Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCommunications and Media Studies
Monash Passport categoryInternational Short Field Experience (Explore Program)
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Professor Robin Gerster


This is an international study program that requires an application to be enrolled - see the Arts Prato page for further information http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/prato/
Previously coded COM2150


The unit maps the roots and routes of English-language travel in Italy, from the aristocratic travel of the English Renaissance, to the Grand Tourists of the twentieth century, to the rise of middle-class tourism and the travel genre in the nineteenth century, to the mass tourism and cyber travel of today. In an eclectic range of sources, including travel books, essays and fiction, a central focus will be on contemporary or near-contemporary cultural responses to Italy (including those articulated in guidebooks), and also how the country is 'packaged' for the consumption of foreign travelers in the discourses of the tourism industry.


On successful completion of the unit students will have:

  1. a clear understanding of the place of Italy in the imagination of English-language travelers
  2. a critical sense of the historical development of cultural responses to Italy articulated in a range of texts
  3. knowledge of the relationship between travel and ideology, especially in specific cultural (including gendered) contexts
  4. an informed grasp of contemporary critical and theoretical approaches to the diverse discourses of travel and representation
  5. a grasp of the changing practices of travel and tourism
  6. critical perspectives on the processes of the production and reception of travel texts.


Research exercise (1800 words): 40%
Essay (1800 words): 40%
Test (900 words): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Two week intensive:
Week 1
Four 1-hour lectures
Four 2-hour seminars

Week 2
Two 1-hour lectures
Four 2-hour seminars plus field work

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


First year Literary Studies or Communications sequence or other first year sequence as approved by co-ordinator.