Italian Studies-Interdisciplinary, Courses with Service Learning Components, Anthropology & Sociology


SOIT 360:

Contemporary Italy: Culture, Society and Trends*

Instructor: Antonella Valoroso - Ph.D.
Credits: 3
Course/Lab Fee: 65 € (course reader fee announced during orientation)
Prerequisite: None

Course Description
This course will provide students with an in-depth overview and analysis of the events which, in approximately the last 140 years, have shaped Italy and the lives of Italians. Information and analysis will be provided on such topics as regionalism, language, social and political cultures, the Church, feminism, resistance, organized crime, literature, cinema, the mass media, music, and the impact global trends have had on Italian culture. American stereotypes of Italy and Italians will also be addressed. Students will be encouraged to participate actively in classroom discussions.

 

Upon completion of this course, students will have acquired a sufficient appreciation of modern Italian culture and an analytical framework suitable to addressing and understanding complex cultural issues in Italy with a certain depth and sophistication.

 

Course Objectives

  • Acquire a sufficient appreciation of modern Italian culture and an analytical framework suitable to addressing and understanding complex cultural issues in Italy with a certain depth and sophistication

Service-Learning Project Descriptions

In this course, students have the opportunity to apply for La Famiglia Italiana Project for which selected pairs of students are assigned to an Italian host family in Perugia. Each week, the students meet with the family for a culture and language exchange structured around course themes to gain a deeper understanding of Italian customs and practices. Visit this Umbra blog entry to read about the Fall 2012 La Famiglia Italiana Project experience. 

 

Course Materials

Baraski, Zygmunt G. and Rebecca J. West (Eds.). The Cambridge Companion to Modern Italian Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Mandatory course reader

 

Field Trips

Students will take a day trip to Siena, where they will take a rare, private tour of one of the historic contrade, or neighborhoods, which participate in the famous Palio horse race.

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