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 on Blackboard under copyright law.Recommended Textbooks:• Charles Killinger. Culture And Customs Of Italy, Greenwood, 2005.• Charles L. Killinger, The history of Italy. Greenwood 2002.• Mario B. Mignone. Italy Today. Peter Lang. 2008
Course Objectives:By the end of the semester, each • To independently become acquainted with some specific Italian cultural concepts.student shall: • To be able to control and collect information• Shape and define a sincere but not through appropriate sources. stereotypical picture of modern Italy • To realize the importance of a historical• Provide a unified image of Italy but also framework. define its regional differences and varieties • To be able to structure and integrate gained• Compare and contrast the representation of knowledge. Italy through its own history • To be able to refer to history during the first• Write short and long papers on the topics introduction to literature.• Develop oral presentation skills• Use the Internet as resources for research on all aspects of the course;• Use and cite bibliographies and other research tools appropriate to the discipline;• To have knowledge of the most important terminology and realia of the history and culture of Italy.• To understand the current Italian society.• To be able to develop a vision on the new developments in the Italian society.
Attendance:Punctual attendance and participation in allclass meetings are essential and required. Nowritten work can replace missed class time,since many class meetings will be organizedaround interactive use of the internet and othermedia. More than ONE undocumented(unexcused) absence will result in the loweringof the final grade for the course.
Assignments:The students are responsible for preparing materialassigned each week before coming to class.Assignments will be in a variety of modalities:Readings will be reviewed in quizzes and analyzedin discussions, written assignments and “e-logs”(that is, brief reflections that you will e-mail to meand I will in turn respond by e-mail). Three quizzeswill be given during the semester, during the first 20minutes of class. During the semester the studentswill be expected to attend a cultural event * andprepare an oral presentation on it. The final examwill be cumulative.
CULTURAL EVENT:During the semester the students will have thechoice of one cultural event to attend and theymust prepare an oral presentation on the basisof a written report of the event. They maychoose concerts, operas, museums, plays orother types of events in consultation with theinstructor. The event must relate to the contentof the course. The students will be given morespecific guidelines for the report in the first fewclass meetings.
GradingThe final grade will be calculated as follows:• Quizzes (3) ___________________15%• Essay __________________15%• Cultural Report/Oral presentation (1) _____________ 10%• E-logs (10) ________________20%• Midterm __________________10%• Final exam ___________________20%• Attendance/participation ___________________10%
COURSE OUTLINE• Week 1 • Week 9• Introduction: • Primo Levi and Italian Shoa pt2• Italian Culture and Stereotypes • Week 10• Week 2 • The great scientists: Galieo Galilei• The Unification of Italy• Different Italians. The South and the North of Italy. • Week 11 • The Italian Organized Crime• Week 3 • Essay #2• The Italian national anthem.• The Italian flag. The emblem of the Italian Republic. • Week 12• National Italian identity and the issue of language • Migration, Immigration and Emigration • Cultural Report• Week 4• Regions and Cities: National and regional traditions : Calabria • Week 13• QUIZ #1 • Manufacturing, engineering and advanced technologies • QUIZ #3• Week 5• Regions and Cities: National and regional traditions : Puglia • Week 14 • Review• Week 6 • Final Exam• Commedia dell’arte and the masks• Essay #1• Week 7• Calvino and the Italian fairytales• Week 8• Primo Levi and Italian Shoa pt1• QUIZ #2
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