Italian Society and Culture under Fascism

Module code: IT2016
Module co-ordinator: Dr Simona Storchi

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to examine the origins and development of Italian Fascism between 1919 and 1945. There will be a special focus on art and culture and on the way in which Mussolini’s dictatorship used modern means of communication to draw the population into its authoritarian social model. The module will also explore the tensions and contradictions in the Fascist project.

Module Outcomes

At the end of the course students will have developed an understanding of the birth of Italian Fascism, of Fascism’s impact on Italian society and culture, and of Fascism’s particular appeals and effects. They will acquire familiarity with some of the major interpretations of the Fascist experience in Italy and be able to evaluate them. They will also be able to explain Fascism’s successes and its failures.


  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 180 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay, 2,500 words (50%)
  • Exam, 2 hours (50%)