MASTER Languages, Litterature and Foreign Civilisations SPECIALTY Italian studies/Italianistica

This Master’s is a bi-national qualification, the fruit of close collaboration between the educational teams of the Universities of Tours and Perugia (Umbria, Italy). The degree is delivered jointly by the two universities and bears the dual title of Master’s in Italian Studies delivered by the University of Tours, in compliance with the programmes currently in force, and Laurea Magistrale d'Italianistica (LM14) delivered by the Università degli Studi di Perugia.
  • Objectives
Organisation of the new “Italian Studies” speciality is governed by a dual strategy – firstly to make the utmost of what the discipline has to offer through close collaboration with the University’s existing Master’s programmes related to Italianism (the Applied Foreign Languages [LEA] branch’s Masters in “Languages and International Trade” and the Centre for Higher Renaissance Studies’ [CESR] “Renaissance: Genesis of Modern Europe”), and secondly to establish a partnership with the University of Perugia in Italy in order to consolidate disciplinary input. Students spend the first year of their Master’s in Tours and the second in Perugia, enabling them to acquire a well-grounded international cultural basis and obtain a qualification that is recognised in both countries.

Finally, at the end of their first year, students have the choice between a research and a professionalising study path – a dual path original to the programme and available nowhere else in France.

The speciality is designed to ensure that students:
1. Increase their knowledge of Italian culture and come into contact with new ideas and methods through spending an obligatory university year in Italy. Students will be able to acquaint themselves with unfamiliar epistemological instruments and develop their research in the context of problematics and methodologies specific to the Italian university. Graduates will be able to sit for competitive examinations for entry into the French or Italian State education systems, or continue their research as doctoral students.

2. Attain bilingual language proficiency, thanks to the dual nature of the course (1st year in Tours and 2nd year in Perugia).

3. Acquire practical professional skills enabling them to decode and produce texts and organise activities in the fields of mass communication and public or private institutional communication – an objective to be achieved by attendance of classes shared with the LEA branch’s “Languages and International Trade” speciality, enabling students to acquaint themselves with the commercial, financial, legal and digital techniques required in order to enter today’s cultural job market, and, in Italy, by following the specialised professional path organised in the second year at the University of Perugia.
  • Content or list of themes covered and subjects taught
The Master’s in Italian Studies has a bifurcate structure.

During the 1st year – the only one that directly concerns the University of Tours – a high proportion of classes are shared with the LEA branch (Languages and International Trade), the Bachelor’s degree in Italian and the CESR. There are 90 hours of classes during the 1st semester, comprising 12 hours shared with the CESR and 78 specific to the discipline, and 116 hours of classes during the 2nd semester, all of them shared – 80 with the LEA Master’s in Languages and International Trade, 18 with the Bachelor’s degree in Italian (with content specially designed to meet the needs of the two kinds of students involved and renewed on a yearly basis), and 12 with the CESR.

The second year, during which students will attend the University of Perugia, bifurcates into two distinct study paths: a) the “research” path, which focuses on the study of literature, the history of criticism and the history of visual entertainment; and b) the professionalising path, which focuses on such disciplines as law, communication and the history of journalism and includes an obligatory company placement, and prepares students for entry into the socio-professional worlds of culture and communication in France and Italy.
  • Admission requirements
The course is designed for students with a Bachelor’s degree in Italian, or in Applied Foreign Languages (LEA) English-Italian, or in Law-Languages option Italian, delivered by a French university, or a three-year Laurea at an Italian university, or any other equivalent qualification.

A good knowledge of French and Italian is required.

Criteria for admission to the bi-national course and for selection of students are set autonomously by each partner university.

As far as possible, equivalent numbers of students will be involved in exchanges between the two partner universities.

Examinations taken in the partner university will be automatically recognised by the university of origin.

Students taking part in the exchange are entitled to all the advantages on offer at the institutions in which they carry out their course, just as they are governed by the rules in force at such institutions.