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PL 215 Italian Politics and Society John Cabot University - Full Curriculum Program Fall 2019 Semester - Rome

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PL 215 Italian Politics and Society

PL 215 Italian Politics and Society Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: John Cabot University
Location: Rome, Italy
Primary Subject Area: Political Science
Other Subject Area: Cultural Studies, International Relations
Instruction in: English
Course Details: Level 200
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45
Prerequisites: PL 223 recommended for students majoring in Political Science and International Affairs


This course examines the evolution of Italian political culture from 1945 to the present. Highlighting the problems of developing a national identity and the legacies of Fascism and the Resistance in influencing the 1948 Constitution, the course will look at Italy?s position during the Cold War, the economic miracle of the 1950s, the political conflicts of the 1960s and 1970s, the end of the First Republic and the political scene since 1992, as well as the political influence of such actors as the Vatican and the Mafia. This course examines the major features of the political and social systems of the Italian Republic. Topics of analysis include the Constitution, the Italian economy, the role of the State, unions, the relationship between North and South, NATO, the U.S.-Italian partnership, and the European Union. Special attention will be given to the political developments leading to the establishment of the Second Republic.

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