There are as many Italies as the regions that make up the country. There are, in fact, more, since dialects, cuisine, and social behavior may vary significantly in any one region. This course takes a path beyond the obvious and apparent to lead you into an exploration of the differences, peculiarities, and singularities of Italian regional cultures and of how the puzzle stays together in a manner that is called Italian. The ultimate target of our study is the notion of national identity: what makes an Italian? The investigation of regional history and culture will be supported by your research on the matter, which will culminate in a final, original project. You will continue developing your speaking skills, enlarging your vocabulary and strengthening the use of complex linguistic structures. As you develop your writing, you will initiate the transition from a paragraph-level discourse to a more sophisticated and analytical text. The course is conducted in Italian. Intermediate level.
Corequisite: Students are required to attend Language Series.