Italian Cultural Studies A

Subject ITAL20009 (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 3 or Intermediate Italian Language and Culture A or equivalent.

Subject code(s): ITAL10001 or ITAL20007



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed 116-059 Intermediate Italian C or Italian Intermediate Cultural Studies at Level 1 may not 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 Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Vita Giordano


Subject Overview:

In this subject students will study key aspects of Italian culture, through the analysis of literary texts and other materials. Students will also have the opportunity to study the development of Italian society. By the end of the subject, students will have been introduced to a number of themes and texts in order to gain some understanding of the process of cultural analysis. They should also have acquired the ability to examine critically various aspects of Italian history and culture.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will:

  • 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 and/or contemporary 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

  • 4-5 minutes oral presentation in Italian, equivalent to 400 words, from week 3 to week 12 [10%]
  • 8-9 minutes oral presentation in Italian, equivalent to 800 words, from week 5 to week 8 [20%]
  • Textual analysis (800 words in Italian or 1000 words in English) due in week 4 [25%]
  • One assignment of 800 words (in Italian or English) during the examination period [20%]
  • One assignment of 1000 words (in Italian or English) due in week 12 [25%]

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 through LMS

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:
  • develop critical thinking and analysis: through required and recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by assessing the strength of arguments.
  • understand 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 French and Italian culture, and by formulating arguments.
  • communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Italian
Related Breadth Track(s): Italian - Entry Point 5

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