Modern Italian political thought

UnitATS2276 / ATS3276
Credit points 6 credit points
Location Monash Prato Centre, Italy
CoordinatorsDr Michael Ure
Overseas datesArts Semester in Prato
Application processSee here for how to apply

Program details

The unit surveys Italian political thought & practice from the Renaissance to the New Millennium. It aims to give students a clear understanding of modern & contemporary Italian political ideas, culture and institutions. It begins by examining Italian political thinkers, diplomats, and activists’ seminal contribution to Renaissance, Enlightenment and Modern political theories and movements. It then shows how Italian political thinkers shaped the competing ideologies at the heart of twentieth century Europe’s crises & revolutions: Liberalism, Marxism and Fascism. It will focus on one of Prato’s most famous citizens, political theorist, diplomat, journalist, novelist and director Curzio Malaparte, whose life and work is a microcosm of these ideological disputes. It takes students to the present day by studying the rise and fall of Italy’s First Republic (1948-1992) and its consensus democracy; the birth of the Second Republic (1992-), with its hopes for rebuilding Italian democratic institutions and civic culture in the context of endemic political corruption; and the recent emergence of Italian populist, anti-European Union movements.


All students will receive a Monash Abroad Travel Grant.

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Program fee

Deposit (paid on application) $TBC
Balance (paid on acceptance) $TBC
Total $TBC

Included in program fee

  • Site entrance fees
  • Parliamo Italian Language + culture sessions
  • Travel Insurance (All outgoing students will receive complementary travel insurance)

Not included in program fee

  • All meals
  • Spending money
  • Visa
  • International Return Flights + Transfers *
  • Accommodation (see below)**
  • Tuition Fee (Monash students will be charged fees according to their verified funding status)

Accommodation fee

For security, safety and visa requirements, all students undertaking units in Block 1, 2 or 3 must stay in Monash-approved accommodation in Prato. For this reason, Monash University will arrange your accommodation in Prato. Non-refundable accommodation deposits are required prior to application approval.

If you are undertaking a Study Tour in Block 3, the accommodation deposit is built into your program fee for this block.

 1 Block2 Blocks3 Blocks
Deposit (Paid on application) $500 $1,000 $1,500
Balance (Paid on acceptance into program) TBC** TBC** TBC**
Please read our refund procedure carefully before applying
* Students should not book flights until after your application has been endorsed by the Faculty and the Faculty has confirmed the program will be going ahead.
** Multiple types/prices of accommodation will be available – Arts Global Programs will liaise with you once your application has been approved.