Italian Culture for Foreign Students II

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
This course aims to provide students who have already passed the "Italian Culture for Foreign Students 1" exam with a more thorough knowledge of the cultural developments in 20-21th century Italy.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students are expected to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the Italian cultural developments and of the literary texts included in the syllabus.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Modernization processes: individual and society, work and family in Twentieth-century Italy.

The great modernization of the second half of the Twentieth century has brought extraordinary changes in Italian culture: social relationships change, family relationships change, the role of women in society changes. Economic changes lead to an overall reconfiguration of society and its culture: the first teaching unit then explores some aspects of Italian culture and society in order to provide students with the notions and perspectives necessary to understand the events and choices representative of the literary works, object of the second part of the course.
Prerequisites for admission
The course is aimed at students who have already passed the exam of Italian culture for foreigners I, and are therefore in possession of the main notions of socio-economic, political and cultural history of contemporary Italy.
Teaching methods
The lesson is set up frontally, but ample space is reserved for students' questions and reading literary passages.
Teaching Resources
Attending students:
Attending students must demonstrate knowledge of the content of the lessons and the chapters. 2, Il miracolo economico e il centrosinistra; 3, La stagione dei movimenti; 4, La crisi della Repubblica of the following volume: Guido Crainz, L'Italia repubblicana, Giunti, pp. 36-109. We also recommend the reading of A. Martinelli, A. M. Chiesi, La cultura, in La società italiana, Laterza, pp. 152-192.
Attending students must also demonstrate knowledge of the content of the lessons and reading of the following literary works: Beppe Fenoglio, La malora, Einaudi. Full reading.
Primo Levi, La chiave a stella, Einaudi. Reading of the commented texts in the classroom.

Non-attending students will have to add the reading by A. Martinelli, A. M. Chiesi, La Cultura, in La Società italiana, Laterza, pp. 152-192. They will also have to prepare a short oral presentation on the lives of Beppe Fenoglio and Primo Levi. It is recommended to contact the teacher for the preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral interview on the topics of the program, aimed at ascertaining the knowledge of the main topics covered and in particular the acquisition of the fundamental notions relating to important cultural aspects of the United Italy. Attendance at lessons is strongly recommended for better exam preparation.
There are no intermediate tests, nor exams with partial programs: students must present all the teaching units to the exam, without exception. Students must register through the appropriate links on the University website: only in this case the exams can be regularly registered.
Teaching Unit 1
Lessons: 20 hours
Teaching Unit 2
Lessons: 20 hours
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