The University of Edinburgh College of Humanities and Social Science Italian What is Italian? Language teaching is in small groups with native speakers. Though the learning curve is “I thoroughly enjoyed studying Studying Italian at university level offers you the steep, the sensation of making real progress in Italian at Edinburgh University. chance to become familiar with the language, culture and history of one of Europe’s most the language is very rewarding. I was originally attracted to the creative and distinctive civilisations. Throughout course because of its flexibility, In addition to linguistic training, students also its long history, impressive cultural continuity follow ‘content’ courses in history, literature and particularly in the first two years. has sat alongside spectacular political and social upheaval, affording today’s students a culture, designed not only to acquaint students The great aspect of a language unique glimpse into the dynamics of a society with aspects of Italian civilisation, but also to degree is the year abroad. I spent develop critical and technical skills in general. very different from their own. my third year studying at Bologna In the second year, students continue to refine University. Small tutorial groups Why study Italian at their language skills, whilst branching out into in fourth year at Edinburgh mean more ambitious academic study of aspects of Edinburgh? Italian literature and culture. both staff and students benefit, as Italian has been taught here officially since classes are fairly informal, fun and 1919. There has always been a strong If specialising in Italian, students normally friendly.” tradition, in Edinburgh, of the subject being spend the third year attending university delivered by a creative mix of native Italians Julia Brown, in Italy. Please see ‘Study Abroad’ section Recent Graduate in Italian and UK specialists, so as to provide a multiple overleaf. perspective, as well as a genuine feel for the language. All six full-time members of staff are Students then return in fourth year to pursue What can I study Italian Italian. Library facilities, built up over many option courses, which include: Cities in Postwar years, are excellent, and are augmented by Italian Literature; Cleaning up the Mess: with? substantial collections in the Italian Cultural Gadda, Cultural Identity and Geographical The range of joint degrees with Italian is Institute (3 minutes walk) and the National Displacement in Postwar Narrative; Hypernovel outlined in the table below. In joint Modern Library of Scotland (10 minutes walk). More from Boccaccio to Manganelli; Italo Calvino: European Language degrees, both languages students graduate in Italian from Edinburgh Four Decades of Renewal; Narrative Models: are given equal weighting. If you are taking than from any other Scottish university, and Manzoni and Verga; Italo Svevo: Fiction from European Union Studies with one or two this critical mass, coupled with the presence the Deep; Baroque: an Italian Introduction to languages, fewer of the literature options of many students from Italy, postgraduates the Universe. are studied in final year. In the case of and exchange students, means that there is [Please note: not all options are offered in any joint degrees with Italian and History of Art, a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere which one year; options will only be taught if there is History, Linguistics, or Politics, you will devote generates real enthusiasm. sufficient uptake; and also there is a limit on the approximately two-thirds of your time to Italian total number of students per option.] and one third on the other subject area. What does the programme Students following certain curricula, e.g. the One of the attractive characteristics of the MA actually involve? joint degree in Modern European Languages, degree at Edinburgh is its flexibility. It may be possible (depending on subjects chosen) to Italian can be studied here either after obtaining write a dissertation based on personal research during their final year. change curriculum after one or two years. You a recognised university entrance qualification might begin by taking courses in Italian and in the subject, or as a beginner’s course (a Spanish with Politics as an outside interest, majority of our students, and some of our best and then decide after first year to specialise in graduates, are beginners). In either case, the Politics rather than languages or vice versa. first year lays a heavy emphasis on practical The final choice of which subjects to study in language acquisition, both for reading and fourth year is usually made at the end of the writing, and for speaking. second year. Degrees in Humanities and Social Science MA Honours in: Italian and Philosophy Italian Italian and Politics Italian and Business Studies Italian and Social Policy Italian and Classics International Business with a Language Italian and English Language Modern European Languages* Italian and English Literature Modern European Languages and Italian and History European Union Studies* Italian and History of Art Italian and Linguistics * Any two of: French, German, Italian, Russian Studies, Scandinavian Studies (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish) or Spanish. (Please see separate information sheet on Modern European Languages.) The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336 Italian What sort of teaching and Are there any opportunities What can I do after my assessment methods are to study abroad? degree? If you are studying Italian to degree level, you Because students get an all-round exposure to used? will be required to spend time abroad during language, literature, history, film, popular culture Teaching for language is invariably in small your third year. Though regulations vary and politics, a wide range of occupations and groups for face-to-face work (most of your between different combinations, the general vocational training opportunities are open to contact hours will be of this kind), and is picture is that those studying just Italian, or them. Employment destinations for recent reinforced by supervised computer-assisted Italian with another non-language subject, graduates include: banking, journalism, the learning, where assistance from native will spend the entire academic year in Italy, legal profession, international aid organisation, speakers is on hand. For the content courses, studying at a university. Those studying two the civil service, publishing, information a mixture of lectures and seminars are offered. languages will split their residence between the technology and all areas of teaching and The average intake in first year is about 80 two countries. research. Career paths of recent graduates students, so even lectures are not huge include: and impersonal, and you may well find your Italian at Edinburgh has Erasmus/Socrates lecturers engaging in dialogue with you in links with Bologna, Milan, Venice and Verona, Guyda Armstrong, MA Italian, PhD Italian, lectures. In the second year groups are smaller, but students are permitted to study elsewhere Lecturer in Italian Studies, Manchester; typically no bigger than 30-40 for lectures, (and frequently do). Italian university life is very and much smaller for language and other different from that in the UK, and the challenge Julie Hunter, MA Italian, Marketing Manager, practical classes. In final year all classes are of studying in this new environment is an Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, Edinburgh; small, typically 9-12 students. The high staff/ integral part of the learning process. Students student ratio means you get a lot of attention, come back with impressive fluency and much Joanne Naysmith, MA General, PGCE, but equally it means that you have to be well enhanced survival skills. Secondary School Teacher (Italian and French); prepared and willing to engage in discussion. Administrative Secretary, European Languages Many degree combinations will require you and Cultures, University of Edinburgh; to submit a dissertation, based upon original research. Students are individually supervised Are there any bursaries or Angelo di Placido, MA General, Entrepreneur. for this activity. scholarships available? Assessment is by regular tests in class, by Students who successfully apply for an essays which count towards continuous Erasmus exchange place at a European How do I find out more? assessment, and also by summer examination. university receive a limited amount of financial For further information about courses in Italian, support from the European Community. please contact: The final degree marks are based on the year abroad mark or dissertation, and on fourth The Secretary (SRA) year work as follows: language is assessed Italian Teaching Office by class-tests (30%) and by the final end of 59 George Square year examinations (70%); content courses are Edinburgh assessed on the basis of one long or two short EH8 9JU essays (30%) and final examination (70%). Telephone: 0131 650 4026 Email: Italian@ed.ac.uk Web: www.selc.ed.ac.uk For more detailed information on degree structure and content, please see: www.sra.ed.ac.uk/drps (May 2010) Typical degree curriculum: MA Single Honours in Italian 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year Printed on recycled paper for Student Recruitment and Admissions – www.sra.ed.ac.uk Italian 1 Italian 2 8 months residence Italian 4 Honours Two other subjects One of last year’s subjects abroad (including 4 content options) One additional content course in Italian Studies Plus a half course in European Cinema or European Medieval Literature Typical degree curriculum: MA Honours in Modern European Languages 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year Italian 1 Italian 2 8 months residence 4th year courses in both Second Language 1 Second Language 2 abroad languages An outside subject e.g. Philosophy, Half course in each language Social Anthropology or Politics Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this leaflet at the time of going to press. However, it will not form part of a contract between the University and a student or applicant and must be read in conjunction with the Terms and Conditions of Admission set out in the Undergraduate Prospectus.