• Class Number 4243
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Francesco Ricatti
    • Dr Francesco Ricatti
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

This multimedia course develops students' communication skills in Italian through practice in the recognition and production of different registers of the language. Idioms and registers will be studied in relation to their socio-cultural and historical framework. The course also outlines Italian linguistic history, Italy's dialects and today's neo-standard Italian. The study of different types of written and audio-visual texts (photographs, films, poems, short stories, interviews, critical reviews) will increase students' comprehension and literacy skills in Italian while also increasing their knowledge of Italian society. Specific topics covered may vary from year to year. The course may be completed more than once if a different topic is studied each time.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand a wide range of demanding texts (written/visual; aural/oral) on contemporary issues;
  2. appreciate distinction of style, genres and recognize implicit meaning in a variety of factual and literary texts;
  3. use accurate Italian grammar in written and spoken production;
  4. demonstrate orally and in writing their ability to use lexicon appropriately according to style, register, context and genre, expressing themselves fluently and spontaneously in class interaction; and
  5. conduct research and deliver well-structured oral presentations and written texts.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

All work submitted must be the student's own work, completed without the help of others (including others with language abilities), and without the use of Google translate (or other similar websites). Improper collaboration or use of external materials of this nature constitutes academic misconduct and will be dealt with in accordance with ANU policy.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduzione al corso: l'Italia contemporanea nelle serie TV Come analizzare e discutere una serie TV: vocabolario, generi, temi, prospettive Pre-, in- and post-class activities start
2 Alle radici dell'Italia contemporanea (I): Emanuela Orlandi - Vatican girl (Netflix)
3 Alle radici dell'Italia contemporanea (II): Wanna Marchi - Fortune seller: A TV scam (Netflix)
4 L'Italia contemporanea (I): Suburra ep. 1-4 (Netflix) In-class presentations start (weeks 4-9)
5 L'Italia contemporanea (II): Suburra ep. 5-8 (Netflix)
6 L'Italia contemporanea (III): Suburra ep. 9-10 (Netflix) Crimine e corruzione in Italia - discussione
7 Gioventù, amore e altri disastri (I): Strappare lungo i bordi ep. 1-4 (Netflix)
8 Gioventù, amore e altri disastri (II): Strappare lungo i bordi ep. 5-6 (Netflix) Tuesday Anzac Day - no class
9 Tradizione e innovazione (I): Chef's Table stagione 1 ep. 1 (Massimo Bottura) e stagione 6 ep. 2 (Dario Cecchini) Tradizione e innovazione (II): Chef's Table Pizza: ep. 2 (Gabriele Bonci) e ep. 4 (Franco Pepe) In-class presentations conclude
10 In-class test Fantasie esotiche (I): White Lotus stagione 2 ep. 1 and 2 (Binge, Prime, Google) In-class test
11 Fantasie esotiche (II): From Scratch ep. 1 and 8 (Netflix) Ripasso e discussione finale
12 Oral assessment Oral assessment

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
1. Pre-, in- and post-class activities (15%) 15 % 1, 2, 3, 4
2. In-class presentations (25%) 25 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
3. Oral assessment (30%) 30 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
In-class test (30%) 30 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

1. Pre-, in- and post-class activities (15%)

Active and informed participation in class; active and informed participation in a Forum discussion in Italian before and after class.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

2. In-class presentations (25%)

You will need to prepare a 10 minutes presentation in Italian on a Italian TV series (or a TV series about Italy) - you must watch and discuss at least one season. A list of TV series will be provided on Wattle and in class, or you can choose your own - please discuss the topic with the course coordinator by week 2. You will then need to answer to at least two questions from your classmates and one from your lecturer. Further details on the task will be provided in class and on Wattle by week 1. Presentations will take place between week 4 and week 9.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

3. Oral assessment (30%)

A conversation in Italian with your lecturer on the TV series we have watched and discussed throughout the semester and on what you have learnt about contemporary Italy. The oral assessment will take place in week 12 and will last approximately 20 minutes. A list of possible questions will be provided on Wattle and discussed in class, in preparation for the exam.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

In-class test (30%)

A listening comprehension test will be conducted in week 10. You will listen to one or more extracts from a TV series in Italian (without subtitles) and will have to answers 'fill in the gaps', multiple choice, and open questions to test your comprehension; you will also be asked to analyse/comment on the extract(s), in relation to what you have learnt throughout the semester.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Francesco Ricatti

Research Interests

Migration, Transnational History, Transcultural Studies, Sport Studies, Digital and Participatory Research

Dr Francesco Ricatti

By Appointment
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Dr Francesco Ricatti

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Dr Francesco Ricatti

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