Imaging Italy

Subject ITAL30010 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 54 hours - 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week and 1 x 2 hour Screening per week.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Usually completion of 25 points of second year Italian

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:



Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to allow students to explore representations of Italy through creative texts with a particular focus on visual narratives. It may include a study of aspects of Italian film in its social and political contexts, and the relationship between those texts and the most relevant Italian cultural issues. Students will gain a better understanding of Italian cultural products and will improve their ability to analyse visual and written texts in Italian.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to interpret and analyse visual texts, in Italian, relevant modern and contemporary Italian social and cultural contexts;
  • have strengthened the capacity to use linguistic structures and lexical resources in an academic and semi-professional context. Improve also the ability to communicate effectively in Italian both in writing and speaking;
  • be specialised in Italian cinema studies and cultural studies and gain the skills to conduct research on contemporary Italian cultural and historical issues through the analysis of cinematic texts;
  • be able to apply cultural studies and film studies research methods to the study of Italian contemporary cultures and society;
  • be able to appreciate Italian culture and society by studying the development of post-unification Italy through cinematic representation and criticism;
  • have developed an increasing ability to compare and contrast linguistic and cultural similarities and differences between Italian language and culture and other languages and cultures;
  • be able to apply a variety of learning techniques across tasks and contexts to deepen knowledge of Italian culture and language, and demonstrate the ability to carry out research autonomously and in an organized manner;
  • be able to show confidence and efficiency when working both individually and cooperatively in an Italian-speaking context.
  • One mini test in class, equivalent to 400 words, in week 4 [10%]
  • One assignment of 1200 words due mid-semester [30%]
  • One 10 minute presentation, equivalent to 400 words, due mid-semester [10%]
  • One essay on a film and relevant topics (1600 words), due during the examination period [40%]
  • Participation in class throughout 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:

Reading material will be available on the LMS

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 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.
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations.
  • have developed public speaking skills and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Italian

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