• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Gender Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

The course is designed to give students an insight into the key issues concerning the development of female self-awareness especially from the Nineteenth to the Twentieth century. The aim of the course is to provide students with an overview of the development of the feminist movement in Italy since the end of last century and the changes in the roles of women in modern Italian society. A detailed study of selected literary, critical and documentary/historical texts in Italian (or in translation), embedded in the social and historical context of the works, will offer alternative perceptions of Italian culture, femininity, and motherhood. The course also aims to consider the social construct of femininity and women's roles in Italy as seen by Italian women writers; finally, the course will include a reflection of the views of their male contemporaries and their societies.

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 issues central to the roles of women in Italian society especially in the Nineteenth and Twentieth century context;
  2. Critically analyse a variety of texts related to Italian feminism (historical, critical, literary, and visual);
  3. Apply this information to conduct independent research;
  4. Critically reflect and assess orally and in writing the outcomes of women's movements from a variety of perspectives;
  5. Express themselves appropriately and accurately orally and in writing

Indicative Assessment

Two essays - in Italian for students taking the unit as part of an Italian major - or English for all other students - 3,000 words total (70%) and one tutorial presentation paper to be written up as one of the essays after teacher and students' feedback (20%), preparation for tutorials and active contribution to discussion (10%).

Students taking the course as part of an Italian major will be required to read and discuss material in Italian, and also present all their written work in Italian.

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13 hours of lectures in English; 13 hours of tutorials in Italian and/or English; 13 hours of tutorials in Italian; 6 hours of seminars in English or Italian. Minimum enrolment of 6 students.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed ITAL2007 or EURO1001. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ITAL3014.

Prescribed Texts

Reading brick prepared by coordinator and selected additional texts.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2610
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3582
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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