Italian and Politics (BA)
Expertise in politics and government combined with fluency in Italian opens the door to a wide variety of career paths.
Students on this programme can choose from the full range of Politics modules, while expert language training is accompanied by optional modules on Italian society and culture. A particular feature of this four-year degree is the Year Abroad which takes place in your third year. You will spend your third year in an Italian-speaking country in order to practise and improve your language skills.
In your first year you will concentrate on core modules plus your chosen language, Italian. In your second and final years you will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of optional modules.
Politics as an area of study develops your knowledge and understanding of governments, governance and societies. Politics is central to our everyday lives. It explores people and power and involves drama and events of great significance both today and historically. Think of the electoral struggle between Left and Right, the power play of the Cold War, and the great enterprise of European integration. Studying for a politics degree means investigating how politics works as it does and delves into how parliaments and governments function while also allowing you to evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy and accountability.
Italy possesses one of the major literary, historical and legal traditions in Western Europe, and has played a unique role in the development of fine art, cinema, architecture and music. From Roman times the Italian contribution to world culture has been enormous. It is a major political partner in the European Union, a leading force in fields such as engineering and architecture, and the home of the design and fashion industries.
|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|
|Scholarships and bursaries||http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships|
|Typical A level offer||ABB including a B in a foreign language (excluding General Studies).|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grade A in the Core and grades BB at GCE A-level, to include a Modern Foreign Language.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||32 points overall (including 5 in a language at higher level).|
|Other qualifications||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.|
Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
|QAA subject benchmark|
Politics and International Relations, Languages and Related Studies
Professor Fabio Vighi , Admissions Tutor
The first year is an introductory year. It is the results of the second and final years of study that determine your degree classification. The degree is made up of compulsory modules as well as optional modules, allowing you to tailor it to reflect your specific interests. A particular feature is the option of writing a dissertation in your final year. This is highly regarded by employers because it indicates that you can do original research.
Students of this course study 60 credits from the School of Modern Languages and 60 credits in Politics.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Italian Language (Year 1) Advanced||ML3101||20 credits|
|Italian Language (Year 1) Beginners||ML3102||20 credits|
|Introduction to Government||PL9199||20 credits|
|Introduction to Political Thought||PL9196||20 credits|
|Y Da, Drwg a'r Gwleidyddol - The Good, the Bad and the Political||PL9193||20 credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Introduction to Translation Theory||ML8101||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (French)||ML8102||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (German)||ML8104||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (Italian)||ML8105||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (Spanish)||ML8106||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (Japanese)||ML8107||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (Portuguese)||ML8108||20 credits|
Year 2 you choose three Politics and three Italian modules
Year three: Sandwich year
Your third year will be spent abroad in an Italian speaking country. You can either study at one of our partner universities or work for an Italian speaking organisation. Your Year Abroad coordinator will keep in touch with you and monitor your progress throughout your time away.
The University has established academic links with universities in Milan, Pavia, Parma, Pisa, Verona, Trento, Venice and Catania. All students on a Socrates exchange receive an Erasmus grant for each semester they spend in Italy.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad - Study Abroad (Italian)||ML8099||60 credits|
|Intercalary Year Abroad- Full Year Work placement abroad (Italian)||ML8096||120 credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad- Semester Work placement abroad (Italian)||ML8097||60 credits|
|Intercalary Year Abroad-Study Abroad-Full Year (Italian)||ML8098||120 credits|
In your final year you choose three Politics and three Italian modules, including the option of doing a dissertation.
Lectures provide a broad structure for each subject, introduce key concepts, and convey relevant up-to-date information. These are outlined in course syllabi.
Seminars provide an opportunity to ask questions and discuss key ideas in a small group environment. Their purpose is to assist you to integrate the information and ideas you receive from lectures and readings and to explore issues critically and in depth. Set questions and readings form the basis for discussion by directing your attention to relevant aspects of the subject matter and to various types of sources of information. Giving presentations develops your capacity to gather, organise and synthesise relevant information and ideas and to communicate these in a logical and concise manner. Tutor-led and student-led discussion hones logical skills and gives you practice in applying different concepts, theories and methods to the subject-matter at hand. It also exposes you to different interpretations of political ideas and events. Group problem-solving helps to develop collaborative skills.
Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Prior advice and written feedback (for essays) are used to help you understand what is required.
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.
School of Modern Languages
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.
School of Law and Politics - Politics
In 2013/14, 96% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
Politics at Cardiff is a respected recruitment pool for a variety of employers within this sector with the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, the Department for Education, Oxford City Council, the UK Border Agency and a range of political parties all recruiting from the last graduating year.
Outside of the political sector, the degree is of interest to employers in both the public and private sectors, with graduates taking up management training opportunities within EY, Enterprise Rent A Car, Zurich Insurance and King Worldwide.
The School of European Languages, Translation and Politics admits around 230 students every year to its undergraduate degree programmes.
The School of European Languages, Translation and Politics = 1300
QAA subject benchmark
|QAA subject benchmark|
Politics and International Relations, Languages and Related Studies
What are the aims of this Programme?
Italian at Cardiff can be taken at beginners or advanced level. First and foremost, studying for a degree in Italian involves dedicating yourself to learning the language. At Cardiff, we place great emphasis on strengthening reading, writing, oral and aural skills, which are vital communication skills. As regards the language, there are two routes in the first and second years, one for students who are beginners of Italian, and the other for students who are advanced. Both routes will include option modules in the fields of film, literature, history of art, politics and history. Italian language is a core module throughout your course.
It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself. It involves examining many aspects of a country and its culture, its social structures and institutions, politics, history, literature and cinema. Through the study of such areas students are able to gain a better understanding of Italian culture and of how Italy has evolved over the centuries, becoming what it is today. If you study Italian, your career prospects will be enhanced, as the number of jobs for which knowledge of Italian is needed is on the increase. Opportunities exist not only in teaching, museum work and the fine arts, but also in banking, insurance, marketing, publishing, the media, the civil service, all branches of tourism and the higher echelons of the administrative fields. There has been a recent upsurge in career opportunities for graduates in Italian in the commercial and institutional links within the European Union.
Politics at Cardiff is an exciting, extensive and challenging academic programme which covers a broad range of areas in the study of Politics, including International Relations, Political theory, European Union, domestic political systems and public policy.
Our students can study not just Single Honours Politics, but also International Relations & Politics and Joint Honours Politics with a wide range of other subjects, including Law, Economics, Sociology, History, Languages and other Arts subjects. Further our Cardiff-Bordeaux programme, which is an innovative four-year scheme, allows students to obtain both a Cardiff Politics Bachelor's degree and a Bordeaux Politics diplomafrom the prestigious Sciences Po in Bordeaux (one of nine Instituts d'Etudes Politiques in France).
In the Politics programme we aim at
· Providing a flexible structure that facilitates a broad and balanced education in the key areas of politics
· Producing graduates with the intellectual and employability skills appropriate both for further study and for a range of working environments
· Providing opportunities for students to fulfil their academic potential, acquire research and transferable skills, maximise their career potential and achieve personal growth
· Providing students with a sound basis of knowledge, understanding and skills in the main areas of politics.
A degree in politics from Cardiff is highly respected by employers, both within the political environment and outside. Our graduates are able to demonstrate a wide portfolio of acquired skills, such as oral and written communication skills, research skills and analysis, teamwork, self-management and problem solving skills which are in demand across both public and private sectors.
What is expected of me?
The teaching sessions on the Italian programme are interactive. Students are expected to attend all of their classes (whether lectures, seminars or other sessions). The Italian modules are each worth 20 credits. Each 20-credit module will require at least two hundred hours of study, including the hours spent attending classes, individual study, preparing assessments and/or taking exams and tests. It is essential that students complement the class activities with extensive reading outside the classroom, following both their tutors’ leads and their own specific interest in the topics studied.
Students and staff alike are expected to adhere to Cardiff University's Dignity at Work and Study Policy. You should develop a professional attitude to your work, including attending personal tutoring sessions, checking your e-mails regularly, and responding to them as required, being punctual in attending classes, and informing the School when you are absent. The School of European Languages, Translation and Politics is committed to assisting you throughout your studies, so if anything concerns you, remember to let us know. We will respect confidentiality at all times.
· Attend all Lectures and seminars
· Engage with all forms of in-course assessment to allow self-reflection on progress towards the learning outcomes
· Engage in independent study in addition to taught study. Increasing independence of learning is expected as the programme progresses
· To complete the required reading and self-directed study.
· Students are expected to adhere to the Cardiff University policy on Dignity at Work and Study.
How is this Programme Structured?
The BA Joint Honours in Italian and Politics is a four-year degree programme. It is structured so that students acquire in successive years near-native language competency and the skills to become independent researchers, equipped for high-level professional employment.
The programme is offered in full-time mode. In Year 1, 40 credits are studied in Italian. In Year 2 and 4, 60 credits are studied in Italian. The third Year is a year spent studying or working abroad in Italy and it is compulsory, and it is 120 credits. Year 1, 2 and 4 each contain a 20-credit core Italian language module. In Year 4, students must also choose 20 credits in either Italian for Professional Purposes or Advanced Translation Practice.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this Programme?
What the student should provide:
Bilingual and monolingual Dictionaries, course texts and set texts (details provided in the relevant course kits).
What the University will provide:
Library resources, computers, linguistic software.
What skills will I practise and develop?
The Italian degree programme will allow you to develop a number of valuable skills, both specific to Italian and relevant to your future workplace. These include the following skills: communicate and present information, thoughts and arguments (both spoken and written, individually or as part of a team); use of information technology (linguistic software, word processors, databases, the web); analyse and present numeric information; working in a group and developing interpersonal skills; identifying, recording and communicating relevant attainments for career purposes; managing your own learning (including time management); demonstrating a commitment to continuous learning and development. Through the medium of the dissertation option you will gain confidence when working on your own and experience a wide range of practical research skills. Sessions with a supervisor will allow you to develop discussion skills in detail and to develop original ideas.
This degree programme will allow you to develop a number of valuable skills. Students who are awarded a Single or Joint Honours Politics degree will be able to:
· Gather, organize and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of sources;
· Develop a reasoned argument, synthesize relevant information and exercise critical judgement;
· Reflect on their own learning and make use of constructive feedback;
· Manage their own learning self-critically.
· Communicate ideas effectively and fluently, both orally and in writing;
· Use communications and information technologies for the retrieval and presentation of information;
· Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time-management;
· Collaborate with others and contribute to the achievement of common goals.
How will I be taught?
Delivery will be via lectures, seminar preparation and participation, independent and guided study, independent reading, preparation of essays and presentations, feedback on essays and presentations, and revision sessions for examinations.
Students will also benefit from regular feedback from their Personal Tutor at key moments of their language degree.
The Politics programme uses several different methods of teaching and learning. During your degree, you will attend lectures and participate in seminars. The lectures provide a broad structure for each subject, introduce key concepts, and convey relevant up-to-date information. These are outlined in course syllabi. The Seminars are kept small and usually average between 12-15 students. It provides an opportunity for students to ask questions and discuss key ideas in a small group environment. Their purpose is to assist students to integrate the information and ideas received from lectures and readings and to explore issues critically and in depth. The seminars are also designed to give students an ample opportunity to participate and to provide close contact between them and members of the academic staff.
Furthermore, the programme is delivered through students’ independent reading, preparation of essays and presentations, as well as feedback on essays and presentations by academic staff.
We also host guest lectures, as an extracurricular activity, which features visiting guest speakers, usually eminent practitioners and academics involved in various aspects of international relations and politics.
How will I be assessed?
While studying for a BA Joint Honour degree you will be assessed through each of the following methods:
· class tests (continuous assessment)
· written exams
· oral exams
· oral presentations
There will also be opportunities to prepare formative tasks. These are tasks that are not counted in determining your final mark, but give you an opportunity to have feedback on your progress. These tasks can be oral presentations in seminars, essay plans, short written pieces or computer tasks.
Students will receive written feedback on written assessments, and oral feedback on assessed presentations and their contributions to seminars. The opportunity to understand and use feedback constructively will also be provided through regular meetings with Personal Tutors at key moments every year.
These programmes are assessed mainly by essays and examinations. Other forms of assessment include seminar presentations, class tests, book and article reviews, and dissertation.
Formative feedback is given in tutorials, discussion classes and problems classes as well as through individual written comments on coursework.
How will I be supported?
We support students in several ways. Initially, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will meet with you whenever needed to discuss your progress and any other matters arising. You will receive prompt feedback on all your assessments (including exams), and your personal tutor will be able to help you to use that feedback effectively in order to improve your work for the future. Many modules also include formative assessments. You will receive feedback on these assessments, but they will not count towards your final degree. Each module uses the Learning Central website, a virtual learning environment at Cardiff University. Through the Learning Central site you will have access to relevant materials for the module, such as multimedia materials, presentations, lecture hand-outs, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises, etc. There will be an opportunity for you to reflect on your progress and on the skills that you will develop through a section on the Learning Central site called Personal Development Plan. There, with the help of your personal tutor, you will be able to record your attainments in various fields (whether they are part of the curriculum or not). Furthermore, centrally the University has a range of services to support you, including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.
- Each module uses the Central Learning website, a Virtual Learning Environment at Cardiff University. Through the Central Learning site you will have access to relevant materials for the module, such as multimedia materials, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises, discussion groups, etc.
- Academic Tutors have office hours for students to meet and discuss any learning queries as well as the opportunity in seminars.
- The School has a wide programme of visiting speakers and guest lectures and students are encouraged to attend.
- There will be an opportunity for you to reflect on your progress and on the skills that you will develop through a section on the Central Learning site called Planning Personal Development.
- Furthermore, centrally the university has a range of services to support you, including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.
What are the Learning Outcomes of this Programme?
Graduates from this Programme will be able to:
- produce a high level of fluency in oral and written Italian
- assess the central role of language in the process of creating meaning and knowledge
- demonstrate intellectual skills which allow detailed reading, assessment, and production of texts of different types
- appreciate how language and culture feed into each other to generate meaning and understanding
- evaluate and critically discuss texts, concepts and theories relevant to the field of Italian Studies
- demonstrate an understanding of a range of texts (including film) from different historical periods and from different genres
- demonstrate a good understanding of the position and importance of Italian language and culture in the modern world
- use information technology to present and analyse materials in an effective and polished manner, including using software to check and improve language
Politics programmes aim to develop in students a critical understanding of key aspects of modern politics, including International relations, domestic politics of key European states, European Union politics and political theory, along with a command of associated transferable skills.
Students who are awarded a Single or Joint Honours Politics degree will be able to:
· Identify and explain the central concepts of political science, and demonstrate familiarity with the vocabulary of political discourse;
· Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key aspects of normative and empirical Political Theory;
· Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key aspects of modern politics, including the structure and operation of selected European political systems at the national and European Union levels and international politics embracing global and regional studies;
· Demonstrate particular expertise in Political Theory and/or European Politics and/or international relations in the case of Joint Honours students, and in the case of Single Honours students: for Political Theory this means a critical understanding of key ideas selected from the history of political thought and contemporary political theory; for European politics this means a critical understanding of the structure and operation of selected European political systems at the national, European and/or regional level, along with an awareness of the social, economic and cultural contexts of political behaviour and theoretically-informed views of the factors that account for political change; for international relations this means a critical understanding of the nature of the international system and of global power structures, with main foci in terms of agencies such as States, International Organisations and other Transnational actors, along with an awareness of international political theories;
· Appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;
· Apply different concepts, theories and methods to the analysis of political ideas, institutions and behaviour;
· Examine and evaluate different interpretations of political issues and events;
· Make use of contemporary research, such as articles in refereed journals.
Students taking the Single Honours Italian programme at Cardiff may be particularly interested in the following features that are likely to increase their employability:
· the chance for students interested in teaching to undertake a British Council internship teaching English in an Italian secondary school
· the opportunity for all students of Italian to organise, on their own initiative, a suitable work placement in an Italy.
· the opportunity to pursue a degree programme which develops the skills that are relevant to the academic world and the world of work alike
· the emphasis on practical research skills that will benefit you throughout your career
· the emphasis placed on independent learning in a supportive environment
· Further information on schemes, modules, teaching methods and assessment can be found on the Politics website.
Professor Fabio Vighi , Admissions Tutor
Key Information Sets (KIS) make it easy for prospective students to compare information about full or part time undergraduate courses, and are available on the Unistats website.