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English Literature/Italian (4 years)

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
English
September 2020
Application deadline: International students 30 June
18,200 GBP

Program description

English Literature/Italian (4 years)

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy is to develop and educate our students to become ‘global citizens’.  By combining Italian and English Literature 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.

English literature at Cardiff has long enjoyed an international reputation for its teaching and research. But more than this – we pride ourselves on nurturing a friendly, personalised and supportive environment for our students. We aim for the best and for success in all we do.

Our curriculum offers access to the whole span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century. Nor is the curriculum restricted to the printed word – we are intrigued by the connections between literature and film, art, music, history, language and popular culture, and our teaching reflects these interests.

There are no compulsory modules in English literature at Cardiff after year one. We give you choice – but we also give you the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions from a diverse range of options which includes creative writing.

In addition to developing high-level language skills, you will gain an in-depth intercultural understanding that encompasses a specific knowledge of Italian cultures and high-level communication and critical-thinking skills, which 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 community and still a global language of culture and diplomacy.

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

Typical A level offer

ABB-BBB including English Literature or English Literature and Language or Creative Writing . Applicants holding a B in Italian will have access to the Languages advanced pathway. Please note that 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

  • Introduction to Italian Studies in a Transnational Context
  • Critical Reading and Critical Writing
  • Advanced Italian Language (Year 1)
  • Beginners Italian Language Year 1
  • Drama: Stage and Page
  • Star-cross'd Lovers: the Politics of Desire
  • Transforming Visions: Text and Image
  • Transgressive Bodies in Medieval Literature
  • Ways of Reading
  • Whose ‘culture’ is it anyway? Identity, Power and Memory in C20th Italy
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 Italian
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 Italian
  • Style and Genre
  • The Robin Hood Tradition 
  • Modernist Fictions
  • Children's Literature: Form and Function
  • Introduction to Romantic Poetry
  • African-American Literature
  • Modernism and the City
  • Gothic Fiction: The Romantic Age
  • Social Politics and National Style: American Fiction and Form, 1920-1940
  • Literature and Science
  • Dickens in Many Media
  • Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Women Writers
  • Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories 
  • Contemporary Poetry: Tradition and Innovation
  • Girls
  • Object Women in Literature and Film
  • Renaissance Poetry, Prose and Drama: The Principal Genres, Issues and Authors
  • Decadent Men, 1890s-1910s: Wilde to Forster 
  • Chaucer's Gender Politics: Chivalry, Sex and Subversion in the Canterbury Tales
  • Contemporary British Fictions
  • Experimental Early Modern Drama
  • Writing Mourning
  • Philosophy and Literature 
  • Jane Austen in Context
  • ENCAP Employability Module
  • 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)
  • High-Level Proficiency in Italian Language
  • 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
  • The Graphic Memoir
  • Fictive Histories/Historical Fictions
  • Dissertation
  • Hitchcock
  • Modern Drama: Page, Stage, Screen
  • Gender and Monstrosity: Late/Neo Victorian
  • Utopia: Suffrage to Cyberpunk
  • Second-generation Romantic Poets
  • Bluestockings, Britannia, Unsexed Females: Women in Public Life, 1770-1800
  • Gothic Fiction: The Victorians
  • Poetry in the Making: Modern Literary Manuscripts
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Visions of Past and Future in Children's Literature
  • Island Stories: Literatures of the North Atlantic 
  • Medieval Romance: Monsters and Magic
  • John Milton
  • The American Short Story 
  • Apocalypse Then and Now
  • Criminal Shakespeare
  • Scandal and Outrage: Controversial Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
  • Representing Race in Contemporary America 
  • Love, Death and Marriage in Renaissance Drama
  • Visuality, Culture and Technology

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £18,200

Scholarships & funding

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

Qualification

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.
  • The ability to read texts closely and critically with a clear understanding of how form, genre, and style inform meaning.
  • Independent, informed interpretations of individual texts.
  • The ability to formulate and write clear, grammatical, and independent, argumentative literary analyses.
  • The ability to synthesise and present a diverse range of materials.

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.
  • Critical reading, independent research, and writing skills.
  • Skills in literary analysis, interpretative reading, and written expression.
  • Analytical skills and developing instinct towards independent and informed, researched interpretation.

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

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 studies, 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.

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