- Code ITAL3010
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Italian
- Areas of interest European Languages
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
A detailed study of political, cultural and social developments in postwar Italy. The main areas of discussion will be: the Resistance - myth and reality; Neorealism; the economic boom of the late 50s and its demise; the introduction of TV and other developments in mass media and mass culture; the cultural avant-garde of the 60s; 1968 and its aftermath; internal migration and the effects of urbanisation; subversion and terrorism in the 70s; hedonism and mass culture in the 80s; and Italy in the 90s - problems and prospects. Use is made of different media: written and audiovisual materials including films and political songs.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will:
- have the knowledge and skills to discuss topical issues, events and movements that have transformed a devastated postwar Italy into one of the main industrial powers in the world;
- apply their reflective, analytical and argumentative skills to independently research;
- evaluate and offer their own conclusions on the different and often contrasting perspectives on Italy and Italians (post war and in this century), from within Italy and from abroad;
- express themselves appropriately and accurately orally and in writing
Two 1,500 word essays (70%) and one tutorial presentation linked to one essay 20%); preparation of, and contribution to tutorials and seminars (10%)
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One hour lecture per week and one hour tutorial in Italian per week and 7 seminars
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsA brick of selected materials
Ginsborg, P, A History of Contemporary Italy, 1943-1988, Penguin, 1990
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