83693 - Introduction to Italian Culture (2)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The course is primarily addressed to UNIBO international students from all Schools and Departments, with the goal of introducing them to the culture and history of their hosting country and city, but also for operating as a space of integration between international and local students. At the end of the course students will acquire a basic knowledge of crucial aspects of the Italian cultural heritage across different disciplines and an awareness of the complexities of Italian history and society.

Course contents

Conceived as an interdisciplinary program, the course is taught in English, and consists of two seminar cycles, one for each semester (30 hours each for a total amount of 60 hours per year). Every week some of our best faculty and guest lecturers will offer new insights on crucial aspects of Italian culture. Students can attend single classes of their interest, but they can also obtain academic credits through regular attendance and coursework. If CoViD regulations will allow, the semester will also include special events in which students will have the opportunity to visit some of Bologna’s most important cultural institutions that will be defined before the beginning of the seminar.

The lectures will take place on Thursdays from 8 to 10 p.m.in the Aula Magna, Piazza Scaravilli.

Participants will get 6 credits (CFU) for each seminar cycle (12 CFU in total). Attendance is mandatory (only 2 absences per semester are allowed) and students are required to submit a 10-page paper (approx. 4,000 words) at the end of each semester on one of the topics discussed during the course. In order to get credits, students must include INTRODUCTION TO ITALIAN CULTURE in their STUDY PLAN before the beginning of the relevant semester.

All students are welcome to attend the first introductory session (2 February).

Info in summary

  • All students welcome (recommended for international students)
  • 2 seminar cycles (Thursdays 8-10 pm) + special events/field trips; 30 hours/6 CFUs each semester
  • To get the credits: you can attend either a single semester (6 CFU) or both (12 CFU); attendance is mandatory (only two absences per semester allowed), you must submit the final essay(s); you must include the course in your study plan before the beginning of the semester (course code: 83692).
  • Assessment: 10-page paper (approx. 4,000 words) per semester (pass/fail)
  • Teaching Language: English

Lecture Plan Spring 2023

    • Feb 2 Welcome Day: Introduction to the course
    • Feb 9 Civil Society Against the Mafia, Franca Dellarosa (University of Bari)
    • Feb 16 Where Does the Italian Language Come From? Chiara Gianollo
    • Feb 23 Fascism and Neofascism in Italy, Stefano Cavazza
    • Mar 2 From Properzia de' Rossi to Elisabetta Sirani: One Hundred Years of Great Italian Artists, Paolo Cova
    • Mar 9 The Reform of Mental Healthcare in Italy (1978): Its Context and Political Thought, Antonio Del Vecchio
    • Mar 16 Text and Image: The Episode of Paolo and Francesca (Inferno 5), Angelo Mangini
    • Mar 23 What is Happening in Contemporary Italian? Silvia Ballarè
    • Mar 30 Jhumpa Lahiri, Title TBC
    • Apr 13 The Fictionalization of Artemisia Gentileschi, Filippo Milani
    • Apr 20 Love and Reason. Introduction to Dante's Vita nova, Nicolò Maldina
    • Apr 27 Italian Social Movements since 1968, Marica Tolomelli

Teaching methods

Lectures and special events/field trips.

Assessment methods

To get the credits, students are required to submit a 10-page paper (approx. 4,000 words) at the end of each semester on one of the topics discussed during the course. The essay is assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Office hours

See the website of Angelo Maria Mangini