HUM 350Italian Culture and Civilization Instructor: Prof. Vincenzo Selleri e-mail: email@example.com
Prof. Vincenzo Selleri teaches Italian, Italian Cinema and Italian culture and Civilization in CUNY, SUNY and St John’s University. His main fields of interest include Modern Italian Jewish History, Italian Literature and Italian Cinema.Course Description:What is Italy? Does an original Italian culture exist? How is theNational Italian identity perceived abroad and by Italian Citizens?The course will try to answer these and other questions throughthe study of the unification of Italy, exploring and comparingregional identities, tracking the evolution of the standard Italianlanguage, learning about the great literary and cinematic worksthat have influenced the Art of western civilizations. Topics willinclude fine arts, music, cinema, regional folklore and traditions,fashion, and gastronomy.
Required Textbooks:•None. All the reading material is available onBlackboard under copyright law.Recommended Textbooks:•Charles Killinger. Culture And Customs Of Italy,Greenwood, 2005.•Charles L. Killinger, The history of Italy. Greenwood2002.•Mario B. Mignone. Italy Today. Peter Lang. 2008
Learning Outcomes. In this course, students will:• Retrieve, evaluate, and interpret information from a variety of sources and points of view;• Evaluate evidence and arguments critically;• Produce well-reasoned written and oral arguments using evidence to support conclusions;• Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of the Humanities that are primarily analytical, critical, and speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences;• Analyze the historical development of Italian society;• Analyze and discuss the role that race, ethnicity, class, gender, language, sexual orientation, religion played in shaping the past and present of Italian society.•• Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:• Discuss major developments in the political, cultural, social, and economic realms of Italy, with an appreciation for its history, culture, traditions and viewpoints;• Recognize and understand patterns of continuity and change in their analysis of the political, cultural, economic, and social developments explored in the course;• Analyze a wide range of primary and secondary sources (texts, visual art, music) and appreciate them as historical and cultural evidence;• Examine and discuss current events with a historically informed perspective;• Compare and contrast the representation of Italy through its own history;• Shape and define a sincere but not stereotypical picture of modern Italy defining its regional differences and varieties;• Develop writing and oral presentation skills using well-organized bibliographies and other research tools appropriate to the discipline.
Attendance:This is an ON-LINE course!Attendence will be evaluated in the form of yourACTIVE participation to the discussion forumsincluded in every weekly module!Your posts will be evaluated qualitatively andquantitatively as explained in the rubrics.Please read the rubrics carefully beforesubmitting your posts.
Assignments:The students are responsible for studying theassigned material each week and to participatein the discussion forums before taking thequizzes.
GradingThe final grade will be calculated as follows:•Quizzes (12) _______________20%•Group Work _______________15%•Midterm _______________15%•Final exam _______________20%•Discussion Board _______________30%
VOCAB• Icebreaker: mandatory introductory test and presentation forum. Accessible from the side bar• Weekly module: contains the weekly lesson• Assignments: Discussion Board and Quiz• Discussion Board: participative blog linked in the weekly module or accessible from the side bar (content area). It’s graded!• Quiz: weekly homework, linked in the weekly module. It’s graded!• Group Work: Participative WIKI developed in two 2 weeks of collaborative effort