Focus on Italy: Culture, History and Enterprise
"Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life." - Anna Akhmatova, poet
At a Glance
- Live online course
- 2 hours a week
- Thursdays 18:00 - 20:00
- 10 weeks: October to December
- Tutors: Sheila Lecoeur and Angela Letizia Downes
- Fees from £115 to £210
- Imperial College attendance certificate (T&Cs apply)
This exciting new course will offer insight into Italy’s many contributions to art and civilization. Within the framework of land-mark periods in Italian history, it will look at creativity and enterprise from the Romans to the present day.
While the glories of some Italian art are better-known, there is much to discover about Italy’s flair for design and technology, as well as modern art movements, cinema, art and architecture.
From the first racing cars to stream-lined domestic appliances, from high fashion to a major contribution to world cuisine, this course will open-up new perspectives and inspire students to explore Italy for themselves.
This is a live-taught online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course delivery'.
Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.
Course Programme (subject to possible minor modification)
Session 1: The Roman world
This session provides an introduction to the geography and local context in which the Romans took control of ‘Italy’ in less than 70 years, including the contributions of some of the great thinkers and archaeological evidence.
Session 2: The Roman empire
The political and social changes to life in Europe under Rome and the debates which still influence us today. Innovations in architecture and artistic expression in mosaics and portraits.
Session 3: Trade and enterprise in the Middle Ages
The growth of the Italian merchant republics and independent communes. The flourishing of Venice.
Session 4: The Renaissance
How Florence became a centre for a flowering of the Arts, boosted by great wealth and influence. Artists such as Giotto and the architecture of Brunelleschi.
Session 5: The struggle for independence and its manifestation in art and literature: Manzoni, Verdi and others.
Session 6: The Unification of Italy: Mazzini, Cavour, Garibaldi.
Session 7: Italy in the 20th century: science and art.
Session 8: Italy under Mussolini: modernization, war and destruction. Fascist art and architecture.
Session 9: Post-war Italy: invention, and reconstruction. The uneven development of North and South.
Session 10: Italian style, design and enterprise in cars, consumer goods, food, fashion and sport.
Suggested materials for additional reading
- SPQR A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
- History of the Italian People by Giuliano Procacci
- A Brief History of Italy by Jeremy Black
- A Short History of the Italian Renaissance by Virginia Cox
- The Pursuit of Italy by David Gilmour
Dr Sheila Lecoeur has specialised in Italian studies and is currently Coordinator of Italian in the Centre for Languages, Communication and Culture.
Sheila is also a social historian of Europe in the 20th century, with a particular interest in the history of fascism and the Second World War. Sheila has engaged in historical research and has produced a documentary film about Greece in World War II for television. Her book on the Italian occupation of Greece, ‘Mussolini’s Greek island’, has also been translated into Greek. She is currently working on a second documentary film on the present crisis in Greece.
Angela Letizia Downes has a background in classical studies from the university of Naples. She has long term experience of Italian studies which she has taught for many years. Her current research interest is the development of artistic and architectural innovations in Italy since Roman times.
Course Delivery Method: Live Online (Teams)
All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.
All times stated are British Standard Time.
To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.
This course will use Teams as its online delivery method. Teams is easy to use. You will need to log into your existing Teams account or, alternatively, please create a free account here. Near the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a Teams web link that will allow you to access the course. All you need do is click on the course link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class. Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.
All courses lasting two hours have a 10-minute break in the middle. For one-hour courses there is no break.
Course Fees and Rate Categories
|Hours||Weeks||Standard Rate||Internal Rate||Associate Rate|
|20||10|| £210 (Early Bird Rate: £190*)
||£125 (Early Bird Rate: £115*)||£165 (Early Bird Rate: £150*)|
|* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before the end of 30 September for courses starting in October|
Rate Categories and Discounts
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Applicable terms & conditions
Please read the Terms and Conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.
|Hours||Weeks||Autumn term||Spring term||Summer term||Summer School|
|20||10||11 Oct - 13 Dec 2021 (10 weeks)||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|This is a one-term course|
Web enrolment starts 2nd August 2021
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|What is sent||When is it sent||What does it contain|
|1. Payment confirmation||Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application||
|2. Enrolment confirmation||Is sent within 10 working days. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received||
|3. Programme information||Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts||
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Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be addressed to the tutor, Dr Sheila Lecoeur, email@example.com
If you have enjoyed this course, why not look at other arts and humanities evening class courses at Imperial College. This includes courses on the history of western art from ancient Greece to the nineteenth century, Understanding Modern and Design, the history of film and cinema and Greek and Roman mythology in art. We also run practical courses in art and photography and creative writing classes, and a growing programme of science based evening classes.