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Italian (IT)

IT 485 Italian-American Cultural Studies (3) In-depth exploration of Italian-American cultural contributions.

IT 485 Italian-American Cultural Studies (3)

Italian-American Cultural Studies explores the representation of self-representation of Italian-Americans that have been produced over the past century in a variety of aesthetic forms. Through analysis of literary and cinematic works, informed by readings in history and sociology, students will refine their critical reading and writing skills, come to a deeper understanding of important currents in 20th-century American history, gain a more informed appreciation of the contributions of Italian-Americans to the arts, engage critically with concepts such as "identity," "ethnicity," "gender," and "heritage." This course fulfills requirements for the major and minor in Italian, and allows students interested in Italian-American culture to undertake more in-depth and specialized study than is possible in the 100-level General Education survey offered by the department in English. Evaluation methods include participation in class discussion, short analysis papers, and a longer (8-10 page) research paper. The ability to screen VHS and DVD videos is necessary.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of program

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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