• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Humanities
  • Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, Cultural Studies, European Languages, Literature, Film
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Christopher Bishop
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Spring Session 2019
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This course will explore the city of Rome through the analysis of its cultural representations as well as on-site visits to culturally significant neighborhoods, cultural sites, museums and film locations. Taking the city as an analytical object, the course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of Rome's complex history and its role in constructing, reinforcing and re-inventing Italian cultural and political identity. To this end, the course will question widespread assumptions and dominant narratives concerning Rome as a global tourist destination and as the cultural and political capital of Italy. Topics covered in the course include  the legacy of colonial history, migration, and youth marginalization. The methodological approach and the material covered in this course will develop students' understanding of Italian history, culture and identity, providing them with a deeper insight into Italy's complex past and present.

Travel Approval: Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate.

Disclaimer: Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example, specific international security concerns and international health crises) it may not be possible for students to commence or complete this course as advertised.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. critically analyse cultural representations of Rome in relation to Italian history and culture as well as in relation to transnational conceptualisations of Rome;
  2. compare and contextualise literary, cinematic, and historical texts about Rome as a national capital and as a global tourist destination;
  3. develop an understanding of Italian political and cultural identities through exploration of key sites, artifacts, visual and written texts; and
  4. formulate, present, and evaluate original arguments and analyses.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Oral presentation (15 minutes, in Rome) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. 2000 word essay (due after travel component) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. 2000 word reflective journal 40% (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. (null) [LO null]
  5. (null) [LO null]

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130 hours of total student learning time, comprising:
a) 75 hours of contact during two weeks of immersive study on-site in Rome, with two preparatory seminars on campus in the months preceding travel; and
b) 55 hours of individual research and group work, in Rome and at home.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ITAL3021.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be supplied on Wattle and films will be screened in Rome.  A selection of novels and/or short stories is to be determined.

Preliminary Reading

Readings will be supplied on Wattle and films will be screened in Rome.  A selection of novels and/or short stories is to be determined.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8638 19 Nov 2019 26 Jul 2019 29 Nov 2019 20 Dec 2019 In Person N/A

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