Italian Dissertation - IT503

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) DR F Capello







This module is intended to introduce undergraduate students to research. As such, it provides an opportunity to work on a topic of their own choosing relating to Italian language, culture or literature. Originality and feasibility are important aspects of writing dissertations and topics will be scrutinised and approved by Italian staff before research can begin. Students can expect guidance from the module convenor and an academic supervisor throughout the process, varying from one-to-one tutorials to classes on how to edit your own prose. There will also be a meeting regarding the Dissertation at the end of the Spring term of the previous year to clarify arrangements and to outline what work is required on this module.
The programme document with regulations is sent to all students at the end of the Spring term of Stage 2. Students are invited to suggest titles for comment, for which tutors are allocated. They are advised to do preliminary reading over the summer based on generic advice of the module convenor. They then choose precise topics in consultation with the convenor and personal tutors at the start of the Autumn term.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 8

Method of assessment

Dissertation (10,000 words) – 100%

Indicative reading

This will depend on the subject matter and the advice of the supervisor.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

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.

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