Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Modern Italy
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1-hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 2 x 2-hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Four tests during the semester  100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be better able to recognise the peculiarities of Italy, its contradictions and achievements. Furthermore, they should have become familiar with:

  • the Italian political system
  • the Italian state structure
  • the Italian economic system and organizations
  • some social aspects of contemporary Italy

Brief description

Among the world's economic powers, Italy displays some atypical aspects that are often difficult for foreigners to understand and interpret. The module intends to lead students to the discovery of some of these typically Italian traits through the study of Italian political institutions, economic organizations and social manifestations and the role they have had in the recent history of this country.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Carter, Nick (2010) Modern Italy in Historical Perspective 1st edition Bloomsbury Academic Primo search Clark, M. (1988) Modern Italy 1871-1982 Longman Primo search Forgacs, D., Lumley, R. (1996) Italian Cultural Studies: an Introduction OUP Primo search Fraser, J. (1981) Italy: society in crisis/society in transformation Routledge Primo search Ginsborg, P. (1990) A History of contemporary Italy, Society and Politics 1943-1988 Penguin Primo search Gundle, S., Parker, S. (1996) The New Italian Republic, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to Berlusconi Routledge Primo search Holmes, G. (ed) The Oxford Illustrated History of Italy Oxford University Press Primo search Newell, James L. (2010) The Politics of Italy CUP Primo search Niebhur, R. (1969) Christianity and power politics Archon Books Primo search Pridham, G. (1981) The Nature of the Italian Party System Croom Helm Primo search Quartermaine, L., Pollard, J. (1985) Italy today: patterns of life and politcs Univ. of Exeter Primo search Sassoon, D. (1997) Contemporary Italy - Economy, Society and Politics since 1945 Longman Primo search Spotts, F., Wieser, T. (1986) Italy a Difficult Democracy: A Survey of Italian Politics CUP Primo search Stych, F.S. (1970) How to find out about Italy Pergamon Primo search Ward, W. Getting it right in Italy - a manual for the 1990s Bloomsbury Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5