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Italian Cultural Studies B (ITAL20001)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeITAL20001
Semester 2
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This subject allows students to study key aspects of Italian culture, primarily through the analysis of specific literary texts and/or films. Students will also have the opportunity to study the development of Italian society. By the end of the subject, students should have been introduced to a number of literary texts and/or films in order to improve their standard of comprehension and to gain some understanding of the process of literary/cultural criticism. They should also have acquired the ability to examine critically various aspects of Italian history and culture.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to interpret and critically analyse a range of academic, historical and literary texts on 19th and 20th Century Italy;
  • be able to communicate effectively using a variety of oral and written vocabulary in an academic context;
  • have developed an understanding of key issues of modern Italian history and culture;
  • have developed an ability to apply research skills and discuss key aspects of Italian studies with a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
  • be able to interpret and discuss key Italian-speaking cultures and history, and understand regional diversity in broader historical and political contexts;
  • have developed an understanding of self and other and of cross-cultural exchange and gain an understanding of the interaction of language and identity;
  • be able to independently apply a wide range of learning techniques (in Italian and English) as autonomous, motivated, self-directed and well-organised learners;
  • be able to act confidently in Italian-speaking milieus and gain an awareness of cultural and historical contexts.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • have developed critical thinking and analytical skills: through required and recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by assessing the strength of arguments;
  • have an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Italian culture, and by formulating arguments;
  • have developed written communication skills: through essay and assignment preparation and writing.

Last updated: 16 August 2019