Understand Europe today

Cultural Diversity in Contemporary Europe

In this unit students will be introduced to the main overarching theories concerning migration and cultural diversity. Students will also encounter numerous concepts and perspectives including amongst others, cosmopolitanism, assimilation, integration, multiculturalism, insider-outsider relations and the notion of ‘othering’. Issues relating to race, culture, identity and citizenship will also be considered.

Global Creative Cities

In this unit students will be introduced to the themes of ‘creative cities’ in the specific context of urban change and regeneration in contemporary Italy and European cities more generally. These themes include the production and consumption of culture (media and film industries; media cities; cultural production clusters; culture-led urban regeneration; and city branding and identity through culture.

Italy on Film

You are introduced to post-war Italian cinema and its cultural contexts, and are familiarised with a variety of critical approaches which allows you to analyse the films as representatives of specific cinematographic genres and styles, and as reflections on and interpretations of post-war Italian culture. The unit covers issues such as wartime resistance; fascism; migration within, from and to Italy amongst others.

Journalism and Global Change in Europe

This unit will explore the significance of people power to journalism through the lens of one of the biggest stories of our time: the migration crisis in Europe. By focusing on the story that has seen hundreds of thousands of migrants cross the continent in search of asylum since 2014, students will explore the theory and practice of less-conventional forms of reporting that are raising issues of advocacy, agency and accountability in journalism.

Screening Contemporary Europe

Europe is the birthplace of cinema, and from the silent era through to Italian neo-realism, to the new waves of the 1960s and 70s, European cinema changed the way we see and know the world. In this unit we trace the development of European cinema after the fall of the Berlin Wall and into the 21 st century.

The European Union from Consensus to Crisis

The European Union is a unique historic and political achievement. It helped turn Europe into a zone of peace and contributed to the consolidation of democracy in the post-fascist and communist eras. Yet it is also a polity in profound crisis. Students completing this unit in Prato will gain a deep understanding of the origins of today’s European Union and the pathologies of its multiple crises.

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