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ITA 365 Italian Society in the Media: TV, Internet, and the Press (3 credits)

The goal of this course is to develop advanced-level oral/aural and reading/writing skills while addressing key aspects of contemporary Italian culture through the consideration of exclusively authentic materials, such as Italian newspaper and magazine articles, Italian TV broadcasting, and Italian internet sites. We shall also learn how to critique the written and visual Italian media, as well as how to navigate Italian websites. Students will choose readings and topics initially within a given list of categories and, later, among a virtually endless variety of internet sources. Among the topics we may address are: style, fashion and design; geography, art and tourism; the environment; immigration and racism; the position of young people and women in Italian society; current Italian and international events from an Italian perspective. Conducted in Italian.

Prerequisite ITA 301 or permission of the instructor. Satisfies the GER/GEP Art/Literature requirement.