ITALIAN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

Mafia, Michelangelo and fashion empire

There is much more to Italy than the mafia, soccer and Berlusconi. Italy is also Fellini, Dante and Michelangelo and the country is the home of more than half the art treasures in the world. Since the days of the Roman Empire, the Italian peninsula has played an important role in European culture. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Rome experienced a decline, but other towns such as Florence and Venice took over and became rich and powerful cities. Although, all roads no longer lead to Rome, Italy has not disappeared off the world map. Italy’s domestic policy often shocks Danish media, and the country is a leader in the development and production of advanced technology, fashion and design.

At the Master’s degree in Italian you can acquire in-depth knowledge of the country and all its contradictions. You compare the Italian phenomena with similar Danish phenomena and in that way improve your insight into both. The Italian language, culture and literature as well as the country’s social policy and conditions are areas in which you acquire special knowledge. You learn to reason in Italian and communicate precise messages to specific target groups.

 

Expert in cultural communication

In your Bachelor’s degree programme, you pursued your interest in the Italian language, society, culture, literature, history, art, music and film. In the Master’s degree programme in Italian, you further develop your language skills and your knowledge of Italy. You learn to speak a correct Italian that you can use both in business contexts and in your everyday life. Your language skills combined with your knowledge of Italian culture, history and society enable you to facilitate communication between Danish and Italian, both culturally and linguistically.

 

The art of translating

You become part of a small and intimate study environment of a high international and academic level. Part of the teaching takes place in Italian, and you study both theoretical and literary texts. The teaching alternates between lectures, group work, seminars and presentations by students. The influence of history on the culture and identity of today is one of the topics you can choose to study. You can learn to master the art of translating or acquire insight into the theories on foreign language learning.

The degree gives access to many different career paths, and by your choice of internship and profile subjects you can direct your studies towards the industry in which you would like to work upon completion of your degree. You can choose to work in areas such as teaching, the publishing industry or the tourism sector.

Admission requirements

A Master’s degree in Italian Language, Literature and Culture counts as two years of full-time study (120 ECTS credits) and is divided into two tracks:

  • Track A consists of two years’ of study (120 ECTS credits) of Italian Language, Literature and Culture.
  • Track B comprises 1 1/4 years’ of study (75 ECTS credits) of Italian Language, Literature and Culture combined with 3/4 year of study (45 ECTS credits) of another subject taught at upper secondary school.

The requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Italian Language, Literature and Culture vary according to the track you wish to enrol in.

Track A (120 ECTS credits in Italian Language, Literature and Culture)

The admission requirement to Track A of the Master’s degree is a completed Bachelor’s degree with 135 ECTS credits in Italian Language, Literature and Culture and a Supplementary subject at Bachelor’s degree level of 45 ECTS credits.

Examples of Bachelor’s degrees qualifying for admission to Track A:

  • The Bachelor’s degree in Italian Language, Literature and Culture (Aarhus University)
  • The Bachelor’s degree in Italian (University of Copenhagen)

Track B (75 ECTS credits in Italian Language, Literature and Culture with a supplementary subject at Master’s degree level of 45 ECTS credits)

The admission requirement to Track B of the Master’s degree is a completed Bachelor’s degree with 135 ECTS credits in Italian Language, Literature and Culture and a supplementary subject at Bachelor’s degree level of 45 ECTS credits in another subject taught at upper secondary school.

Examples of Bachelor’s degrees qualifying for admission to Track B:

  • The Bachelor’s degree in Italian Language, Literature and Culture (Aarhus University) or the Bachelor’s degree in Italian (University of Copenhagen) with a supplementary subject of 45 ECTS credits in a subject taught at upper secondary school.

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in Italian (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA.

The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Language Requirements

Admission to the Master’s degree in Italian Language, Literature and Culture requires Danish at A level or similar.

Read how to document your language qualifications

Programme structure

Academic regulations

As a student it is importantv to know the regulations for your chosen subject: What is the content, how is it structured and what does it require form you? You can find this information in the academic regulations.

 

In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.


 

Student life

At the Section for Italian, all the students know each other, and each semester students come from Italy to study at Aarhus University

A large part of the teaching takes place in Italian, and there is always an Italian-born associate professor associated with the section. The teaching alternates between lectures, seminars, group work and presentations by students.

Apart from the lessons, you can plan your studies as you please, and you can choose to work independently or in reading groups.

You have excellent opportunities for pursuing your interest in Italian and Italian culture during your spare time.

The Società Dante Alighieri association is open to everyone who is interested in Italian culture and language. There are departments all over the world, and one of them is based at the Section for Italian. Over the year, the association organises around 10 to 15 events in the form of concerts, films or lectures covering a wide range of areas within Italian culture.

You can also meet your fellow students of Italian and other languages at the different Friday bars.

LebonBar is the Friday bar for all students at Nobel Park.

Esperanto is the Friday bar of the Department of Languages, Literature and Culture, organised jointly by the different language groups.

The Mobile University where university students teach at upper secondary school gives you an opportunity to test your teaching skills.

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Career

Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question. Note that this data is derived from different, but related programmes.

The following are the five most common jobs for Italian graduates:

Language. The excellent language skills of Italian graduates can lead to jobs as a linguist, translator or interpreter. This can involve translation of anything from literature to instruction manuals and minutes of meetings, and interpreting can involve business negotiations or assistance to private individuals.

Communication. As an Italian graduate, you can get jobs where you work with communication and marketing in companies doing business with Italy or in international groups with branches in both Denmark and Italy.

The tourism industry. Italy is a very popular travel destination for Danes, and many Italian graduates find work in the tourism industry, planning cultural tours, for example.

Art and culture. Some Italian graduates work with communicating the Italian cultural heritage, food traditions, and works of art and literature in jobs such as authors and lecturers, or in a museum environment.

Teaching. Italian graduates also find work as teachers at upper secondary schools, evening classes, continuation schools and folk high schools.

The Master’s degree in Italian also enables you to pursue a career as a researcher. You have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme at the faculty’s graduate school. You can apply after completing the first year of your Master’s degree studies or when you have completed your thesis.
Read more about PhD degree programmes at the Faculty of Humanities.

 

Competence profile

The Master’s degree in Italian gives you the following competences:

Language: You speak correct, fluent and vivid Italian and have in-depth insight into the structure and patterns of the Italian language.

Culture: You become familiar with Italian traditions, social conditions and the well-known personalities and highlights of Italian cultural history.

Structure and analysis: Your studies have given you an ability to analyse and work in a structured way with large amounts of information.

Communication: You learn to communicate your knowledge. You undergo training in addressing Italians in a targeted way, both in writing and verbally, as well as communicating your knowledge about Italy to a Danish audience, such as in a teaching situation.

Career guidance

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.