Communication and Intercultural Mediation.
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History of Italian migrants.
CO ME 301 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
What memories still remain in contemporary Italian culture of the period relating to the suitcases full of hopes, traveling “over the Alps” or “overseas”? What references can be found in the films, literature and music about those who “went abroad looking for fortune”? Starting with the stories of Italian migrants we will discuss the socio-economic and political aspects of migration as well as the psychological aspects relating to individual identity and culture. The course will examine various topics, such as the conditions of Italian emigrants and the integration policies and methods implemented by the hosting Countries, in particular the United States. What care and literacy plans were adopted and what collective myths and tales were conceived beyond the borders? The historical material will offer food for thought on the stereotypes relating to past and present Italian migrants, how motivations, socio-economic and cultural conditions have changed over time, on the relations between Italy and the United States, how migration causes changes and influences the society and culture of the populations involved in this process.
Migrations to Italy: hopes and social emergencies in the transit Boot of Europe.
CO ME 302 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
Thanks to its geographical position, Italy has always been a crossroad for people and cultures, from founding myths to travel experiences of European Romanticism writers. Since the 80’s it has become a destination for economic migrants from the Maghreb region, triggering a process towards real coexistence between cultures and religions, historically found in only a few areas of the Country. The Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini created a reception process for political refugees, bringing into people’s hearts the voices of faraway chronicles. Since the 90’s, Italy has found its own ways to become a safe harbor for refugees escaping from wars and from economic crisis caused by contemporary geopolitical disruptions: ex-Yugoslavia, Africa, Republics born by the breakup of the USSR and the Near East. The course aims to analyze how migrations towards Italy have changed throughout the years; how the media coverage of migration has changed; what internal policies have disrupted the domestic economic and social assets; what role Italy plays in relation to migration international policies.
Italian history through songs: from romance to indie.
CO ME 303 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
Verdi, Pavarotti, Morricone, Pausini, small orchestras, Sanremo Music Festival, Talent shows and You-tubers. How has the way Italians of making music changed? What are the topics, dreams and political references? The course introduces a journey through the centuries to analyze the areas of Italian singing and songwriting, showing how an outline of social, political and cultural history can be done through this subject. From folk-dialect music for local and migrants communities, to the birth of songwriters; from the new Italian poets to the phenomenon of “export read singers” to the ones that have become icons of the “made in Italy” music. The phenomenology of music helps examine social topics such as the Risorgimento, the world wars, the economic boom, student protests, disengagement, disruptions and the challenges of the new Millennium. You will also focus on the phenomenon of “Italianised” music and foreign singers, where the interaction with abroad happened through the translation of texts and their role in relation to the important topics of the Italian collective dream.
History of Italian television: from a literacy tool to an instrument for thought standardization.
CO ME 304 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
In what ways did mass Medias change people’s lives? How does the New Millennium Man live everyday life? Modern communication Medias have increased spaces for debate, making them more public than ever before. The single individual’s voice is increasingly amplified and capable of crossing space and time. Has this made him more self-aware and prone to avoid the temptation of letting others do his thinking? Can he resist the temptation of having a life “mediated” by mass Medias rather than experience it for “himself”? Can the media coverage of an event modify the event itself? The course plans to revise the stages of the history of TV news and entertainment and the important role-played by this “home appliance”. You will analyze whether the modern fear created by the polish-American sociologist and writer Jerzy Kosinski summarized in the formula “A Nation of Vidiots” is applicable to Italian public and to E-communication times.
The function of TV commercials as mirrors of Italian society.
CO ME 305 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
The birth of radio and television has caused radical social changes. It has given us the opportunity to have real time information, to be regular visitors of a “global market” where products’ qualities and aspiring life models are glorified at any given time. Can TV commercials give a picture of a society’s customs and traditions? Can they contribute to a description of behaviors or even to anticipating opinions and lifestyles? Advertising changes over time and is very different in relation to the Country and the culture it is referring to. The course will examine specific cases and practical examples that will encourage reflection upon the relation between advertising and the society portrayed by it, the potential utilization of stereotypes or prejudices, the social changes that took place in Italy throughout the years and the difference between Italian and American TV commercials. What is the “Italian style” of short communication in the new Millennium? You will also analyze the gradual changes in commercial ads’ productions, the introduction of the telesales system and dedicated channels in the scenario of Italian television. The course is addressed to anyone studying or working in advertising and to anyone who wants to look further into cultural and social topics, with a different prospective and in comparison and critical analysis context.
Italian comics and cartoons: from leisure to pedagogy, an analysis of Italian society.
CO ME 306 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
From “Giornalino della Domenica” to “Corriere dei Piccoli”, from “Balilla” to Mickey Mouse, from Mr. Bonaventura to Alan Ford, from Satanik to Dylan Dog, from Pimpa to Ratman, from Tex Willer to Zero Calcare. From Bozzetto to D’Alò. How has the world of comics and animated dreams changed among the Italian people? Changing society through dreams, a popular pedagogy that everyone can understand, with social criticism and satire: this is the history of comics and cartoons in Italy. The course presents a socio-political cultural analysis of the topics and genres once labeled for entertainment only: nowadays, comics and cartoons, for example, have become real instruments for literacy, social awareness and, with the arrival of graphic-novels, for press reports. The course will highlight the relation between the real world and fantasy. You will study the political usage of comics and the development of prevention campaigns through the language of cartoons. The course will also focus on the arrival of cartoons on public and private Italian TV channels and the development of new and targeted programs schedules.
Italy- USA: analysis and studies of a friendship and reflections through films, songs and books.
CO ME 307 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
From the “Mericans” to the myth of Silicon Valley, from the taste of freedom of the “Morale K rations” in War World II, to gangsta rap: what are the myths and how have they changed in the collective Italian imagination in relation to the American universe? The course analyses the relations between Italy and the USA, through the studies of micro history events in literature, society, politics and costume. You will focus on the role played by literati (academics) and the popular sentiment, influenced by Medias and by the memoirs of people from faraway lands. You will examine the fractures and convergences in the social and political history of both Countries. The course proposes thematic mapping in order to understand how films, songs and books can be tools to build longer bridges on the seas separating Italy and the USA and, how in certain cases, they have also been “ Trojan horses” for stereotypes and mistrust.
Intercultural pedagogy: the Italian schools and institutions in the challenges of the New Millennium.
CO ME 308 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
The popular political Dictionary of 1851, defined the word “school”, referring to the terms “education, teaching”. This was written: “Men have the right and duty to exercise their own abilities, for as long as they will live. In their progressive development it’s the law in its perfectibility. Therefore in a rational and progressive government such education must be implemented in order to develop the related abilities and human aptitudes”. Think of these words in a contemporary context: how can the education and training of young people influence the process of equal cooperation and of intercultural communication? What are the necessary policies, methods and resources? The course is addressed to people working in mediation and intercultural pedagogy or to anyone wishing to understand this field. The course will present epistemological aspects and the evolution of intercultural pedagogy in relation to the Italian school system. We will discuss migrants and migrants’ children in relation to the topics of identity and belonging, the shift from the integration concept to the interaction theories for the development of a friendly society and one prepared for the challenges of the new Millennium; from wealth to the peculiarities of multicultural classrooms, from teaching methods, to the relationship between school and families, between families and their children, constantly searching for communication and confrontation.
Why “the other” is not “different”: an analysis of social topics through modern and contemporary Italian literature.
CO ME 309 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
What are the words losing their significance every day in interpersonal relations? When it comes to personal freedom, how much space is conceded to the respect for others? What alarm bells can stop the shift from perceiving “the other” to the labeling of him/her as “different”? The course analyses the media references of the events shaking the new Millennium and creating social tensions based on prejudice. The “expressions and writing styles”, defining the reality of communication, will be connected to the faces and stories of Italian and foreign characters, covered in “reportages”, History books, novels and in articles of the “post truth” era. By analyzing and contextualizing material from public and private archives, the course will present case studies relating to costume, crime reports, historical events, immigration, communication Medias, international relations, religion, society and sports.
The Third sector in Italy: between aid and collective growth.
CO ME 310 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
Is cooperation and its religious, ethical and political roots a peculiarity of Italian culture? The non-profit world in Italy is increasingly moving towards the specialization of the fields of intervention and the professionalization of their operators’ roles. From offering help to others as an instrument of religious pietas to helping others in order to improve society, the course will analyze the historical dynamics of the Third sector in Italy, highlighting its peculiarities in relation to other intervention models in the European Union and the United States. You will focus on the rising of the new intervention sectors and the characteristics of modern experts ‘educational backgrounds. You will study media coverage to understand which opinions and turning points have transformed what was once voluntary work based on goodwill to a professional training sector, where the daily needs of others are based on the society and State’s ethical choice.
Sessions: FALL 2018 (August 27th – December 14th) / SPRING 2019 (January 29th – May 18th)
Locations: Milan or Florence or Mantua
- Customizable 4 courses + Italian Language (3-4 hrs. / week)
Customizable 3 courses + Italian Language (6hrs / week)
Sessions: JANUARY 2019 / JUNE 2019 / JULY 2019
Locations: Milan or Florence or Mantua
- One course
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Sessions: FALL 2018 (August 27th – December 14th) / SPRING 2019 (January 29th – May 18th)
Locations: Florence and Milan and Mantua
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