Module Catalogue 2022/23

PHI2021 : Italian Thought

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lorenzo Chiesa
  • Owning School: School X
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module aims to introduce students to some of the most important modern and contemporary philosophical conceptions of subjectivity and political agency in Italian thought and culture and to explore some of the most important twentieth and twentieth-first century critiques of them.

Outline Of Syllabus

Material covered may include, but is not limited to:
-       Biopolitics
-       Workerism and Neo-Workerism
-       Feminism of Difference
-       Italian Postmodernism
-       Italian Marxism
-       Genealogies of Italian political thought
-       “Italian Theory”

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will acquire an in depth range of specific knowledge enabling them to understand and critically engage with the material in question. In addition, they will develop the ability to apply ideas/concepts to relevant contemporary issues.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students will:
-       Be able to use the terminology of various modern and contemporary schools of Italian thought
-       Be able to compare and contrast different schools of Italian thought
-       Engage critically and sensitively with key texts

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Essay preparation and completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities101:0010:00Specific research or reading activities developed and directed by academic staff
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Review lecture material, prepare for small group teaching and assessment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will provide essential subject-specific knowledge on a range of seminal thinkers and ideas. Seminars permit discussion of the relative merits of these thinkers and ideas and guide independent analysis, interpretation, and critique.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A1002000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will be assessed by a 2000-word essay and will be able to choose from a range of essay questions. The essay tests the ability to think analytically, creatively, self-critically and independently as well as managing one’s own work to set time limits. This assessment method also gauges the students’ ability to move between generalisation and appropriately detailed discussion, to cite relevant texts and interpret them adequately, to discover examples in support of or to challenge a position, and to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant considerations.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.