What the Italians did for us: the influence of Italians on British society and culture
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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Since the time of the Roman conquest, in 43 AD, Italians have always been present on British soil, with bankers, inventors, artists, musicians, scholars, businessmen alongside thousands of immigrants who escaped the poor farming lands of Italy. Thanks to their genius and creativity they brought innovations and influenced British culture and society across the centuries.
This course is a journey into Italian immigration in Britain, from the Lombard community in London in the Middle Ages, to the lives of personalities such as Guglielmo Marconi, Antonio Panizzi, Dante Gabriele Rossetti, and more recently Charles Forte, and many more.
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in the topic. No previous knowledge of the subject is assumed.
Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of small group work. This is a 10-credit course, so there will be two-hour meetings once a week (20 contact hours in all) which will include group discussion, exercises, source analysis and presentation of material on PowerPoint and DVD. The aim is ensure that the classes are enjoyable and stimulating for all. This will encourage the development of knowledge and understanding of the topics and ideas discussed in the course.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
You will not have a formal examination but you will be asked to produce some written work (1500 words). This may include a set of short responses to questions (such as a questionnaire or quiz), an oral presentation, or a more extended essay.
- Terri Colpi, The Italian factor. The Italian Community in Great Britain, Edinburgh and London: Mainstream, 1991.
- Umberto Marin, Italiani in Gran Bretagna, Roma: Centro Studi Emigrazione, 1975.
- Centurione Scotto Boschieri F., Italiani a Londra. Da Cesare a Forte. Ediz. italiana e inglese (bilingual edition), Lucca: Pacini Fazzi, 2012.
- Lucio Sponza and Arturo Tosi (eds.), ‘A Century of Italian Emigration to Britain 1880-1980s’, The Italianist, 13 (1993), 7-96.
- Sponza, Lucio, Italian Immigrants in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Realities and Images (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1988)
- Giovanna Farrell-Vinay, The London Exile of Don Luigi Sturzo (1924-1940), HeyJ, XLV (2004), 158-177.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
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