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This subject, taught either as a winter overseas intensive or on campus in semester 2, 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. Please note the winter overseas intensive is not available in 2023.
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.
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: 22 November 2023