Italy in Contact – Literature, Arts, Languages, Cultures
|Degree||Master of Arts|
|Course commences||winter semester / summer semester|
|Standard course duration||4 semesters|
|Format options||full-time / part-time|
|Language requirements||English level B1, Italian level C1 (at application);
German A2 (foreign students, when handing in their Master’s thesis)
|Language of instruction||Italian (in parts German or English)|
This degree programme mainly focuses on those core areas of Italian literature and culture studies as well as linguistics that share a connection with transcultural contact phenomena in the field of Italian-Romance cultures. An emphasis is given to contact phenomena from a linguistic, literary or cultural background, for example in a territorial, ethnic, political or religious context.
With a separate specialisation, this degree programme integrates cross-disciplinary related subjects that are of special relevance for the Italian language and the corresponding cultural area. To do so, the compulsory elective components in the programme are partially offered through cooperations. Students may choose to take European art history, history, music(ology) or Transcultural Studies. This way, interdependencies of Italian language and cultural dynamics will be researched from a cross-disciplinary perspective with related subjects.
The successful completion of a B.A. in a philological or cultural subject is a prerequisite for this Master’s degree programme.
Remarks and explanations (especially regarding the abbreviations used) can be found in the module handbook.
Subsidiary (minor) subject
The Master’s degree programme Italy in contact – Literature, arts, languages and culture may also be studied as a minor subject accounting for 20 CP.
The degree programme is research-oriented and centres on transcultural interdependencies as a starting point for an encompassing theory-based evaluation of these processes. Their understanding as dynamic and ever-changing phenomena forms the basis for their ongoing timeliness and relevance for a scholarly debate.
Students will be provided with well-founded knowledge of major theories on the modern-day era, which will serve them as a basis for further specific and in-depth research. The focus will mainly be placed on identity theories, the constitution of subject and alterity, on transculturality and nation building as well as basic concepts to adequately describe phenomena of complex language contact situations. The subsequent target is to discuss terminologies, typologies and concepts and to interlace perspectives from an aesthetics, linguistics, social and cultural studies point of view, in order to stimulate a dialogue across national, subject and paradigm borders.
Access to the course is restricted, please consult the Admission Regulations here.
To find out, which documents need to be presented for admission, please consult our information sheet:
Prospective students from Germany
Prospective students from Germany can enrol without prior application at the Central University Administration building by the beginning of the lecture period. To matriculate, they are required to show a written statement of admission issued by the representative of the Master’s programme they wish to attend, confirming that the requirements set out in the Admission Regulations have been met. Please apply to the Department of Romanic Languages and Literature for further information on how to proceed.
International prospective students
Prospective students from other countries must apply in writing, so that their previous academic record can be verified. The deadline for international applicants is 15 June. Applications must be addressed directly to the International Relations Office. Please use the application form for admission to the Master’s programme provided here and enclose the necessary documents.
Study and examination regulations
Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.
Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.
Department of Romance Studies