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Fall 2012

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HUM160 - An Introduction to the Culture, History, and Arts of Italy
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Immerses students in the general culture, myths, legends, history of Italy through participation in the Study Abroad Program. Explores key cultural elements and historical events of Italy: its mythology, folklore, art, music, literature, and major political events. Provides critical insights into Italy’s contributions to world culture and civilization. Through field trips, discussions, “laboratory” experiences and extensive writing. Participation in the Study Abroad program required.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, case studies, "laboratory" practice and/or "classroom" discussion, the student will be able to:

1.* Write a research paper on Italy's culture or history correctly using MLA format, including in-text citation, works cited page, incorporating quotations and essays which show the ability to analyze, synthesize, and think critically about the class text.
2.Discuss the key events and personalities of prehistoric, historic, and modern times of Italy.
3.Discuss key events and personalities of Roman mythology.
4.Analyze and describe key elements of Italy's predominant artistic expression, such as its architecture, and/or visual or performance arts.
5.Describe cultural landmarks of a minimum of four regions of Italy visited.
6.Contrast and compare cultural differences between life in the US and life in Italy.
7.Apply basic language phrases of Italy (such as greetings) in context.
8.Describe and analyze examples of their art using appropriate vocabulary.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
Introduction and overview of Italy
a.) Phrases every traveler should known
b.) Historical sites
b.) Significant architecture and architectural styles
c.) Italy's main cities
d.) Significant geological formations

History and religion
a.)Historical overview from ancient to modern times
b.) Religions of Italy

The Arts
a.) Performance and music
b.) Visual arts
c.) Architecture
d.) Literary achievements

Effective Term: Summer 2012