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MODULE SPECIFICATION


  1. Title of the module

IT576 The Make-up: Representations of Gender in Contemporary Italy

  1. School or partner institution which will be responsible for management of the module

School of European Culture and Languages

  1. The level of the module (e.g. Level 4, Level 5, Level 6 or Level 7)

Level 5

  1. The number of credits and the ECTS value which the module represents

15 Credits (7.5 ECTS)

  1. Which term(s) the module is to be taught in (or other teaching pattern)

Autumn or Spring

  1. Prerequisite and co-requisite modules

None

  1. The programmes of study to which the module contributes

Optional for BA Italian (Single & Joint Honours); Also available as a ‘wild’ module

  1. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
    On successfully completing the module students will be able to:


8.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key aspects of Italian culture in relation to the representation of gender diversity and roles, and of the way in which aspects have developed across the decades;

8.2 Demonstrate understanding of Italian society today specifically with regards to gender roles and related issues, and how this is relevant to an understanding of gender roles within the European context;

8.3 Apply concepts and principles learnt in class to further study Italian cultural history;

8.4 Demonstrate knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in gender studies, and evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to textual and visual analysis within the context of Italian cultural studies.



  1. The intended generic learning outcomes.
    On successfully completing the module students will be able to:


9.1 Analyse primary materials as appropriate, using the up-to-date theoretical frameworks and relating works to the relevant socio-historical context;

9.2 Carry out independent analysis and research on a literary or cultural topic and present their findings effectively in oral and written form;

9.3 Demonstrate critical thinking and collaborative problem-solving skills;

9.4 Demonstrate awareness of the importance of gender-related issues (e.g. gender inequality) as these apply to a variety of contexts;

9.5 Undertake independent research in the library, using appropriate academic databases online.


  1. A synopsis of the curriculum

This module introduces students to key concepts in the analysis of social, cultural and artistic representation of gender within the context of contemporary Italy (from Fascism to the present). It does so by considering a selection of relevant works from a variety of media, such as, for instance, neorealist and fantastic literature of the post-war years; feminist writings of the 1970s (e.g. Dacia Maraini’s novel Donna in Guerra, 1975); contemporary cinema (e.g. Ferzan Ozpetek’s Le fate ignoranti, 2001; Donatella Maiorca’s Viola di mare, 2009). The module takes as its focus the gendered basis of social and political control as evident in constructions of subjectivity and sexuality exercised – for instance – through the media, while also analysing works that present themselves as a reaction to such control.

  1. Reading List (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

Bracke, M. (2014), Women and the Reinvention of the Political: Feminism in Italy, 1968-1983, London: Routledge.

Butler, J. (2004), Undoing Gender, London: Routledge.

Guerrina, R. (2014), “(Re)Presenting Women: Gender and the Politics of Sex in Contemporary Italy”, Childs, S. and Celis, K. (eds.), Gender, Conservatism and Political Representation, Colchester, United Kingdom: ECPR Press, pp. 161-182.

Pickering-Iazzi, R. (1995), Mothers of Invention: Women, Italian Fascism, and Culture. London: University of Minnesota Press.

Tambo, M. (2014), The Lost Wave: Women and Democracy in Postwar Italy, New York: Oxford University Press.

Wilson, P. (2004), Gender, Family and Sexuality: The Private Sphere in Italy, 1860-1945, London: Palgrave Macmillan.



  1. Learning and Teaching methods

This module will be taught by means of a one-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar for ten weeks.

Total Contact Hours: 20

Private Study Hours: 130

Total Study Hours: 150

During lectures, students are introduced to the relevant socio-historical context through looking at relevant cultural products deemed instrumental for the exercise of socio-political control (e.g. Fascist iconography, visual representations of gender in propaganda posters; 1980s and 1990s TV programmes and the show-girl phenomenon). During lectures students are also shown how to analyse films, writings or images against the background of the relevant historical context.

During the seminar, students analyse works that were produced as a reaction to homogenising, mainstream canons. Through close readings, discussion and group work, students learn how to interpret a cultural artefact and formulate their own opinion while becoming familiar with gender theory as well as with fundamental aspects of Italian history, culture and society.

It is expected that students will have read the prescribed texts prior to their discussion in class. The texts can be read in English or in Italian. Students with more advanced language competence in Italian will be encouraged to read the texts in the original language.".


  1. Assessment methods.

This module will be assessed by 100% coursework:

  • Essay 1 (1,500 words) – 40%

  • Essay 2 (1,500 words) – 40%

  • Presentation (15 minutes) – 20%

In both essays the students will be required to deploy the theoretical frameworks of gender and Italian studies and their knowledge of the socio-cultural context to analyse primary texts, films and other media and contextualise them in the wider history of gender issues in Italy.

In the oral presentation students will be asked to introduce the weekly topic and incite discussion with their colleagues.



  1. Map of Module Learning Outcomes (sections 8 & 9) to Learning and Teaching Methods (section12) and methods of Assessment (section 13)

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  1. The School recognises and has embedded the expectations of current disability equality legislation, and supports students with a declared disability or special educational need in its teaching. Within this module we will make reasonable adjustments wherever necessary, including additional or substitute materials, teaching modes or assessment methods for students who have declared and discussed their learning support needs. Arrangements for students with declared disabilities will be made on an individual basis, in consultation with the University’s disability/dyslexia student support service, and specialist support will be provided where needed.



  1. Campus(es) or Centre(s) where module will be delivered:

Canterbury

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Revision record – all revisions must be recorded in the grid and full details of the change retained in the appropriate committee records.

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