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ITA4460 - The Italian Experience in Australia

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Raffaele Lampugnani


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


An introduction to the history of Italian migration (especially to Australia) and to the study of selected aspects (socio-cultural, linguistic, literary, etc.) of the Italian migrant experience in Australia.


On completion of this unit students should:

  1. Have a knowledge of the historical processes which led to Australia seeking large scale immigration especially in the second post war period.
  2. Have a familiarity with, and an understanding of, the processes of Italian migration to Australia and the impact Italians have had on its economic, social and cultural life.
  3. Have acquired an understanding of the culture, values and linguistic varieties prevalent in the Italian community at the time.
  4. Be familiar with the relevant debates and able to discuss contributions to them.
  5. Have had the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Italian through a study of language transference phenomena and aspects of cultural maintenance in the community.
  6. Have the opportunity to acquire basic fieldwork and survey techniques in addition to library search techniques.

In addition, students taking the subject at fourth-year level should:
  1. Be familiar with different theoretical perspectives on the ideas and processes treated in the subject.


Two seminar participation tasks: 10%
Questionnaire: 10%
Assignment (1000 words): 20%
Practical project (1500 words): 40%
End of semester test (1 hour): 20%

Contact hours

3 hours (2 lectures and 1 tutorial) per week