Italian MA

Italian Resistance To Fascism 1943-45 ITALIAN4005

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines the events of the Italian Resistance and their continuing importance in post-war Italy. It takes an interdisciplinary approach and includes analysis of the way that representations of the Resistance in literature, film and historical studies have evolved, with reference to a number of literary and cinematic works.


20 x 1 hour sessions over both semesters as scheduled on MyCampus


This is one of the honours options in SMLC and may not run every year. The options which are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Commentary (1000 words) - 20% 

Group presentation, within which each student in the group talks for c. 5 minutes, (15% group mark, 15% individual mark) - 30%
Essay (2000 words) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to

■ study the events of the Italian Resistance and their cultural significance in post-war Italy;

■ explore the way representations of the Resistance in literature, film and historical studies have evolved, from the neorealist films and novels produced immediately after the war, to later reassessments and re-workings of the 'Resistance myth' in subsequent decades.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

■ discuss how attitudes towards and interpretations of the Resistance have changed and suggest reasons for those changes;

■ develop arguments about aspects of the topic, supporting the arguments with detailed evidence from films and texts;

■ critically evaluate secondary reading material;

■ analyse (written and visual) texts and synthesize the study of these texts so as to produce a general understanding of the period and its place in post-war Italian society;

■ present detailed arguments orally and in writing.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.