• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Screen Studies
  • Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, Cultural Studies, European Languages, Literature, Film

This course introduces students to post-war Italian cinema and its cultural contexts.  It familiarises them with a variety of critical approaches and allows them to analyse films as representatives of specific cinematographic genres and styles (ranging from neorealism to postmodernism), and as reflections on and interpretations of post-war Italian culture. The course covers issues such as wartime resistance; fascism; migration within and to Italy;  gender; organised crime and national identity.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. discuss and critically analyse different cinematographic genres and styles of post-war Italian Cinema;
  2. develop an understanding of the cultural context of post-war Italy;
  3. critically analyse the ways in which select post-war Italian films reflect on and interpret the social and political issues of their time; and
  4. develop knowledge of specialist language in relation to analysis of film.

Indicative Assessment

Student-led seminar (40 minutes, group work individually assessed): 20% (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4)
2000-word research essay: 40% (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4)
2000-word reflective journal: 40% (LOs 1,2,3,4)

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130 hours of total student learning time consisting of:
a)36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of student-led seminars and 24 hours of instructor-led seminars (all classes will include
problem-based discussions and will be interactive); and
b) 94 hours of independent student research including scheduled screenings of films studied in the course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have already completed ITAL3020.

Prescribed Texts

All texts will be available on Wattle and films will be available through the ANU Library.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6347 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

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