Italian MA

Italian Senior Honours Language Project: Contemporary Society ITALIAN4006

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course allows students to engage in a structured written reflection in Italian on a selected issue in contemporary society and current affairs as seen from an Italian perspective, while drawing on a range of research resources.



Excluded Courses





Written assignment in Italian (2000 words)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ select and research a topic relating to contemporary society and current affairs as seen from an Italian perspective;

■ complete an independent study in Italian on this topic;

■ carry out individual research using library resources and other research tools independently;

■ construct and present written arguments in Italian on their chosen topic;

■ develop good academic practice regarding use of sources and references to sources.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

■ formulate a coherent research topic relating to contemporary society and current affairs as seen from an Italian perspective;

■ select and evaluate relevant bibliographic and other resources;

■ articulate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the chosen topic, arguing and synthesizing clearly and coherently in formal Italian;

■ use a range of advanced syntactic, idiomatic and lexical aspects of Italian in presenting the argument;

■ support arguments with appropriate references to relevant sources.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.