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Intensive Italian for Academic Purposes

Language and Culture Ivan Tassi

MEDIOEVO1The Intensive Course of Italian Language and Culture is the first step of your university experience in Italy. It is mandatory, starts soon after your arrival in Bologna and ends when the E.C.Co. and the UniBo courses start. The Intensive Course lasts three weeks.

This course gives you the opportunity to get to know the city of Bologna through a total language and cultural immersion. The topics – the Middle Ages, Italian Opera and the Bologna Resistance – are introduced in their historical, artistic, and linguistic contexts both in class and during guided tours. The course also includes a review and practice of grammar structures.… Continue reading

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The Disobedient, the Abnormal and the Criminal in Italian Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century

Italian Literature    Syllabus       Giacomo Mannironi

The course focuses on the theme of disobedience from the second half of the 18th century to the opening decades of the twentieth.  Observing how literature, science and the press approach acts of disobedience to societal norms allows to us to understand by way of contrast how the ideal rules of behaviour for men and women—”the good Italian”—in the pre-and post-unification periods were defined. The texts studied in the course illustrate the birth of an ideology that sets out to establish in ever more definitive and sharp terms that which is normal and acceptable by concentrating on that which is abnormal and unacceptable.

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History of Science in Italy from the Late Middle Ages to the Enlightenment

History of Science    Syllabus    Gian Mario Cao

This course traces the history of Western science from the late Middle Ages to the scientific revolution from an Italian perspective. It aims to account for the transformations of scientific discourse over nearly six centuries by integrating the traditional narrative of epoch-making discoveries and advances with an exploration of the contexts within which science was not only practiced and disseminated, but also criticized and opposed.… Continue reading

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Italy and the Mediterranean between Europe, Africa and the Middle East

Mediterranean Studies        Syllabus           Giulia Crippa

The aim of the course is to give students tools to study the cultural processes that have characterized the Mediterranean area over the centuries.  Students will be introduced to important theories and methodologies that will help them understand the various dynamics and key terms necessary to study the role played by Italy and other European and Mediterranean nations from the past to the present.  A central concept of the course is coloniality. Through the study of the cultural processes that have marked the western model of coloniality, students will be able to have a fuller understanding of the postcolonial variants of these processes as they have developed from the second half of the twentieth century on.Continue reading

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Renaissance and Early Baroque Art in Bologna: From Vitale da Bologna to Domenichino and Guido Reni

History of Art  Syllabus   Elisabetta Cunsolo

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The rich artistic patrimony of Bologna is a powerful testament to the city’s great cultural importance over the centuries. Due to its favorable location, as well as to the presence of its ancient and distinguished university, Bologna has always been recognized for its great geo-political importance as a place from which many new ideas were diffused throughout the Apennine peninsula and beyond. Often threatened from the outside and occasionally conquered, the city distinguished itself by its desire to remain autonomous and by the development of a unique artistic school indebted to the various north Italian models.… Continue reading

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The Italian Political System

Political Science      Syllabus        Chiara Fiorelli

Focusing its attention on the Italian political system, the course introduces students to the basic concepts of political science. Despite its (brief) history, Republican Italy (1946 +) represents a peculiar case study insofar as its political system has undergone several institutional changes.  The course aims to offer a reconstruction of the institutional structures and political actors who have played and still play a role in the Italian system. Political parties of the present and the past will be examined and discussed to show the organizational and historical transformations they have experienced. Active in-class participation on the part of students will be facilitated through readings and collective discussion led by the instructor.… Continue reading

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Cultural and Social Models in Contemporary Italy

History/Human Rights  Syllabus    Cinzia Venturoli

Any understanding of the basic character and cultural models of a nation must begin with an examination of the rights that have been established and of the social pact that has been established and updated between citizens and State.

To achieve this objective, the course will focus on the history of Italy of the last 70 years to see how the construction of a democratic regime that took place in a completely new international political context created space for the affirmation of new politcal, civil and social rights; the right to full freedom of conscience; and new rights pdertaining to gender identity and the condition of migrants.… Continue reading

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Writing Workshop

Language and Culture  Ivan Tassi


Soon after the Intensive Course of Italian Language and Culture, we will start the nine-week Writing Workshop, along with the E.C.Co and UniBo courses. This course is organized in two parts. In the first one, we read and discuss texts of various genres (stories, novels, essays) with particular attention to improve students’ oral skills. The reading is supported by workshops, with the purpose to write weekly essays on different topics (literature, art, history, cinema). In each class, we develop specific grammar and lexical topics linked to the reading texts in order to improve students’ oral and written skills.… Continue reading

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To Read a City: Urban History of Bologna since the Medieval Period

Urban Studies/History of Architecture      Syllabus          Francesco Ceccarelli

Based on the study of selected Italian cities in the north-central region, the goal of this course is to provide the tools to identify the historical and urban factors that have shaped the region Emilia-Romagna and its urban centers, primarily Bologna. Thanks to its well-preserved ancient historical center, Bologna lends itself to being read as a case study for understanding the city’s spatial organization, its architecture and the palimpsestual layering of the buildings constituting its patrimony. The course will alternate between a series of classroom lectures dedicated to the comprehension of diverse evolutionary phases of construction, and site visits to different aspects of Bologna’s urban fabric.… Continue reading

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Modern Italian Art: 1860-2000

History of Art      Syllabus      Lucia Corrain


The goal of the course is to trace a path through Italian artistic production, with a chronological span encompassing the second half of the nineteenth century through the end of the twentieth century.  The focus on Italy will be presented in close relationship with European and extra-European experiences, as contemporary art is not confined to a single geographic location.  Examined in a way that reveals their close interrelationship, the guiding threads of the course are two: the first has to do with history and the chronological evolution of artistic changes and transformations; … Continue reading

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Cinematic Landscapes: Emilia-Romagna in the Films and Works of the Great Directors

Film Studies        Syllabus        Piero Di Domenico

The course has two components:   a first part in which students view and discuss Italian films that have been set in the cities of Emilia Romagna, including Federico Fellini, Amarcord (Rimini), Florestano Vancini, La lunga notte del ’43 (Ferrara), Michelangelo Antonioni, Il deserto rosso (Ravenna), Renato De Maria, Paz (Bologna), and Pupi Avati, Gli amici del bar Margherita (Bologna).

In the second part of the course, students will be guided through the process of filmmaking with sections devoted to the writing of screenplays, shot framing, and montage, with the assistance of guest appearances from screenwriters, directors and/or directors of photography, and editors to explain the technical aspects of filmmaking. Continue reading

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From Page to Stage and Back Again

Theater and Italian Society       Syllabus          Paolo Rota

teatri immagini 2Students will explore the offerings in theaters in Bologna and possibly in other cities. This course helps prepare students for the performances of specific plays that are on in Bologna in the Spring semester. The course unfolds in three discrete steps that correspond to its title: (1) study and discussion in the classroom of the dramatic text (if one exists, for the performance; if not, a text in relation to the subject of the performance); (2) field trips to the theater; and (3) evaluation of the performance through classroom discussion and writing assignments.

Not all theater performances are textual.… Continue reading

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