Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Directed Studies in Italian

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DESCRIPTION This Study-unit is meant to prepare the students for their MA dissertation at the end of the second year of study. Students will be prepared via a series of readings coordinated by the Head of Department and the tutor of the dissertation: for the nature of the study-unit, students will meet their supervisor on individual basis in order to deepen and broaden their skills and knowledge of a specific subject.

Study-unit Aims:

- To verify and test the knowledge of the students during the MA programme in Italian studies;
- To introduce students to elaborate topics with which they will engage in a rigorous fashion;
- To prepare students to write their MA dissertation.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Manifest a strong critical awareness on a wide range of subjects in an academically rigorous style;
- Use different critical and theoretical approaches in fields such as literature, linguistics, film studies, theatre studies.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Write articulated essays and papers on subjects related to the main dissertation;
- Link interrelated topics from different eras;
- Express eloquently and with critical acumen notions pertaining to the disciplines studied in the two-year programme.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

A reading list will be provided to the students which will be determined by the topic of the dissertation.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Long Essay See note below Yes 100%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.


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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.