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Critical Perspectives on Italy: Contemporary Culture & Society Virtual: Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Program Fall 2020 Semester - Early Start 3 Course - Virtual

Critical Perspectives on Italy: Contemporary Culture & Society

Critical Perspectives on Italy: Contemporary Culture & Society Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: CEA Virtual Center
Location: Virtual, Virtual
Primary Subject Area: Sociology
Other Subject Area: Culinary Arts, Anthropology
Instruction in: English
Course Code: SOC320
Transcript Source: TBD
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 45
Prerequisites: Two one-hundred or one two-hundred level courses in the subject area(s) of instruction


This course provides you with an interactive experience of contemporary life in Italy, by exploring a range of defining features of this country and its people. In-class and on-site lectures will alert you to salient socio-political and cultural phenomena in current Italian life, triggering critical analysis and evaluation of your surroundings. In particular, you will observe and reflect on practices of identity formation, as these are expressed in class, gender, and community relations; political allegiance and conflict; cultural alignment or dissent; social solidarity and artistic innovation.

You will actively and independently deploy the primary modes of sociological research to directly engage the host society: participant observation, interviews, and field-notes. These will provide opportunities to compare your own direct experiences with scholarly literature on contemporary Italy in an attempt to identify specific local expressions of broadly identified social patterns.

This course is taught in English and requires no prior study of Italian language, but your direct engagement with Italian society will expose you to the Italian language in a variety of contexts, and you will be encouraged to extend and apply your developing language skills at whatever level they are.

This course was previously offered under the title: Living Italy: Contemporary Culture & Society
*This course is cross-listed as ANT320

This course is taught in a virtual format by one of CEA's onsite instructors from across our 8 study center locations.

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