Italian and Japanese (BA)
Italian and Japanese BA (joint honours) gives students the opportunity to combine the study of two important world languages.
The School of Modern Languages aims to develop and educate its students to become 'global citizens'. With in depth study of both Italian and Japanese, two major world languages, graduates will be competitive and attractive within an increasingly global workforce. You will develop high-level language skills in both languages, and achieve near-native competency, along with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of aspects of the culture, literature, history, politics and society of Italy and Japan.
Italy possesses one of the major cultural, artistic and historical traditions in Europe and has played a unique role in the development of fine art, architecture, film and music.
Japan is one of the most powerful economies in the world, with Japanese businesses and organisations continuing to be in need of English-speaking graduates who can understand Japanese and who are knowledgeable of Japanese culture and society.
This course will enable you to develop your writing, oral and aural skills through a range of learning activities, and using a variety of audio-visual materials including websites, films and new learning technologies.
It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself. It involves exploring many aspects of a country and its cultures, literature and cinema, history, social structures, politics and institutions.
The third year of your course will be spent abroad: one full semester in Italy, followed by an approximately three-month placement in Japan. These placements abroad will provide you with the opportunity to truly immerse yourself into the language and culture of both countries.
|Entry point||September 2016|
|Typical places available||The School of Modern Languages typically has 185 places available|
|Typical applications received||The School of Modern Languages typically receives 600 applications|
|Typical A level offer||AAB including a modern foreign language.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grade A in the Core plus grades AB at A Level (incl A in Italian)|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||Considered on individual merit|
|Other qualifications||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here.|
Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
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Professor Fabio Vighi, Admissions Tutor
Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.
This is a four year degree of which the third year is spent in Japan and Italy.
In Year 1, you take credits in Italian and Japanese, including a language modules at either advanced or beginners level.
As such, our ‘Key optional modules’ below indicate the modules you would be required to study depending on your subject specific A-levels as outlined above. ’Further optional modules’ are optional modules not tied to your entry pathway.
Students of this course can choose to study modules outside of their allocated School(s) core and optional modules. These can be chosen from modules from participating Academic Schools.
In the second year you will take further modules in Japanese, which are designed to increase the facility with which you can comprehend and use more advanced Japanese. At the same time, your knowledge of Japan and Japanese society is increased through lectures and seminars on modern Japanese society. The remainder of your modules will be taken from modules covering the Italian language as well as cultural modules relating to Italy.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Innovations in European Literature||ML1298||20 credits|
|Principles of Translation Theory||ML2299||20 credits|
|Italian Language Year 2 (Ex-Advanced)||ML8299||20 credits|
|Dante: The Journey And The Mission||ML8294||20 credits|
|History Of Art From Middle Ages To The Renaissance||ML8292||20 credits|
|Italian Language Year 2 (Ex-Beginners)||ML8296||20 credits|
|Introduction to Specialised Translation (Italian)||ML2296||20 credits|
|Memories of Fascism||ML8293||20 credits|
|At the Roots of European Cultures||ML1295||20 credits|
Year three: Sandwich year
In the third year of study, you will spend approximately half the year in the relevant European country and half in Japan. The time in Japan is spent studying in a Japanese university with which the Centre has an exchange agreement. By this stage you should have a sufficient command of the spoken language to operate comfortably in Japan and gain the maximum benefit from your period of study there.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad - Study Abroad (Italian)||ML8099||60 credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad- Semester Work placement abroad (Italian)||ML8097||60 credits|
|Study Programme in Japan||ML4007||60 credits|
You will then return to Cardiff for the final year to take a further modules in Japanese. More advanced study of the Japanese language during this year is accompanied by study of a key aspect of modern Japan.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Italian for professional purposes||ML8386||20 credits|
|Twentieth Century Italian Women's Writing||ML8391||20 credits|
|May 68. Marking Changes in European Politics and Culture||ML1399||20 credits|
|Translation as a Profession||ML2393||20 credits|
|Dissertation (Italian-JH)||ML8387||20 credits|
|Advanced Translation Practice (Italian)||ML8389||20 credits|
|Joint Honours Italian Dissertation IN ITALIAN||ML8385||20 credits|
|European Cinema: thinking the real of fiction||ML2302||20 credits|
|Dissertation/Project (Translation)||ML2389||20 credits|
|Advanced Readings in Japanese Business||ML5438||20 credits|
|Advanced Japanese Studies||ML5439||20 credits|
|Student Language Ambassador||ML1398||20 credits|
Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping students to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop their own ideas.
Seminars provide an opportunity for students to explore the ideas outlined in the lecture in a small group environment. Seminars would usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small group work and student-led presentations. Seminars offer a rewarding opportunity to engage critically with the key ideas and reading of a topic, and to explore areas of particular interest with an expert in the field. It is vital that students prepare for seminars (undertaking any set reading, developing independent critical thought) in order to gain the maximum benefit from the sessions.
Lectures and seminars enable students to develop communication and analytical skills, and to develop critical thinking in a supportive environment.
Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing students’ capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enables students to produce their best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling students to develop their strengths and address any weaker areas.
Dissertation: The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and thereby to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study; to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material; and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.
Pastoral Care: You will be allocated a personal tutor for the entire period you are at the University. Personal tutors are members of the academic staff who are available to students seeking advice, guidance and help.
In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
The destinations from the School are often international in nature, with many graduates enjoying their overseas student experience to such an extent that they opt to take time out to travel further, or go abroad on graduation in the hope of securing employment.
Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many start work immediately following their studies. Their employment options are varied and many opt to utilise the language skills that they have developed over their degree, in roles such as Translators, Language Assistants, Export Assistants and Proofreaders, working with their languages in organisations such as Bearmach Ltd, the British Council, Global Response and Inter Global.
- Finance and Banking
In 2013/14, 95% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
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 MA degrees in European Studies or Translation or a PGCE. Others start work immediately following their graduation, and their employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof-readers, working with their languages in organisations such as Bearmach Ltd, the British Council, Global Response and Inter Global.
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Overview and aims of this course/programme
The School of Modern Languages aims to develop and educate its students to become ‘global citizens’. With in-depth study of both Italian and Japanese, two major world languages, graduates will be competitive and attractive within an increasingly global workforce.
From Roman times the Italian contribution to world culture has been enormous as it is obvious to anyone who steps foot in the country, however briefly. But Italy is not just a country of singular cultural importance. It is a major political partner in the European Union, and it is a leading force in fields such as engineering and architecture. It is the home of the design and fashion industries.
Japan is one of the most powerful economies in the world, with Japanese businesses and organisations continuing to need English-speaking graduates who can understand Japanese and who are knowledgeable of Japanese culture and society.
We offer Italian and Japanese for both advanced students and beginners. In terms of language acquisition, this course will enable you to develop your writing, oral and aural skills through a range of learning activities, and using a variety of audio-visual materials. In your first year, in addition to your language tuition, an introduction to Italian and Japanese history and culture seeks to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies as you progress through your course
It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself. It involves exploring many aspects of a country and its culture, its social structures and institutions, politics, history, literature and cinema. Through the study of such areas you are able to gain a better understanding of both Italian and Japanese culture and how it has evolved over the centuries, becoming what it is today.
What should I know about year five?
How is this course/programme structured?
This full-time course lasts for four years with two semesters per year. There are 120 credits a year split equally between your two language choices. Most modules are worth 20 credits. The third year is spent abroad.
What should I know about year four?
In your final year you will take 60 credits in Italian and 60 credits in Japanese.
We no longer distinguish between beginner and advanced students in the final year and all students take the same language modules. You will refine your linguistic skills in terms of expression and translation, and specialise in your areas of interest by choosing specialised module options.
Our final year dissertation module gives you the option to write a dissertation to specialise in an area of your choice and extend your research and analytical skills.
The availability of option modules may vary from year to year.
What should I know about year three?
In year three you will spend one semester in Italy and one in Japan, immersed in the languages. Your options include studying at one of our partner universities, working as an English assistant in a school through the British Council Scheme, or working for an organisation or company.
If you choose the study option, we have established academic links with universities in Milan, Pavia, Parma, Pisa, Verona, Trento, Venice, Florence and Catania. In Japan we have exchange programmes in cities which include Toyko, Soka, Kobe, Hiroshima and Kyoto.
Placements for teaching assistants on a scheme run by the British Council can take you to either a major city or a small rural town. This option provides first-hand teaching experience and allows you to earn a salary sufficient to live on, although you only work on a part time basis. Prior to the start of your placement, the British Council provides a training weekend in the destination country. In addition, the school you have been assigned to should also gide you in your role as a teacher and help you to find a place to live.
The third option consists of a work placement with an organisation or company in the Italian or Japanese speaking world. You also have the possibility of taking a placement in an organisation or company. The necessary arrangements can be made through personal contacts you may have or by approaching organisations directly. In order to ensure that your work placement affords you plenty of opportunity to speak Italian/Japanese and provides you with a beneficial experience, such arrangements will require prior approval by the School.
Any student who undertakes a study placement or a traineeship/work placement in Europe is eligible to apply for an Erasmus grant.
The year abroad is a great opportunity for you to improve your Italian and Japanese, immerse yourself in another culture, and gain international study or work experience.
While you are away from Cardiff, you will be assigned a year abroad coordinator, who will keep in touch with you and monitor your progress. You may even get a visit from one of your lecturers who will be keen to find out how you are getting on.
Final year students are usually happy to help with our regular year abroad briefings and have contributed to our extensive ‘year abroad module’ on Learning Central which provides you with student-centered advice throughout your year abroad.
What should I know about the preliminary year?
What should I know about year one?
In year one, you will take 60 credits in Italian and 60 credits in Japanese, including language modules at either advanced or beginner’s level.
The first year of this programme provides a thorough foundation in the grammar of the language for those students on the beginners pathway, and develops the linguistic skills for post A-level students on the advanced pathway.
In addition to your language tuition, an introduction to Italian and Japanese history and culture modules seek to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies.
The distinctive features of the course include:
- core modules that provide a solid base for all, but them allow you, with advice from your personal tutor, to carve out a programme that will best fit your interests and career aspirations
- research-led teaching allowing you to engage with new ideas that are helping to shape the future of Italian and Japanese studies
- a pathway into this degree for beginners who do not have an A- level in either Italian or Japanese
- a year abroad split between Italy and Japan.
How will I be taught?
We offer a supportive learning environment, where you are enabled to acquire a range of skills and a wealth of specialist knowledge. Our courses foster intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, close analysis, evaluating evidence, constructing arguments, using theory and the effective deployment of language in writing and in debate. We also help you gain experience in team working, independent research and time management.
You will be taught both by lecture and seminar. Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures.
Seminars usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations.
Professor Fabio Vighi, Admissions Tutor
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