Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides students with an introduction to many important issues and events in Italy from the postwar years through to the present. It focuses on how humour and satire have been used by Italian writers, directors and performers as an avenue for contributing critically and productively to social and cultural debates in the country. The primary texts examined will include films, music and literature; secondary readings will provide the necessary background on the social, historical nad cultural context. All texts will be available in English translation. Students undertaking the subject at second-year level will complete all assessment in English; third-year students will be expected to complete assessment in Italian.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBrigid Maher

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBrigid Maher

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Class participation and discussion of set texts (in English)10
Critical journal (in Italian) (1200 words)30
Essay (in Italian) (1200 words)30
Presentation of selected Italian text (in English)20
Short analytical task (in Italian)(400 words)10