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Ancient History/Italian (4 years)

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
English
September 2020
17,700 GBP

Program description

Ancient History/Italian (4 years)

Our aim at School of Modern Languages and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion is to develop and educate our students to become ‘global citizens’. By combining Italian and Ancient History, you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

The Ancient History courses cover the period from the Aegean Bronze Age to the fall of the Roman Empire in the west and its survival in the east as the Byzantine Empire. There is a balance between modules covering specific historical periods and those that examine broad social and cultural topics, such as warfare, gender, religion, art, medicine and science.

This programme enables you to explore and understand Greek and Roman history, whilst developing your Italian language skills.

In addition to developing high-level Italian language skills, students gain an in-depth intercultural understanding that encompasses a specific knowledge of Italian cultures. You will develop high-level communication and critical-thinking skills, and foster resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.

Italy is a major actor on the European and world stage, possessing a rich and sophisticated culture. Italian is one of the official working languages of the European Union and the United Nations.

We offer Italian for both advanced students and beginners. In your first year, in addition to your language tuition, an introduction to Italian history and culture seeks to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies as you progress through your course.

Your understanding of the language will be further developed and refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in an Italian-speaking country at first hand.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation, which stimulates initiative and can serve as a useful preparation for postgraduate study.

It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself, it involves exploring many aspects of a country, and we aspire to offer a genuinely broad course that offers challenging and stimulating modules.

As a joint honours student, you will find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research. On completion of this four-year programme, you will have a high level of language proficiency, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of Italian history, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society.

Admission requirements

ABB-BBB Please note Critical Thinking and General Studies will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year One

Core Modules

  • Investigating the Ancient World: Skills and Evidence
  • Introduction to Italian Studies in a Transnational Context

Optional Modules

  • Advanced Italian Language (Year 1)
  • Beginners Italian Language Year 1
  • A World Full of Gods
  • Projecting the Past: Film, Media and Heritage
  • The Ancient World in 20 Objects
  • Introduction to Ancient History 1: Gods, Kings and Citizens, 1000-323 BCE
  • Introduction to Ancient History 2: Empires East and West, 323 BCE to 680 CE

Year Two

Core Modules

  • Whose ‘culture’ is it anyway? Identity, Power and Memory in C20th Italy

Optional Modules

  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 Italian
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 Italian
  • Now and Next: From Academia to Employment (20 Credits)
  • Aegean Bronze Age: Emergence to Collapse
  • Art and Archaeology of Classical Greece
  • Spatial Technologies and Geographical Information Systems
  • Reading Latin 2
  • Reading Greek 2
  • Roman Imperial History, 31BC- AD138
  • The Later Roman Empire, AD284-480
  • Tyrants, Kings and Democrats: the Rise of Classical Greece
  • Greek and Roman Medicine
  • Assyria: Life and Thought in Ancient Mesopotamia
  • Drama in Context: Ancient Greek Theatre, Politics and Society
  • The World of Cleopatra
  • Rebelling Against Rome: Local Identity and Resistance across the Roman Empire
  • Religion in Rome and Italy
  • Byzantium: the Golden Age, AD 842-1056
  • Reading Latin 1
  • Reading Greek I
  • Death and Burial in the Roman World
  • Independent 2nd Year Study
  • Pots, Poems and Pictures: Using Evidence for Ancient History
  • At Home with the Romans: Domestic Space and Society
  • Greek Warfare
  • Life in Ancient Rome
  • History and Religion of Ancient Israel

Year Three: Sandwich Year

Optional Modules

  • Sandwich Year Project (Autumn Semester)
  • Sandwich Year Project (Spring Semester)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (Italian, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (Italian, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (Italian)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (Italian)

Year Four

Core Modules

  • High-Level Proficiency in Italian Language

Optional Modules

  • Aegean Bronze Age: Emergence to Collapse
  • Art and Archaeology of Classical Greece
  • Spatial Technologies and Geographical Information Systems
  • Reading Latin 2
  • Reading Greek 2
  • Roman Imperial History, 31BC- AD138
  • The Later Roman Empire, AD284-480
  • Tyrants, Kings and Democrats: the Rise of Classical Greece
  • Greek and Roman Medicine
  • Assyria: Life and Thought in Ancient Mesopotamia
  • Drama in Context: Ancient Greek Theatre, Politics and Society
  • The World of Cleopatra
  • Rebelling Against Rome: Local Identity and Resistance across the Roman Empire
  • Religion in Rome and Italy
  • Byzantium: the Golden Age, AD 842-1056
  • Reading Latin 1
  • Reading Greek I
  • Death and Burial in the Roman World
  • Researching the Ancient World: Final Year Dissertation
  • Pots, Poems and Pictures: Using Evidence for Ancient History
  • At Home with the Romans: Domestic Space and Society
  • Life in Ancient Rome
  • Culture, Political Protest & Dissent in the 1960s
  • European Cinema: Thinking the Real of Fiction
  • Student Teaching Module
  • Final Year Dissertation - Italian (in Italian)
  • Final Year Dissertation - Italian (in English/Welsh)
  • Italian Women's Writing
  • History and Religion of Ancient Israel

 

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK & EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £17,700

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you. 

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below:

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to speak, write, and understand one or more foreign languages to a high level of competency.
  • An in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.
  • Evaluating a range of types of evidence available to ancient historians, including literary texts, inscriptions, archaeological material and visual evidence.
  • Evaluating different ways in which ancient history is presented today, such as scholarship, websites, museums and popular culture.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture, literature, and history of Italy and Italian speaking countries.
  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, in English and Italian.
  • The application of standard referencing and bibliographic conventions in ancient history, by locating passages in ancient texts, looking up examples of material evidence, and correctly formatting a bibliography.
  • Constructing an effective essay plan which summarise the arguments of others concisely and accurately.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Using a range of IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate.
  • Resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Working to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • Skills when working as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • The ability to analyse complex texts.
  • The ability to interpret and apply relevant data.
  • Practical research skills.
  • Imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.
  • Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice).
  • Creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.
  • The ability to identify, record and communicate your relevant career attainments.

Career opportunities

Career Prospects

School of Modern Languages

In 2015/16, 94% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that they take time out for more travel, or go abroad on graduation in search of employment.

Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School’s Postgraduate Taught degrees or a PGCE. Others start work immediately following their graduation, and our graduates go on to secure excellent careers in international diplomacy, the Civil Service, teaching, business and journalism. Other employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof-readers.

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

In 2015/16, 94% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify skills and attributes. History graduates find work in a wide range of related and non-related professional employment. Some choose to undertake postgraduate study at Cardiff or elsewhere, and some have become internationally reputed historians.

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