ATS3058 - New writing in Italy - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Italian Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Francesco Ricatti


Dr Francesco Ricatti

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Students must have achieved a level equivalent to Italian B2 + Italian studies (Independent User). See



The strong worldwide impact of globalization of the last few decades has introduced new economic and cultural challenges in Italy. The aim of this unit is to analyse and understand how the recent process of transformation in Italian society has been reflected in the cultural and literary production. Students will read and study a number of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, dealing with aspects of contemporary Italian life and society. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about Italy today, and about the way in which Italian writers and artists use their craft to respond to important social issues. In particular, this subject intends to highlight the main traits of 'new' forms of literature and intermediality that are gradually enriching the Italian cultural horizon: cultural and artistic texts produced in Italian by writers who also belong to other cultures, as well as texts exploring Italy's place in the world and its interaction with other cultures.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. critically analyse cultural and literary texts
  2. synthesise, develop and evaluate arguments
  3. recognise and explain the role of literature and intermediality in Italian contemporary culture
  4. work collaboratively towards shared goals for the development of interpersonal skills
  5. critically engage with a globalized society.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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