Italian Cultural Studies B

Subject ITAL20001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours - 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Italian 7 or equivalent.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Ms Elisabetta Ferrari



Subject Overview:

This subject allows students to study key aspects of Italian culture, primarily through the analysis of specific literary texts and/or films. Students will also have the opportunity to study the development of Italian society. By the end of the subject, students should have been introduced to a number of literary texts and/or films in order to improve their standard of comprehension and to gain some understanding of the process of literary/cultural criticism. They should also have acquired the ability to examine critically various aspects of Italian history and culture.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to interpret and critically analyse a range of academic, historical and literary texts on 19th and 20th Century Italy;
  • be able to communicate effectively using a variety of oral and written vocabulary in an academic context;
  • have developed an understanding of key issues of modern Italian history and culture;
  • have developed an ability to apply research skills and discuss key aspects of Italian studies with a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
  • be able to interpret and discuss key Italian-speaking cultures and history, and understand regional diversity in broader historical and political contexts;
  • have developed an understanding of self and other and of cross-cultural exchange and gain an understanding of the interaction of language and identity;
  • be able to independently apply a wide range of learning techniques (in Italian and English) as autonomous, motivated, self-directed and well-organised learners;
  • be able to act confidently in Italian-speaking milieus and gain an awareness of cultural and historical contexts.
  • One 10-minute oral presentation, equivalent to 1000 words [25%]
  • one 1600 word essay due during the examination period [40%]
  • one 1-hour test, equivalent to 1000 words due in week 12 [25%]
  • tutorial participation throughout the semester [10%]

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available online and through the University Bookshop

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • have developed critical thinking and analytical skills: through required and recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by assessing the strength of arguments;
  • have an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Italian culture, and by formulating arguments;
  • have developed written communication skills: through essay and assignment preparation and writing.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Diploma in Arts - Italian

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