In and Out of Italy: Migration Fluxes Through the Boot (ITA4402.01)

Barbara Alfano

For many decades, Italy’s geographical position in the center of the Mediterranean Sea has made the country a preferred port of entry into Europe for migrants coming from North Africa, joined over time by people coming from Eastern Europe, Albania, China, the Far East, South America,, and lately, from Syria. Some of Italy’s Southern regions have been in a perpetual state of emergency for many years, as migrant survivors land on its beaches in desperate conditions. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Italy now hosts migrants of the second and third generation, but it finds difficulty calling them citizens. Through journal articles, documentaries, films, and literature this course focuses on the social changes that Italy has undergone under the influence of migrant cultures, and on the country’s resistance to those . Students will continue developing their speaking skills, widening their vocabulary and strengthening the use of complex linguistic structures. As far as writing, student will initiate their transition from a paragraph-level discourse to a more sophisticated and analytical text. The course is conducted in Italian. Intermediate level.

Prerequisites: Three terms of Italian, or permission by instructor
Credits: 4
M 4:10pm - 6:00pm; Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, CAPA, Four Credit, 4000, Italian, Barbara Alfano, Monday and/or Thursday Afternoons, and tagged , , , , , .