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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FILM2202 Screening Italy: Neorealist cinema to Netflix

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Simone Lomartire

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

ITAL2202Screening Italy: Neorealist cinema to Netflix

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module will explore how Italy is imagined on screen and the enduring appeal of Italian films and TV series among domestic and global audiences. Throughout the module you will look at a variety of Italian films and TV series. You will cover different cultural and social contexts, and a range of topics such as Neorealist cinema, the outward cinema from the 1960s, the increasing popularity of Italian TV series, and the production, consumption, and distribution of Italian films and TV series in an era of digital convergence (e.g. on Netflix and digital databases). Various approaches to Screen Studies, drawn from different critical standpoints such as Stardom, Audiences, Disability, Gender, and Postcolonial Studies, will accompany your understanding, discussion and analysis of Italian films and TV series. Knowledge of the Italian language is not required.


The module aims to:
- Introduce students to a variety of Italian films and TV series.
- Help students link Italian films and TV series to key theoretical concepts and broader developments in culture and society.
- Familiarise students with a range of key issues in Italian Screen Studies.
- Help students develop an awareness of the wider media ecosystem of production, distribution, and exhibition of films and TV series.
- Prepare students to reflect on the relationship between film creators (e.g. directors, actors, producers) and their audiences.
- Prepare students for a collaborative project which reflects on key issues discussed in this module.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the Italian films and TV series studied, as forms of socio-cultural representation and expression on screen.
2. Display familiarity with key issues, concepts and critical approaches to Italian Screen Studies.
3. Demonstrate general awareness of socio-cultural and cinematic changes across history.
4. Recognize the place of Italian films and TV series in the global cultures of film production, distribution, and exhibition.
5. Analyse individual films and TV series.
6. Work collaboratively on a researched project.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Use a range of subject-specific terminology drawn on contextual readings, applying it to independent research on audio-visual source materials introduced in the module.
- Demonstrate visual literacy skills, including the ability to present an analysis of audio-visual source materials.
- Communicate information, analysis and arguments in written and audio-visual form.
- Produce a collaborative project, of some complexity, within a given deadline.


The module will introduce you to a selection of Italian films and TV series from key moments and movements in the socio-cultural history of Italy. You will also engage with a range of approaches to Italian Screen Studies, including (but not limited to) film analysis, Stardom and Audiences Studies. Topics will usually include:
- (Neo)realist and documentary strands in Italian films.
- Audiences for Italian films and TV series in Italy and abroad.
- Popular genres in Italian films and TV series.
- Actors and performance in Italian films and TV series.
- Italian films, TV series and society.
- Production, consumption, distribution, and exhibition of Italian films and TV series.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours5.00
Private study hours165.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Independent online learning (recorded talks & video essays covering key module content): 5 hours

Preparation for classes: 90 hours
Preparation and undertaking of assessment: 75 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored by feedback on formative tasks for lectures and seminars throughout the module, privileging a flipped learning approach. The practical session will provide students with the technical skills needed to tackle the first assessment, while giving them the opportunity to receive feedback on the hands-on tasks devised for the practical. The tutorial will be used for advice and guidance on the second assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentSequence analysis50.00
AssignmentCollaborative project50.00
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: 28/04/2023 14:42:35


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