Italian MA

Italian Cinema: Migration, Displacement and Exile in Films and Documentaries ITALIAN4056

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • 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
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course explores migration through analysing films and documentaries portraying Italian culture from a transnational perspective, including portrayals of Italian emigration, as well Italy's recent transformation from a nation of migrants into a multi-ethnic society. It explores representations of race, gender, ethnicity and religion, the irruption of the unknown into self-enclosed communities, and the impact of migration on those who are left behind.


20 x 1 hour sessions as scheduled on MyCampus.


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

Excluded Courses





Essay (2,000 words) - 50%

Essay (2,000 words) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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:

■ become acquainted with the Italian cinematic tradition

■ analyse films and documentaries against the background of Italy's history and recent socio-political developments

■ think critically about migration as represented in films and documentaries

■ reflect on cultural representations and gender concepts in relation to migration

■ introduce critical and theoretical works on film and migration, as well as theories of transculturality and multiculturalism

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ apply appropriate tools to analyse and compare the films and documentaries studied;

■ relate the films and documentaries studied to their historical and social contexts;

■ question critically assumptions about representations of ethnicity and gender;

■ engage with the secondary sources indicated, evaluate and communicate the understanding gained through individual research;

■ produce well-supported and well-referenced written arguments on course topics.

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.