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This subject is designed to allow students to explore representations of Italy through creative texts
with a particular focus on visual narratives. It may include a study of aspects of Italian film in its social and
political contexts, and the relationship between those texts and the most relevant Italian cultural issues.
Students will gain a better understanding of Italian cultural products and will improve their ability to
analyse visual and written texts in Italian. The subject will be taught and assessed in Italian.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to interpret and analyse visual texts, in Italian, relevant modern and contemporary Italian social and cultural contexts;
- have strengthened the capacity to use linguistic structures and lexical resources in an academic and semi-professional context. Improve also the ability to communicate effectively in Italian both in writing and speaking;
- be specialised in Italian cinema studies and cultural studies and gain the skills to conduct research on contemporary Italian cultural and historical issues through the analysis of cinematic texts;
- be able to apply cultural studies and film studies research methods to the study of Italian contemporary cultures and society;
- be able to appreciate Italian culture and society by studying the development of post-unification Italy through visual text representation and criticism;
- have developed an increasing ability to compare and contrast linguistic and cultural similarities and differences between Italian language and culture and other languages and cultures;
- be able to apply a variety of learning techniques across tasks and contexts to deepen knowledge of Italian culture and language, and demonstrate the ability to carry out research autonomously and in an organized manner;
- be able to show confidence and efficiency when working both individually and cooperatively in an Italian-speaking context.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- 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.
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations.
- have developed public speaking skills and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations.
Last updated: 6 August 2022