Italy Since 1945

Module code: IT1029/IT1039

Module co-ordinator: Dr Marina Spunta

Module Aims

Students will learn the development of Italian history and culture from the Second World War to the present and develop the necessary analytical skills to read different texts and to place them in their historical and cultural context.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand key aspects of Italian postwar history, politics, society and culture and their development since 1945
  • Show an awareness of the cultural debates occurring in postwar Italy
  • Develop the necessary analytical skills to read different texts and to place them in their historical and cultural context
  • Work in groups and give presentations based on personal research and the critical appraisal of sources

Module IT1039 is an expanded version of IT1029 (worth 20 credits instead of 10). This option will give you the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of specific aspects of the relationship between history and culture in post-1945 Italy.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Lectures, workshops, independent research
  • For IT1039 students will submit a further essay of 1500 words on a course-related topic agreed with their tutor

Assessment

One essay of 1,500-2,000 words plus formative group presentations.

Key Texts

  • D Aust and M Zollo, Teach yourself - World cultures: Italy (Teach Yourself Books, 2004)
  • P McCarthy (ed), Italy since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 2000)
  • Film: Ladri di biciclette (De Sica, 1948)