This course will provide you 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. You will be encouraged to participate actively in classroom discussions.
Upon completion of this course, you 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.
- 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
This course includes an additional one-credit Italian language section for a total of 4 credits. Please note: Only those of you with an intermediate Italian proficiency level (one year of college level Italian or more) are eligible to enroll in SOIT 360i with the additional Italian component. Please click here to find out more!
Service Learning Project Description
In this course, you 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, you will 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. At the end of the semester, you will present your project to the Umbra community.
Mandatory course reader
You will take an overnight trip to Livorno and Siena where you will take a rare, private tour of one of the historic contrade, or neighborhoods, which participate in the famous Palio horse race.