Students must take at least 60 credits of Culture and Literature in Italian, including this module, across Stage 2 and Stage 3.
OverviewThis module may only be taken provided that other Italian non-language units are being followed throughout the final year. The subject of the Essay will be agreed between the student and a supervisor appointed by the Section; it will normally arise from work done either in other Stage 2 and 3 Italian non-language modules or during the year abroad, but other topics are not necessarily excluded. It will be based on the student's own research under the guidance of a supervisor.
This module appears in:
Total Contact Hours: 8
Method of assessment
Dissertation (8,000 words) – 100%
This will depend on the subject matter and the advice of the supervisor.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Show an ability to undertake independent research, present information on the chosen subject, and show detailed knowledge of primary Italian sources.
- Understand the technical and ethical issues in the collection, handling and storing of data.
- Evaluate and interpret data, develop lines of argument, and make sound judgments in accordance with the central theories and analytical concepts in language studies and its sub-fields.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the main methods of enquiry and analysis in language-related studies.
- Demonstrate in-depth and advanced subject knowledge of a particular area of Italian Studies.
- Engage in critical reflection, verbal discussion and cogent written and interpretative analysis of key material.
- Assess the merits of contrasting theories and explanations, including those from other disciplines, and appreciate the limitations and ambiguities surrounding the subject.