Religious Studies and Italian (BA)

Religious Studies and Italian BA (Joint Honours) gives students the opportunity to study a historical Romance language alongside religion – part of human experience from the earliest traces of human existence up to the present day.

Religion has been part of human experience from the earliest traces of human existence up to the present day. It has been the way most cultures have sought to express their understanding of the purpose of life and the foundation of personal and social behaviour.

You will be encouraged to actively pursue your own areas of interest through the highly flexible modular programmes. This will lead to the development of transferable skills, ready for entry into the graduate job market.

Italy possesses one of the major cultural, artistic and historical traditions in Europe. Italy has played a unique role in the development of fine art, architecture, film and music

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. Studying Italian at Cardiff University enables students to access, analyse and evaluate current developments in Italian society as well as the cultures and values of the past. Having studied Italian, students will be ready to take advantage of the wide-ranging opportunities open to language graduates today.

The Year Abroad in your third year will provide you with a great opportunity to further improve your Italian and to fully immerse yourself in another culture.

Key facts

UCAS CodeVR63
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration4 years
Typical places availableThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications.
Typical A level offerABB. If you have not studied any Italian previously, the university requires an A level in any other modern foreign language at grade B or above.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core and grades BB at GCE A-level, to include grade B in a Language subject.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer32 points overall (including 5 in a language at higher level)
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
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Admissions tutor(s)

Professor Fabio Vighi, Admissions Tutor

Mrs Anna Yarnell, Course Administrator

Dr Louise Child, 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 programme comprising some core modules that provide essential skills and training as well as a wide variety of optional modules for you to select from to tailor your degree to meet your interests.  Year 3 is spent abroad.

Year one

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.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction To The BibleRT210320 credits
The Story of ChristianityRT410320 credits
Introduction To ArabicRT110920 credits
Further Elementary ArabicRT111020 credits
Introduction To SanskritRT110620 credits
Further Elementary SanskritRT110720 credits
Advanced Italian Language Year 1ML818840 credits
Beginners Italian Language Year 1ML818940 credits

Year two

Module titleModule codeCredits
Elementary Sanskrit IRT120120 credits
Elementary Sanskrit IIRT120220 credits
Beliefs in the CrucibleRT520420 credits
Christian 'Church' Today: Its Meaning, Life and MissionRT520520 credits
Christian Social Ethics TodayRT731720 credits
Understanding Christian WorshipRT432020 credits
Elementary Arabic IRT120320 credits
Elementary Arabic IIRT120420 credits
Arabic Texts IRT131020 credits
Majority World Voices: Global South TheologiesRT734220 credits
Innovations in European LiteratureML129820 credits
History Of Art From Middle Ages To The RenaissanceML829220 credits
Italian Language Year 2 (Ex-Advanced)ML829920 credits
Dante: The Journey And The MissionML829420 credits
Principles of Translation TheoryML229920 credits
Italian Language Year 2 (Ex-Beginners)ML829620 credits
The Life of the BuddhaRT135220 credits
Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: Bonhoeffer's Life and LegacyRT432620 credits
Intermediate Sanskrit TextsRT122420 credits
New Testament Greek Texts IRT320920 credits
Emotions, Symbols, and Rituals: Studying Societies Through FilmRT121520 credits
Religion and the News: Conflict and ContextRT130020 credits
Islam in the Contemporary WorldRT132720 credits
Socially Engaged Buddhism: Politics, Justice and EthicsRT133520 credits
The Making of 'World Religions' in South Asia: Hindus, Sikhs and MuslimsRT133620 credits
Religion in the WorkplaceRT135420 credits
The Most Famous Hindu Text: Bhagavadgita, Text & ContextRT135520 credits
God, Good and the Ugly: Topics in Applied Islamic EthicsRT135720 credits
Exploring GnosticismRT135920 credits
Islamic Law and SocietyRT136120 credits
History & Religion of Ancient IsraelRT230120 credits
New Testament EpistlesRT320520 credits
Reformation HistoryRT420520 credits
The Early Church: History and MemoryRT420820 credits
Christian Spirituality, 150-1550 CERT430720 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

Year four

Module titleModule codeCredits
Elementary Sanskrit IRT120120 credits
Elementary Sanskrit IIRT120220 credits
Beliefs in the CrucibleRT520420 credits
Christian 'Church' Today: Its Meaning, Life and MissionRT520520 credits
Open Choice DissertationRT731620 credits
Christian Social Ethics TodayRT731720 credits
Understanding Christian WorshipRT432020 credits
Elementary Arabic IRT120320 credits
Elementary Arabic IIRT120420 credits
Arabic Texts IRT131020 credits
Majority World Voices: Global South TheologiesRT734220 credits
Open Choice TranslationRT134920 credits
The Life of the BuddhaRT135220 credits
Italian Language (BA Languages)ML839720 credits
May 68. Marking Changes in European Politics and CultureML139920 credits
Italian for professional purposesML838620 credits
Twentieth Century Italian Women's WritingML839120 credits
Translation as a ProfessionML239320 credits
Student Language AmbassadorML139820 credits
Dissertation (Single Honours - in English)ML839440 credits
Dissertation (Single Honours - in Italian)ML839040 credits
Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: Bonhoeffer's Life and LegacyRT432620 credits
Advanced Translation Practice (Italian)ML838920 credits
Dissertation (Italian-JH)ML838720 credits
Joint Honours Italian Dissertation IN ITALIANML838520 credits
European Cinema: thinking the real of fictionML230220 credits
Dissertation/Project (Translation)ML238920 credits
Intermediate Sanskrit TextsRT122420 credits
Emotions, Symbols, and Rituals: Studying Societies Through FilmRT121520 credits
Religion and the News: Conflict and ContextRT130020 credits
Islam in the Contemporary WorldRT132720 credits
Socially Engaged Buddhism: Politics, Justice and EthicsRT133520 credits
The Making of 'World Religions' in South Asia: Hindus, Sikhs and MuslimsRT133620 credits
Myth and The Movies: Anthropology and Psychology in Contemporary CinemaRT135020 credits
Religion in the WorkplaceRT135420 credits
The Most Famous Hindu Text: Bhagavadgita, Text & ContextRT135520 credits
God, Good and the Ugly: Topics in Applied Islamic EthicsRT135720 credits
Exploring GnosticismRT135920 credits
Islamic Law and SocietyRT136120 credits
History & Religion of Ancient IsraelRT230120 credits
New Testament EpistlesRT320520 credits
New Testament Greek Texts IRT320920 credits
Reformation HistoryRT420520 credits
The Early Church: History and MemoryRT420820 credits
Christian Spirituality, 150-1550 CERT430720 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, field trips, and one-to-one tutorials. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors. Assessment, including coursework, exams, practical work, and oral presentations, will test the different skills you have learned

You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors.

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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.

You will develop a range of intellectual skills: critical thinking, evaluating evidence, constructing evidence-based arguments, and presenting opinions effectively in writing and in debate. Additionally, you will gain practical skills such as team-working, independent research, and time management.

School of History, Archaeology and Religion
In 2013/14, 92% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

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.

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Next intake

September 2016

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Admissions tutors

Professor Fabio Vighi, Admissions Tutor

Mrs Anna Yarnell, Course Administrator

Dr Louise Child, Admissions Tutor


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