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ATS2214

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitItalian Studies
Monash Passport categoryInternational Short Field Experience (Explore Program)
OfferedPrato Term 3 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Susanna Scarparo

Notes

This is an international study program that requires an application to be enrolled - see the Arts Prato page for further information http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/prato/

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.

Outcomes

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 objectives for third year students will be

  1. To develop a deeper understanding of theoretical debates in the field of post-war Italian cinema and Italian culture.
  2. The ability to apply that understanding to one or more other films of their choice not studied in class

Assessment

Research essay (2500 words): 50%
Student-led seminar: 20%
One x 1-1/2 hours in class test: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

10 x 2-hour seminars in Prato over 2 weeks and 1 x 2-hours seminar pre departure.

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