Introduction to Italian Culture
This course is designed for students who are interested in deepening their knowledge of Italian culture, language, literature, and film. By analyzing a graphic novel, films, short stories, poems, and non-fictional texts, students will improve their Italian linguistic and cultural knowledge. The course will discuss Fascism, Italian dialects, brigate rosse, mafia, futurism, neorealism, and regional differences, among other topics. Students will learn more about Italian culture and develop their writing skills by working through four units which build upon each other (“Family, Fairytales, and History,” “Identities, Regions, and Nation,” “Movements, Art, and Poetry,” and “La dolce vita, Love, and Society”). The course is ideal for students who enjoy Italian culture, wish to continue their study of Italian, have returned from Italy, plan on going to Italy, or who are considering concentrating in Italian or Romance Studies.