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Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Italy - University of Bologna - 'Univ. of Bologna'
UC Course SubjectItalian
Number & Suffix: 155
Transcript Title: ITAL POP CULTURES 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This is a graduate level course that is part of the Laurea Magistrale program in European, Italian and Linguistic Studies. The course is intended for advanced level students only. Enrollment is by consent of the instructor. Students who write a term paper on a pre-approved topic are awarded one extra unit. Maximum units for the course are six. The course focuses on mass culture in Italy today: creation, production, circulation processes, and the use of social meanings. Attention is placed on the phenomena and processes of contemporary life including means of communication (new and old media); consumption and production of cultural heritage (music, paintings, newspapers, books, etc.); connections between cultural processes and social inequalities and the organizational bases of media and artistic communication; and the wide range of different forms of consumption, production, organization, financing, and evaluation of cultural heritage and objects. Emphasis is placed on phenomena linked to communication in an interdisciplinary perspective. The course has two portions. The first portion offers the main conceptual and theoretical tools useful for studying popular culture in contemporary societies. Starting from cultural studies and the sociology of popular culture, this first portion introduces students to a toolbox of concepts and models especially designed to address the production, circulation, consumption, and evaluation of cultural items such as songs, films, food, and television series. The second portion of the course examines a selection of typical examples of Italian popular culture and places them in their proper social and cultural context. Among the cultural objects/cultural genres that represent the epitome of pop Italian culture are Italian pop songs and especially the highly influential musical genre of the “canzone d'autore,” the “spaghetti western,” the comics icon “Tex,” Italian pasta, and a selection of cultural items linked to the social phenomenon of the Mafia (including songs, films, and TV series). Issues of gender, ethnicity, and social class are addressed along with issues of history, religion, and politics. Attention is placed on the differences among the regional, national, and international scales of production/consumption/circulation. The course includes traditional lectures and visual aids (slides). Assessment is based on a final oral exam on course materials including the lectures and assigned readings. Students also have the possibility of presenting a paper on a pre-approved topic. 
Language of Instruction: English
Partner Title: ITALIAN POP CULTURES (1) (LM) 
Partner University Department: Italianistica, culture letterarie europee, scienze linguistiche 
Partner University Course Number: 85118