Introduction to Italian Culture and Language

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Italian Culture and Language

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, Italian

  • Language Level


  • Prerequisites

    Italian students must have at least one year of Italian or the equivalent in order to register for this course.

    This course is a full year in duration and may not be taken by students attending one semester only.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This is a year-long course which is divided into two parts:

    ? Part One: Introduction to Italian Culture
    Course description:
    This course is designed to give students an idea of some of the main trends in Italian history, society and culture. It gives students a better understanding of the country behind the Italian language and gives a context to many issues students will encounter in Italian society today.
    The course also aims to give students a grounding in research skills which will help them in their time at university. In order to achieve this student are given various tasks during the year, some to be done in an individual capacity, others to be completed in groups. These tasks are intended to introduce students to the many areas of research available to them, from the library, to the web, from group work to individual analysis. Students will also be taught how to write a critical commentary on a film and further instruction will be given on how to write and reference sources. There is no written exam in the summer for this course.

    Methods of assessment and examination:
    Library worksheet ? 15%
    History Quiz ? 20%
    Cinema Assignment ? 35%
    Internet Project ? 30%
    Language of instruction: English

    Handouts and reading lists will be supplied where necessary.

    All assignments for this course must be submitted to the Italian Department Secretary, (Ms. M. Logan , Room 310, Arts Millennium Building, top floor), and students must sign the register to show that their essay(s) have been received.
    Note - essays sent by e-mail will NOT BE ACCEPTED.

    Language of instruction: English

    ? Part Two: Introduction to Spoken Italian
    Students choose a conversation class which fits in with their timetable from the three classes available.

    Course description: This course helps students to develop their spoken Italian so that at the end of the year they are able to conduct a conversation in Italian.

    Method of assessment and examination:
    Attendance and participation in conversation classes (20%) and an end of year oral exam (80%)

    Languages of instruction:

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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