Scuola internazionale delle Arti e della Cultura italiana

CREDITS: US 3/4 - ECTS 6

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course explores artwork produced in Italy from the 14th century until 17th century. It will focus on the relationship of the works of art to their cultural and historical importance in the time period of when they were produced. Emphasis will be placed on the function of the artwork as well its relationship to the artwork’s patron, artist and/or location.

CREDITS: US 3/4 - ECTS 6

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course offers a survey of modern Italian history from 1815 to the present. Besides presenting historical events, it inquires into the very making of late-modern/contemporary Italy. The course is organized along two main lines: chronological and thematic. Chronologically, it documents developments and key turning points in Italian history from the end of Napoleonic wars (1815) to our days. Part I introduces the early stage (from the advent of Risorgimento to the WW1) and the fascist times (fascism and WW2). Part II is dedicated to Republican times (the first and the second republic, and beyond). Thematically, it investigates key patterns: the nation (ethnic roots, language) and its nationalist turn (colonialism, racism); religion (Catholicism); the modern state and its pillars (the constitution, institutional setting, the party system); economy (from poverty to consumerism; ‘Made in Italy’; food culture); society (social stratification, family, and gender); geography (territory; South–North); informal institutions (mafia, terrorism, corruption); arts (literature, painting, architecture, cinema, music). In addition, the course places Italian events within a European and world-wide framework.

CREDITS: US 3/4 - ECTS 6

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course aims at reconstructing the core elements of Italian politics, from three different points of view: history, political system and political culture. After a brief introduction to the main elements of political science and to the Italian context, the course is divided into three parts, corresponding to these aspects. The introductory lectures are mainly historical and aim at reconstructing the shape of the Italian political system and culture as they emerged from the process of state-building started with the unification of the country in 1861, and from the transition to democracy after the Second World War. This part is dedicated in particular to the rise and consolidation of mass political parties (Christian Democracy, Socialist Party and Communist Party), the role of Italian unconventional political actors, the 1970s as an era of massive collective action, the political crisis of the early 1990s and the new political system that emerged from it. The second part of the course is dedicated to the description of the current Italian political system. It starts from an analysis of the Italian Constitution and it includes lectures on the role of executive, legislative and judiciary power, on electoral laws and party system, on the relationship between central and local government and on the gradual integration of Italy into the European Union. The third part is dedicated to the Italian political culture and it discusses some peculiar topics, such as the role of organised crime, the influence of the Catholic Church, or the evolution of the media system, that which have been deeply influencing Italian politics. Throughout the course, principles, theories and methods of political science will be introduced, through the reference to Italian examples.

CREDITS: US 3/4 - ECTS 6

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course will introduce students to Italian literature of the twentieth century using the theory of the avant-garde as a critical jumping-off point from which to study the movements within, and the resistances to Italian literary tradition that marked this turbulent historical period. To accentuate the stylistic and formal qualities of avant-garde literature, students will have the chance to choose between two different texts, each of which represents the various movements that we will explore and seek to define. I hope that this will enhance our in-class discussions and provide us with the opportunity to achieve a deeper understanding of the greater complexities of the scope and aims of literary movements in general.

CREDITS: US 3/4 - ECTS 6

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course introduces the student to the world of Italian Cinema. In the first part the class will be analysing Neorealism, a cinematic phenomenon that deeply influenced the ideological and aesthetic rules of film art. In the second part we will concentrate on the films that mark the decline of Neorealism and the talent of ‘new’ auteurs such as Fellini and Antonioni. The last part of the course will be devoted to the cinema from 1970’s to the present in order to pay attention to the latest developments of the Italian industry. The course is a general analysis of post-war cinema and a parallel social history of this period using films as ‘decoded historical evidence’. Together with masterpieces such as Open city and The bicycle thief the screenings will include films of the Italian directors of the ‘cinema d’autore’ such as The conformist, Life is Beautiful and the 2004 candidate for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, I am not scared. The class will also analyse the different aspects of Film making both in Italian and the U.S. industry where I had the pleasure to work for many years in the Editing Department on Films such as The dead poet society and The Godfather part 3. The Films in DVD format are dubbed in English or sub-titled.



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