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Independent Study in Italian - LAN00075H

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

This module allows you to explore, develop and study in depth an area that is not covered in other modules in your programme, but where Italian teaching staff has expertise. It enables you to develop advanced independent research skills, in-depth knowledge and understanding of an area of language, society & culture of Italy, and extensive practice and refinement of your written Italian skills.

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Additional information

Students must have completed 40 credits of I-level modules in Italian.
Students may not undertake more than one Independent Study Module in languages.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

The aim is to allow students to develop a detailed programme of study on a topic, which, while falling within the areas where teaching staff in Italian has expertise, is beyond what is available in the teaching programme on offer to them.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • design a course of study in a chosen area of Italian
  • demonstrate an ability to read critically some of the research which has previously been undertaken in that area
  • bring to bear their prior knowledge of the society and culture of Italy
  • understand the main issues that have been raised in the literature on that topic
  • demonstrate an ability to critique and to summarise previous scholarship on the area of study
  • demonstrate an ability to communicative sophisticated ideas, complex concepts and arguments in written form in Italian

Module content

Students must have completed Language and Society II of the relevant language
NB. Students may undertake no more than one Independent Study module in languages.

Contact hours
Six contact hours to be arranged with the supervisor. A total of 194 hours of independent work is required.

Registration procedure
Students are responsible for designing a course of study, which will allow them to explore a topic area in depth. A student wishing to take such a module must consult (during the academic year prior to the final year) a member of staff with expertise in the relevant area on the feasibility of undertaking such a course of study. Students will receive information on the areas of expertise staff are willing to supervise them. Once a member of staff has agreed that they could in principle supervise such a course of study, they will provide the student with feedback on the plan they have designed. The plan must be approved by a sub-committee of the Board of Studies, no later than the term prior to that in which the module is to be undertaken.

Using the proposal form from the Department website, students should make a detailed proposal of their plans, for discussion with a potential supervisor, giving information on:

  • The content of the module
  • An outline of the work that needs to be conducted
  • A preliminary timetable for completion of the work
  • References, or a proposed bibliography, as appropriate (at least 5 titles)

Permission will not be given to students to take this module unless the supervising member of staff and the approval committee see adequate evidence that the proposed work is realistic and feasible.

NB. Until the project has been approved, students will be required to register for an alternative module.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay 4000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay 4000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work
You can expect feedback during discussion and presentation sessions as you develop your project.

Summative assessment and feedback
4000-word essay in Italian to be submitted in week 10 of term 2.
Written feedback form with a mark on the university marking scale, confirmed by the second marker; and written comments on different aspects of the work, i.e. structure, content, logic and argumentation, grammatical accuracy, examples of typical mistakes (language). Feedback will be given within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

To be determined by the student in consultation with the module supervisor.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.