aims in relation to the learning and teaching strategy:
- produce graduates of value to the region, nationally and internationally, in possession of key knowledge and skills.
- prepare students for employment or further study.
- provide learning opportunities that are enjoyable experiences, involve realistic workloads, based within a research-led framework and offer appropriate support for students from a diverse range of backgrounds.
- provide high quality teaching in supportive environments with appropriately qualified and trained staff.
- Provide students with the opportunity to spend a full academic year in Italy. They may attend one of the partner universities in Italy, work as a language assistant in a school through the British Council, or arrange suitable employment (which must be verified by the University of Kent).
- Provide students with the opportunity to improve their spoken and written language skills in educational, professional and social contexts.