Italian Cultural Studies B

Subject ITAL20001 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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

Total of 170 hours.


Italian 7 or equivalent.

Subject code(s): ITAL20002 or ITAL30015



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Previously available as 116-060 Italian Part 2: Cultural Studies. Students who have completed Italian Part 2: Cultural Studies are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, 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 the Disability Liaison Unit:


Ms Elisabetta Ferrari


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:
  • interpret and critically analyse a range of academic, historical and literary texts on 19th and 20th Century Italy
  • communicate effectively using a variety of oral and written vocabulary in an academic context
  • develop an understanding of key issues of modern Italian history and culture
  • develop 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
  • interpret and discuss key Italian-speaking cultures and history, and understand regional diversity in broader historical and political contexts
  • develop an understanding of self and other and of cross-cultural exchange and gain an understanding of the interaction of language and identity
  • independently apply a wide range of learning techniques (in Italian and English) as autonomous, motivated, self-directed and well-organised learners
  • 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

Recommended Texts:


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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • critical thinking and analysis: through required and recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by assessing the strength of arguments.
  • 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.
  • Written communication: through essay and assignment preparation and writing.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Italian

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