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ITA 309 I giovani e l’Italia di oggi (3 credits)

This course offers a unique perspective on contemporary Italy by placing the young generation at the center of study. Students will continue to improve their communication skills while exploring a variety of narratives — songs, short stories, film, music, poems and newspaper articles—written by, for, or about Italian youth culture; the course will therefore introduce the analytical tools necessary for literary and film analysis. Political engagement, school life, adolescence, and generational conflicts are among the themes we will discuss. Class activities will provide students the opportunity to express and debate their personal views, which will guide the development and refinement of oral and written proficiency. The expansion of vocabulary and the study of grammar will be incorporated in the discussion of the trends and habits of the young Italian generation. Requirements include a variety of presentations, role-play dialogues, and creative and collaborative projects. Conducted in Italian.

Prerequisite: ITA 301-302 or permission of the instructor. Pending Art/Literature requirement of the GER/GEP.