IT3ATF-After the Flood: post-war Italy

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: Pre-req: Part 2 Italian
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Charles Leavitt

Email: c.l.leavitt@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of Italian culture after 1945.


Aims:

How do you rebuild a country? How do you remake its culture, its identity, it society, after a global catastrophe? This module aims to provide students with an understanding of how Italian culture and society were reformed after 1945. Through the critical analysis of Italian art, literature, and cinema, students will work to construct (and to challenge) narratives of Italian cultural history "after the flood."


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:




  • discuss the cultural, political, and historical factors that shaped Italy after the Second World War;

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the cultural debates of the 1940s and 1950s;

  • demonstrate an ability to bring those debates to bear on post-war Italian art, cinema, and literature;

  • analyse the treatment of key themes expressed in the works studied;

  • analyse the key technical, stylistic, and linguistic developments of the post-war period;

  • research, organise, and articulate a rigorous scholarly argument in written form.


Additional outcomes:

The module also aims to encourage students to:




  • develop their oral and visual presentation and their effectiveness in individual and collaborative research; 

  • improve their grasp of the Italian language;

  • make good use of appropriate reference materials in print and online


Outline content:

In the first teaching term we will explore reflections on Italy's war-time destruction and post-war reconstruction in Italian theatre, art, literature and cinema, focusing on the work of such seminal figures as Bassani, De Sica, Lattuada, Malaparte, and others.In the second teaching term, we will consider the ongoing challenges to Italy's cultural reconstruction as reflected in the work of authors and filmmakers including Bertolucci, De Santis, Pavese, Visconti, Vittorini, and others. 


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Students are responsible for carrying out preparatory reading for the module's weekly seminars. Students will also be invited to prepare research presentations, which might take the form either of a student-led seminar or a poster (or other visual presentation), and which will be tailored to each student's individual research interests.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8 8
Seminars 7 7
Guided independent study 85 85
       
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 45
Written assignment including essay 40
Oral assessment and presentation 15

Other information on summative assessment:

Throughout the year, students will conduct investigations of the major post-war Italian cultural journals and will prepare a presentation reflecting or proceeding from their findings (15% of final assessment). Students will also write one summative essay of 2,500 words on a topic chosen in consultation with the module convenor (40% of final assessment). At the completion of the module, students will take a final 2-hour examination (45% of final assessment).


Formative assessment methods:
Submission of one formative assignment is required.

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
• where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    Students will take one 2-hour examination at the end of the course. They will be required to answer two questions.
    Relative percentage of examination: 45%

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in the degree as a whole.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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