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ITA2260

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedPrato Winter semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Susanna Scarparo

Synopsis

This unit introduces students to post-war Italian cinema and its cultural contexts and gives an opportunity to view and discuss films by Scola, Rossellini, Visconti, Benigni, and others. The unit familiarises students with a variety of critical approaches and allows them to analyse the films as representatives of specific cinematographic genres and styles, and as reflections on and interpretations of post-war Italian culture. The unit covers issues such as wartime resistance; fascism; migration within, from and to Italy amongst others.

Objectives

On successful completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. Understand, discuss and analyse different cinematographic genres and styles of post-war Italian Cinema
  2. Develop and express a relative understanding of the cultural context of post-war Italy
  3. Understand, discuss and analyse the ways in which select post-war Italian films reflect on and interpret the social and political issues of their time
  4. Develop an ability to engage with written and visual texts and to understand a body of critical writing in the field
Additional objective for students in Italian:
  1. To develop a knowledge of specialist language in relation to film studies

Assessment

Written: 60% (3000 words)
Visual Test : 30%
Class participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Susanna Scarparo

Contact hours

Film Screening (3 hours)
1 lecture (1 hour)
1 tutorial (1 hour) extra tutorial in Italian (1 hour) for students wishing to include this unit in their Italian Studies major

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Visual culture
Italian studies

Prerequisites

None

Prohibitions

ITA3260, VSA2260, VSA3260