The Italian City: Historical and Literary Perspectives

Credit points 6 credit points
Location Monash Prato Centre, Italy
CoordinatorsDr Annamaria Pagliaro
Overseas datesArts Semester in Prato
Application open2018 Applications Closed
Application processSee here for how to apply

Program details

This unit explores Italian cityscapes through their monuments and art works and their representation in literature and film. It offers a journey through the social spaces of the modern city to the virtual zones of the postmodern city. By visiting the city through literature and film students will be exposed to a diversity of texts, written and visual, that grapple with the complexity of urban spaces and with challenges posed to Italian cities by increased migration. In addition to considering textual representations of urban spaces, a particular focus of the unit will be the urban biography of Prato, from the Middle Ages to the present day. This will include examining how Prato’s remarkable economic history has contributed to its distinctive civic identity, and how the culture of the city is reflected in contemporary writings.

Key dates

Pre-departure Session (Compulsory) May 2018
Overseas Dates 19 November – 14 December 2018 (Block 3)
Results See here


All students will receive a Monash Abroad Travel Grant.

Find out more about scholarships and loans available for all outbound students.

Program fee

Deposit (paid on application) $300
Balance (paid on acceptance) $0
Total $300

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.