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BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK



Department of Modern Languages
Syllabus
Course Title: ITL 170 Literature, Culture and Civilization of Italy
Lecture hours per week: 3 Credits: 3
Course Number: ITL 170
Course Description: This liberal arts elective is an introduction to the evolution and development of Italian culture and civilization through the literature and artistic features, geared to the understanding of present day problems of modern European Italy and the Italian-American people. Readings are in English and term papers are in English.

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Course Student Learning Outcomes (Students will be able to…)

Measurements (means of assessment for student learning outcomes listed in first column)

1. Students will be able to identify main aspects of modern Italian culture.


1. Threaded discussions and quizzes.

2. Students will be able to identify main aspects of modern Italian culture, in the form of a short descriptive narrative.

2. Threaded discussions, quizzes and presentations.

3. Students will be able to research and analyze aspects of modern Italian culture.

3. Essays of 2-3 pages in length on assigned topics.


Below are the college’s general education learning outcomes, the outcomes that are checked in the left-hand column indicate goals that will be covered and assessed in this course.




General Education Learning Outcomes

Measurements (means of assessment for general education goals listed in first column)

X

Communication Skills- Students will be able to read and write critically and effectively.


Quizzes, homework, threaded discussions, presentations and essays.



X

Arts & Humanities – Students will be able to develop knowledge and understanding of the arts and literature through critiques of works of art, music, theatre or literature


Quizzes, homework, threaded discussions, presentations and essays.


X

Values – Students will be able to make informed choices based on an understanding of personal values, human diversity, multicultural awareness and social responsibility.

Quizzes, homework, threaded discussions, presentations and essays.


Required Texts:

Forgacs, D. & Lumley, R. eds. Italian Cultural Studies, An Introduction. Oxford Univ. Press, 1996. ISBN 978-0-19-871509-2
Recommended: Parks, T. Italian Neighbors, Grove Press, 2003. ISBN 978-0802140340


THE FINAL GRADE WILL BE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA



CLASS PARTICIPATION



35%

QUIZZES



35%

FINAL PAPER



30%

Weekly posting is mandatory. Missing assignments has direct impact on your ability to succeed in this course and can modify the percentage of your grade.


Written Assignments: Papers must be double-spaced and in MLA format No late papers will be accepted. 80% of the grade will be based on the first draft. Upon receiving comments from the instructor, you have one week to revise the first draft. Please submit the revised version with the original one. 20% of the grade will be based on the quality of the revision.

QUIZZES: There will be 6 quizzes during the semester. Late submissions will not be accepted.

OFFICE HOURS: 2 on line office hours and one in person office hour (by appointment).

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT: Final paper must be double-spaced and in MLA format No late papers will be accepted. 80% of the grade will be based on the first draft. Upon receiving comments from the instructor, you have one week to revise the first draft. Please submit the revised version with the original one. 20% of the grade will be based on the quality of the revision. Late submissions will not be accepted.

College Attendance Policy

At BMCC, the maximum number of absences is limited to one more hour than the number of hours a class meets in one week. For example, you may be enrolled in a three-hour class. In that class, you would be allowed 4 hours of absence (not 4 days). In the case of excessive absences, the instructor has the option to lower the grade or assign an F or WU grade.


Academic Adjustments for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments for this course must contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. BMCC is committed to providing equal access to all programs and curricula to all students.






BMCC Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Statement

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s ideas, words or artistic, scientific, or technical work as one’s own creation. Using the idea or work of another is permissible only when the original author is identified. Paraphrasing and summarizing, as well as direct quotations, require citations to the original source. Plagiarism may be intentional or unintentional. Lack of dishonest intent does not necessarily absolve a student of responsibility for plagiarism. Students who are unsure how and when to provide documentation are advised to consult with their instructors. The library has guides designed to help students to appropriately identify a cited work. The full policy can be found on BMCC’s website, www.bmcc.cuny.edu. For further information on integrity and behavior, please consult the college bulletin (also available online).


COURSE SCHEDULE

ORIENTATION FACE TO FACE MEETING


Identify salient information on documented facts on Italy.

INTRODUCTION


Interpret information.
Make sure you have completely familiarized yourself with the course site, coursework expectations and grading rubrics.

Review the syllabus.


Take Syllabus quiz, posted under Quizzes & Exams

UNIT 1
:GEOGRAPHY

Gather and assess geographical and ethnographic information in context.
Read Forgacs & Lumley

pages 13-32.


HISTORY:

Gather and analyze historical information in context.

Read Forgacs & Lumley

pages 350-360

(Chronology 1900 -1995)

Take History quiz, posted under Quizzes & Exams


UNIT 2
ART & ARCHITECTURE


Gather, identify and assess visual information in context.

Il Rinascimento/

The Renaissance
Take quiz on Art and Architecture, posted under Quizzes & Exams

UNIT 3
EMIGRATION FROM ITALY


Evaluate sociological information in context.
IMMIGRATION TO ITALY:
Read Forgacs & Lumley

Pages 160-177.


Take quiz on Emigration and Immigration, posted under Quizzes & Exams
UNIT 4
POLITICS
Compare and contrast political systems.

Read: Forgacs and Lumley pages 107 -126.


UNIT 5 LITERATURE

Gather, identify and assess information on the impact of Italian literature on world culture.

Read: Forgacs and Lumley pages 248-260.

UNIT 6 MUSIC

Gather, identify and assess information on the impact of Italian culture on the world of music.

Take quiz on Literature and Opera posted under Quizzes & Exams

UNIT 7 FILM
Analyze visual narrative in context.

Read: Forgacs and Lumley pages 216-229 and

261-264.

UNIT 8
Writing properly formatted 3-5 page essay analyzing significant elements of Italian culture.


FIRST DRAFT OF RESEARCH PAPER DUE

TOPIC MUST HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY INSTRUCTOR


Written Assignment: Final paper must be double-spaced and in MLA format No late papers will be accepted. 80% of the grade will be based on the first draft. Upon receiving comments from the instructor, you have one week to revise the first draft. Please submit the revised version with the original one. 20% of the grade will be based on the quality of the revision. Late submissions will not be accepted.

UNIT 9
FAMOUS ITALIANS AND ITALIAN AMERICANS
Gather, identify and assess information on the contribution of Italians and Italian Americans to world society.
UNIT 10

Revised Research Paper due.



Face to Face meeting on Research Paper.

No late submissions accepted.


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