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Unit information: Modern Italy in 2021/22

Unit name Modern Italy
Unit code ITAL10033
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. John Foot
Open unit status Not open

Must have Italian language competence



School/department Department of Italian
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is designed to provide an introduction to the politics, culture and society of Italy from World War I to the present day. The unit works chronologically and is based around certain key texts which will be studied in detail in the seminars which accompany the lectures. The lectures will provide a broad historical, cultural and social introduction to each period. Students will be expected to engage with the history of Italy and with the use of a series of different kinds of text – film (documentary and fiction), novels, memoir, theatre, and journalism.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of specific historical events studied and their relation to concepts of Italian national identity;
  2. Be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of the theoretical debates over Italian unification, fascism, and liberalism;
  3. Be able to evaluate and analyse relevant material from a significant body of primary and secondary source materials and relate it to historical context;
  4. Be able to responded to questions or problems by presenting their independent judgements in conjunction with appropriate use of secondary literature.
  5. Have developed substantial essay writing skills.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation

Assessment Information

2 x online tests (10% each), ILO 1

1 x 1000-word commentary (30%), ILO 3

1 x 2000-word commentary (50%), ILOs 1-5


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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