Category Archives: Spring

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 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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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

Italian cinema has always been concerned with landscapes, including the films of directors as Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Bernardo Bertolucci. These filmmakers, whose formative experiences took place while filming Emilia-Romagna, made its landscapes memorable in films like Visconti’s Ossessione (and its depiction of the ‘bassa ferrarese’) or the last episode of Rossellini’s Paisà (set in the delta of the Po river). PasoliniThis course centers on the filmed landscape that takes on the status of character (whether protagonist or antagonist) in a dozen films directed by filmmakers from Emilia-Romagna and which stretch from the post-WWII period to today.… 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.

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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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