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Course Details in 2018/19 Session

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Module Title LI Studies in Contemporary Italy
SchoolLan, Cult, Art Hist & Music
Department Modern Languages
Module Code 09 26402
Module Lead Daniele Albertazzi
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Description The course aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the formation of national identity since the unification of Italy, and to present the outlines of the political history of the Italian Republic. The principal topics to be covered through lectures, guided reading and tutorial discussion include:
a) The Risorgimento and Italian unification
b) The economy and society after unification
c) The failed modernization of the country and the period leading to WW1
d) WW1 and the emergence of Fascism
e) WW2 and the fall of Fascism
f) the role of Christian Democracy, the Communist Party and the Catholic Church in Italy after 1945;
g) the post-war history of the Italian political system;
h) social opposition in the 1960s and 1970s and the challenge of militants groups to the state;
i) the emergence of new political forces after 1989 and the crisis of the so-called ‘First Republic’;
j) the populist right in government at the beginning of the new century.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Offer in-depth analysis the events and phenomena which characterise contemporary Italian history, by using appropriate terminology
  • Be able to identify and discuss different academic approaches to the interpretation of the outlines of the political history of Italy since unification.
  • Carry out independent research on a topic relating to contemporary Italian history and society.
  • Write fluently on the subject, providing appropriate supporting material.
Assessment 26402-01 : Oral Presentation : Presentation (40%)
26402-02 : Essay : Coursework (60%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: 1x 2000-word essay (60%)
1 x 20 min presentation (40%)
Reassessment: 2 x 2000 word essays (60% and 40%)
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