Global Rome: Culture and Identity in the Italian Capital (HUMN2021)

Global Rome: Culture and Identity in the Italian Capital


Dr Christopher Bishop

Want to find out more about HUMN2021 Global Rome: Culture and Identity in the Italian Capital? Where are we going? What we are doing? Who’s teaching the course? The answer to these questions, and more, is below.


Where and when is the course being held?

The course will be held in Rome. It starts on Tuesday 19 November at 9 am and finishes on Friday 6 December 2019.

Who will teach the course?

The course will be taught by:

Dr Christopher Bishop

Dr Katharina Bonzel

Do I need to be able to speak Italian to enrol?

No. The entire course will be taught in English, and you will be accompanied by staff members from ANU who speak Italian if you require assistance during your trip.

Where will we go, what will we do?

This course will explore the city of Rome through the analysis of its cultural representations as well as on-site visits to culturally significant neighbourhoods, cultural sites, museums and film locations. Taking the city as an analytical object, the course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of Rome's complex history and its role in constructing, reinforcing and re-inventing Italian cultural and political identity. To this end, the course will question widespread assumptions and dominant narratives concerning Rome as a global tourist destination and as the cultural and political capital of Italy. Topics covered in the course include the legacy of colonial history, migration, and youth marginalization.

There will be two teaching sessions each day. The morning session will be held in a class room at the hotel where we will be staying. As part of your course assessment and independent study requirements, the afternoon session will be spent in group activities exploring various locations around Rome.

How does this course fit into my degree and are there any prerequisites?

We welcome students from all disciplinary backgrounds, so you do not need to be enrolled in any particular major to take this course. This is an intensive course that will earn 6 units towards your degree.

The course may count towards a Screen Studies Major or Minor, and may also count towards electives in your program of study (provided you have space for electives). Please seek advice from your College Student Office if you are unsure.

If you are intending to enrol, you need to have completed 36 units towards your ANU degree. If you do not meet that requirement (eg students who have completed 24 units at first year at the ANU and will have completed 12 more units before departing for overseas) admission can be approved by the Course Convenor.

What will the assessment tasks involve?

Assessment has been tailored to take advantage of teaching and learning ‘in the field’, engaging with places and objects of historical and cultural interest. There is a strong component of collaborative learning (through group work), an opportunity for you to draw on your own skills and interests and (although most of the assessment will be completed abroad) a chance to reflect on your experience on your return to Australia.

Please visit for specific assessment information.

Are there preliminary readings/activities?

We understand that most students will be committed to course work for other subjects in the first semester, so preliminary readings will be kept to a minimum. Readings (and other helpful resources) will be distributed via a designated Wattle site in September. In addition, there will be a pre-departure information session in October 2019 (date to be confirmed).

What are the tuition fees associated with this course?

This course will incur the same tuition fee of any 6 unit course offered at the ANU.

Please visit for tuition fee information.

Are there additional costs for the course?

Yes, there are additional costs for this course. Students themselves will need to pay for return airfares, lunches, dinners, transport to/from the airport and metro travel in Rome.

In-country costs for accommodation (including breakfast), museum entries etc. are additional and will need to be paid to the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics (SLLL) prior to commencement of the course. There will be two styles of room accommodation offered for this course (single room and twin-share room). Please note that availability for each room type is limited and fees will be determined according to room type. At this stage it is envisaged that the costs for students in single room accommodation will be approx $2550 AUD and the costs for students in twin-share accommodation will be approx $1850 AUD.

How do I pay my in-country costs?

A non-refundable deposit of AUD $500 must be paid to the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics (SLLL) by Friday 26 July 2019. The remaining balance will be due by Monday 30 September 2019. Students intending to enrol in the course will be sent instructions on how to make these payments at the beginning of May 2019.

Is there any financial assistance I can access?

Domestic students may be eligible to take out an OS-HELP loan to enable this overseas travel. Please refer to the Australian government website:

Scholarships and travel grants may also be available to eligible students. Further details will be forwarded to students who submit an expression of interest.

Are places limited?

Yes. This course will have a maximum enrolment of 22 and places will be allocated to eligible students on a first in, first served basis.

Do I need to take out travel insurance?

On completion of the ANU Travel e-form, enrolled ANU students will be covered by ANU travel insurance for the duration of the course. The travel e-form (which includes a statement of any pre-existing medical conditions) must be completed and approved prior to departure. If you are intending to extend your travel dates beyond the ‘in the field’ course dates (ie 19 November-6 December 2019) you may wish to take out your own travel insurance.

Are there any other requirements for overseas travel for ANU Students?

Along with a valid passport, students are responsible for applying for any required visas to travel to Italy.

All enrolled students must have completed the ANU Travel Approval (e-form) and received approval prior to departure.

Are there any personal circumstances that might prevent me joining the course?

This course will involve walking around Rome, but will not involve strenuous activities. You must report any conditions that may affect your learning in the course to the convenor when you lodge the Expression of Interest below. It is important that international travellers ensure that they have obtained adequate health advice before their departure from Australia. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has useful information for 'Travelling Well' at

Can I get help organising my flights to and from Italy?

No. As people attending the course will want a variety of travel arrangements, the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics will not be able to assist you with organising your flights to and from Italy. So travel arrangements can be tailored to meet your specific needs, organising flights is your responsibility.

Are there safety issues I should be aware of?

The Australian National University’s first priority is your personal well-being and safety and staff will continuously monitor DFAT safety warnings prior to and during the course. In addition, students will be briefed on maintaining health and personal safety at the pre-departure information session in October.

What if I want to travel in Europe before or after the course?

Not a problem. Students will make their own way to Rome, tailoring their outward and return journey to suit their personal preferences. All you need to do is join the group for the first day teaching in the lobby of the hotel where we will be staying.

What do I do to apply for a place in the 2019 course?

Applications for the course closed on 6 June, 2019, and the first round of offers has now been made. However, if you are interested in participating in the course, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and your name may be placed on the course Waitlist. The EOI can take the form of a simple email (example below):

"I, (insert YOUR NAME), wish to request a place in HUMN2021 Global Rome. I understand that the course will be conducted from 19 November - 6 December 2019. I undertake to participate in all class activities outlined in ANU Programs and Courses during that time. I will have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards my degree by commencement in HUMN2021."

Please forward this email to Dr Christopher Bishop [] as soon as possible. Please include the subject heading “Global Rome” in your email.

Applications for the course Waitlist will remain open until Friday 27 September, 2019. Please be aware, however, that all available places in the course may be filled prior to that date.

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