HUM 105 : Italian Life and Culture

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Italian Life and Culture



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Offered as a required course in the Florence Quarter study abroad program. The student will gain a broad overview of contemporary Italian society by examining cultural traditions and values. Besides topical lectures by native guest lecturers, the course engages students in experiential learning through field trips to such historic and cultural sites as Etruscan Fiesole, the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Museum and the Medici Pitti Palace. (Elective only: Does not satisfy general education requirement)

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1. Demonstrate an understanding of the social, historical and cultural issues facing contemporary Italy.
2. Explain the influences of Italian cultural experiences—including art, architecture, music, family, food and language—on residents and visitors.
3. Identify the significant cultural artifacts that characterize Italian culture.
4. Compare and evaluate the perspectives of Italian culture and U.S. culture as they shape national character.

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