Italian Dissertation - IT503

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) DR F Capello


Students must take at least 60 credits of Culture and Literature in Italian, including this module, across Stage 2 and Stage 3.





This 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:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 8

Method of assessment

100% Coursework:

Dissertation (8,000 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)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

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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