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

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:

  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 film studies in Italian.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Student-led seminar (40 minutes, group work individually assessed) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. 2000-word research essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. 2000-word reflective journal (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 consisting of:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of student-led seminars (in Italian) 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enroll in this course students must have completed at least 6 units of 2000 or 3000 level ITAL courses, or with permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed FILM2020.

Prescribed Texts

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

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of Italian language and culture as specified by requisites listed above.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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