• 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will:

  1. 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;
  2. apply their reflective, analytical and argumentative skills to independently research;
  3. 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;
  4. express themselves appropriately and accurately orally and in writing

Indicative Assessment

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

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed ITAL2006 or EURO1001 or EURO1002 or EURO1003. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

A brick of selected materials

Preliminary Reading

Ginsborg, P, A History of Contemporary Italy, 1943-1988, Penguin, 1990




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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