ITAL 3215 - The Italian Mafia: Origin and Representations

Flinders University - Semester 1 - 2017

Please note that Italian is taught by Flinders University staff as part of an arrangement between the two Universities. Classes are held at Bedford Park. For detailed information on this course, please visit http://www.flinders.edu.au/webapps/stusys/index.cfm/topic/main, select `ITAL? in the drop down menu and find the course by title. This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the mafia, its history, its activities and its role in Italian society. Through historical, social, cultural and political changes that have characterised Sicily and Italy, the topic traces the historical evolution of the mafia phenomenon from its origin in the Middle Ages to the present day. It will also analyse sociological aspects of this organised crime syndicate such as its codes and culture, its structures of power, its business activities and its relationships with politics, politicians and religion. This course will also examine how literature and cinema represent the complexity of the mafia to explore issues of justice, politics, and morality, and it will raise awareness of certain Sicilian and Italian controversial cultural stereotypes. The course will also provide an overview of other contemporary criminal groups of Italy such as Camorra, `Ndrangheta and Sacra Corona Unita. Language requirements: ALL readings are available in English and ALL films to be accessed for this topic are available with English sub-titles. Lectures/seminars will be conducted in English.

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    Course Details
    Course Code ITAL 3215
    Course The Italian Mafia: Origin and Representations
    Coordinating Unit Language Outreach Program
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Flinders University
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study
    Course Description Please note that Italian is taught by Flinders University staff as part of an arrangement between the two Universities. Classes are held at Bedford Park. For detailed information on this course, please visit http://www.flinders.edu.au/webapps/stusys/index.cfm/topic/main, select `ITAL? in the drop down menu and find the course by title.

    This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the mafia, its history, its activities and its role in Italian society. Through historical, social, cultural and political changes that have characterised Sicily and Italy, the topic traces the historical evolution of the mafia phenomenon from its origin in the Middle Ages to the present day. It will also analyse sociological aspects of this organised crime syndicate such as its codes and culture, its structures of power, its business activities and its relationships with politics, politicians and religion.

    This course will also examine how literature and cinema represent the complexity of the mafia to explore issues of justice, politics, and morality, and it will raise awareness of certain Sicilian and Italian controversial cultural stereotypes.
    The course will also provide an overview of other contemporary criminal groups of Italy such as Camorra, `Ndrangheta and Sacra Corona Unita.

    Language requirements: ALL readings are available in English and ALL films to be accessed for this topic are available with English sub-titles. Lectures/seminars will be conducted in English.
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    Course Coordinator: Daniela Rose

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    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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