Italian Studies Courses in Italy
Syllabi for Intensive Italian language programs in Sicily, Italy listed below are available for faculty members to review prior to approval of academic credits for study abroad in Sicily courses.
Italian women have inspired, charmed, instilled fear, supported and led throughout the centuries. Tornatore, Visconti, Rosi and Rosellini are among the many talented directors who have contributed cinematic masterpieces which highlight Sicilian history, culture and the many roles that Italian and specifically Sicilian women have played.
This contemporary Italian literature course is designed for students who are not only eager to have a better understanding of the author/phenomenon Andrea Camilleri and his internationally enjoyed literary works, but also to have a better grasp of the Sicilian culture and the various literary and linguistic genres used by Camilleri and other contemporary authors.
Sicily boasts two Nobel Prize in Literature recipients and through the centuries has attracted significant numbers of world renowned writers. The Sicilian Writers in the Italian Literature from Pirandello to Camilleri course can be taken in either English or Italian and is offered in both long (semester and quarter programs) and short term (2 to 8 week) programs.
Study Abroad in Sicily, Italy students enrolled in the Cinema of the Mediterranean Through the Italian Lens course are extended the unique opportunity to actively participate in the Annual Taormina International Film Festival. Students receive passes to attend all lectures, screenings, award ceremonies, interviews and festival events along with the Italian university students who participate in Cinema Campus Taormina.
The image of the Mafia that first arises is generally the one portrayed by Hollywood films, like The Godfather, Good Fellas, or more recently The Sopranos, where Italian American gangsters form family based secret criminal organizations engaged in illegal activities such as drug-dealing, prostitution and protection. However, the wise guys that become rich, feared and respected in the neighborhood by operating in an open war against the legal institutions are a romantic and misleading version of a phenomenon more widespread, more ingrained and more destructive.
Sicily, a land of active volcanoes. Black plumes and fiery red lava rivulets can be viewed on Mount Etna from Taormina. Mount Etna is the second most active volcano in the world and has been designated a Decade Volcano by the International Association of Vulcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) of the United Nations due to its constantly active state and its proximity to populated areas. Students explore the transformation from the early mythological interpretation of volcanic phenomena in the Mediterranean to the current scientific development of volcanology. On site lectures include Mount Etna, Stromboli and the Iblean Foreland – the Sicilian margin of the African Plate located in the southeastern section of Sicily.
Sicily is the place where the history of Italy started more than 2.500 years ago. As Wolfgang J. Goethe wrote in 1786: "Without Sicily, Italy cannot be fully understood. This course explores chronologically the art produced by civilizations and cultures that occupied Sicily for over 2000 years.
Course offered during: January Winter Break Study in Sicily, Italy Intersession Programs | Summer Term Study in Sicily, Italy Programs | Semester Study Abroad in Sicily, Italy.
For more than 2500 years, Sicily has shared its spirit with travellers from many lands. Situated in the center of the Mediterranean, Sicily has served as a meeting place for three continents, each of which has contributed to Sicily's unique history and culture earning Sicily its title Crossroads of the Mediterranean.
Sicily is home to some of the most intact archeological sites in the world including four UNESCO World Heritage sites: Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the Roman Villa in Piazza Armerina, the baroque town of Noto, the ancient Greek and Roman theaters in Syracuse and the necropolis of Pantalica.
This course is designed to introduce students to the history of Italian (particularly Sicilian) culture through immersion, observation and reflection. The course is built around 25 hours of cultural lectures (in English or Italian) complemented by activities examining the daily life, social values, contemporary issues and ancestral traditions of Sicilians. Language study (22 hours) is included to facilitate and enhance the cultural immersion experience.
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Students may directly transfer credits into their home university or earn US university credits through Auburn University.
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