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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ITAL1040 Italy from Fascism to the Present

10 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Laura Lucia Rossi

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Italy is a young country: it was established as a nation-state only in the late nineteenth century. This course offers a survey account of the history of Italy from unification onwards, but concentrates on the period following the assumption of power by the fascists (1922) and the establishment of the democratic republic after the defeat of fascism; the course continues right up to the present day.We study life under fascism, the Second World War, Italy's relations with the rest of the world, and the construction and progress of the postwar Italian democracy. We also offer thematic classes on the Mafia, national terrorism in Italy, and the changing status of women in the country. As well as offering a 'factual' account, we try to relate the history of the period to the culture (especially literature and film) of modern Italy.


On successful completion of this module, students will have an informed understanding of, and will be able to discuss critically, the main developments in Italian political and institutional history from the end of the First World War to the present.


- The rise of Fascism in Italy after the First World War
- Politics and society under the Fascist regime
- The fall of Fascism
- Politics and aspects of Italian society since the Second World War.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours90.00
Total Contact hours10.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Private study
- Preparing for lectures: 60 hours.
- Revising for essay: 30 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Participation in class and in blog discussion.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/09/2021


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