ATS3898 - The Italian city: Historical and literary perspectives - 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 Annamaria Pagliaro


Dr Annamaria Pagliaro

Not offered in 2019


Two gateway units in Italian studies or equivalent knowledge of the language



The Italian city, a microcosm of Italian society, reveals the rich layers of Italian culture and history. This unit explores Italian cityscapes through their monuments and art works and their representation in literature and film. It offers a journey through the social spaces of the modern city to the virtual zones of the postmodern city. By visiting the city through literature and film students will be exposed to a diversity of texts, written and visual, that grapple with the complexity of urban spaces and with challenges posed to Italian cities by increased migration. In addition to considering textual representations of urban spaces, a particular focus of the unit will be the urban biography of Prato, from the Middle Ages to the present day. This will include examining how Prato's remarkable economic history has contributed to its distinctive civic identity, and how the culture of the city is reflected in contemporary writings.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should:

  1. Have a greater understanding of Italy, the Italian city (Prato) and Italian culture;
  2. Have consolidated both oral and written language through linguistic and cultural immersion;
  3. Have gained knowledge of the city's long history and its contemporary cultural and urban landscape;
  4. Have acquired an understanding of how Italian Archives work and be able to further develop research skills;
  5. Have acquired an understanding theoretical issues surrounding the conception of city.


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. + Additional requirements + The unit will be taught in intensive mode at Prato, Italy.

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