BA Italian and History (4 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    RV31
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 92% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The BA Italian and History brings together intensive training in language, in-depth analysis of modern and contemporary society, history and literature.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year. 
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • Italian is only offered as a beginners language to new students.
  • All of our modules combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture. 
  • Our staff are experts in film, gender studies, medieval and early modern literature, theatre studies, travel writing and translation studies and students benefit from our active research in these areas.
  • A strong Welsh-medium provision is also available.
  • History recently achieved an excellentoverall satisfaction rating of 94% in the National Student Survey (NSS).
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HIH122Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Making History
MLI100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (A)
MLI100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (B)
Optional Modules
AND
Italian General Language Advanced 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select both modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLI114ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Italian General Language 1A
MLI114BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Italian General Language 1B
AND
Italian Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 20 credits of modules. If you select MLI117A you should also take MLI117B.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives
ML-104WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes a Diwylliant Ewropeaidd
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
MLI117ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Italian for Professional Purposes 1AIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLI117B.
MLI117BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Italian for Professional Purposes 1BIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLI117A.
OR
Italian General Language Beginners 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select both modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLI111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian for Beginners I
MLI112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italian for Beginners II

Year 4 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MLI301ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Italian General Language 3A
MLI301BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Italian General Language 3B
Optional Modules
History Dissertation 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Either HIH3300 History Dissertation OR a Special Subject. Special subjects are split across TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3300Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40History Dissertation
OR
Special Subject  

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Either HIH3300 History Dissertation OR a Special Subject. Special subjects are split across TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3229Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (I)
HIH3230Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Reign of King John 1199-1216: Misrule and Magna Carta (II)
OR
Special Subject  

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Either HIH3300 History Dissertation OR a Special Subject. Special subjects are split across TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3247Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Art and Society in Early Renaissance Italy (I): The Fine Arts
HIH3248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Art and Society in Early Renaissance Italy (II): Patrons and Artists
OR
Special Subject  

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Either HIH3300 History Dissertation OR a Special Subject. Special subjects are split across TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3233Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Reformation in England and Europe (i)
HIH3234Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Reformation in England and Europe (ii)
OR
Special Subject  

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Either HIH3300 History Dissertation OR a Special Subject. Special subjects are split across TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20 Merchants & Marvels. Long-Distance Trade in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 (I)
HIH3228Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20 Merchants & Marvels. Long-Distance Trade in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 (II)
OR
Special Subject  

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Either HIH3300 History Dissertation OR a Special Subject. Special subjects are split across TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Fear, Conformity and Oppression in Fascist Italy (1)
HIH3254Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fear, Conformity and Oppression in Fascist Italy (II)
OR
Special Subject  

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Either HIH3300 History Dissertation OR a Special Subject. Special subjects are split across TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3315Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20France in Crisis 1934-1944 Part One
HIH3316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France in Crisis, 1934-1944 Part Two
OR
Special Subject  

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Either HIH3300 History Dissertation OR a Special Subject. Special subjects are split across TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3328Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Britain and the United States in the Nuclear Age I
HIH3329Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain and the United States in the Nuclear Age II
OR
Special Subject  

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Either HIH3300 History Dissertation OR a Special Subject. Special subjects are split across TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Long 1968: Protest in a Global Perspective, 1960-1980 (I)
HIH3222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Long 1968: Protest in a Global Perspective, 1960-1980 (II)
OR
Special Subject 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Either HIH3300 History Dissertation OR a Special Subject. Special subjects are split across TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3259Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Georgian Underworlds: Criminal Lives in Eighteenth-Century Britain (I)
HIH3260Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Georgian Underworlds: Criminal Lives in Eighteenth-Century Britain (II)
OR
Special Subject 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Either HIH3300 History Dissertation OR a Special Subject. Special subjects are split across TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3239Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sport and British Society (i)
HIH3240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sport and British Society (II)
OR
Special Subject 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Either HIH3300 History Dissertation OR a Special Subject. Special subjects are split across TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Britain at War, 1939-45: The Home Front (I)
HIH3220Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain at War, 1939-45: The Home Front (II)
OR
Special Subject 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Either HIH3300 History Dissertation OR a Special Subject. Special subjects are split across TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3311Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Law and Justice in Medieval England, Part 1
HIH3312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Law and Justice in the Middle Ages (II)
OR
Special Subject 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select Either HIH3300 History Dissertation OR a Special Subject. Special subjects are split across TB1 and TB2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH3241Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Irish Migrants in Victorian Britain (I)
HIH3242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Irish Migrants in Victorian Britain (II)
AND
History Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The American Civil War in History and Memory
AM-337Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20"A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall": America in the 1960s
HIH3019Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Renaissance Venice
HIH3171Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Family, Sex and Intimacy in Early Modern England
HIH3178Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Empires in the East. A comparative analysis
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s
HIH3216Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prisoners of War in Twentieth Century Conflicts
HIH3301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Welsh society in the later Middle Ages, 1267-1536 (Level 3)
HIH3318Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Invention, innovation and technological revolutions
HIH3326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Britain since 1945
HIH3330Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Class, Community and Conflict: South Wales Industrial Society, 1800-2000
HIH396Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Machiavelli to Mussolini: Government and society in Western political thought
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
HUA301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
HUA306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Aftermaths of War
HUA309Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Russian Civil War
MLF325Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20France and the Second World War: Legacies of the Dark Years
AND
Italian Compulsory Selective Modules 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one or two of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MLI345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italy past and present - identity and diversity
MLI346Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in Use
AND
Italian Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select modules to ensure you have 60 credits of Italian modules in total. If you choose MLI301A you MUST also take MLI302. If you select MLC335A you MUST also select MLC335B.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-305WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Patagonia Gyfoes
MLC335ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3A
MLC335BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3B
MLI302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Italian for Professional Purposes 3
MLI310ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (Italian/English)

Description

BA Italian and History is intended for students who wish to deepen and extend their understanding of the language, history and society.

Entry Requirements

Our preferred offer is BBB-BBC at A-level.Italian is not available to applicants with A-level Italian or equivalent as it is only offered as a beginners language. For Joint Honours with two languages, an A-level grade B or above in a relevant language (excluding Italian). For Joint Honours English Language, TEFL, Literature and History, a B grade in these subjects and for all other Joint Honours subjects a GCSE grade B or above in any language. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. We require a minimum IELT score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £12,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

“I enjoyed meeting new friends at Swansea. The whole university experience allowed me to grow as a person, and has helped me get to where I am today. I now work for Yahoo! As a Planning and Strategy Executive in the Global Sales Team, which helps support and update sales managers about new products and responds to briefs that come in from clients.”

Alex Giacon, BA Italian


 “I chose Swansea University because it is a campus based university where there are lots of student sports clubs and societies, it is easy to get around and meet people, and the social life on campus is great. The location of the University could not be better; the proximity of the campus to the beach, the vibrant city centre and the surrounding parkland is fantastic. I chose History at Swansea as the course offers a great variation of topics and the modules are really interesting. They stretch from the ancient empires of China and India, to the Second World War. The expertise of the lecturers is second to none. I had a great time, met lots of people and enjoyed student life at Swansea. I now work in Events Management.”

Alistair Kirk

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Academic staff in Applied Linguistics/English Language/TESOL are members of the The Language Research Centre (LRC)a global hub for single, inter- and multi- disciplinary empirical research into language data and processes. It draws together academics and postgraduate researchers from across Swansea University and connects their activities with those of the Centre’s global network of Associate Members and distance learning doctoral students. 

Employability and Careers

92.3 per cent* of Modern Languages Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in Italian will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, human resources, tourism and events management, working for companies such as:

  • Royal Mail Group
  • Superdry
  • Berkeley PR International

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Professional Translation
  • MA Translation and Interpreting

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Modern Languages. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.