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Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Italy - University of Bologna - 'Univ. of Bologna'
UC Course SubjectPhilosophy
Number & Suffix: 126
Transcript Title: SEMIOTICS OF MEMORY 
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 Semiotics. The course is intended for advanced levels students only. Enrollment is by consent of the instructor. Students who complete a term paper on a pre-approved topic are awarded one extra unit. Maximum units for the course are six. The course focuses on the tools necessary to evaluate the main themes and issues related to questions of cultural memory from a semiotic perspective. Memory and trauma are today extremely rich fields of investigation, and the object of specific disciplinary branches, Memory Studies and Trauma Studies respectively. This course illustrates the semiotic construction of remembering processes by way of texts and semiotic artefacts of different kinds, starting with an analysis of the very notion of cultural memory itself, its limits, uses, and abuses. Various forms of memory types are discussed including cultural memory, public memory, and historical memory with a focus on their mutual interplay in the shaping of individual memories. The course focuses particularly on the ways in which memory is spatially constructed, both in the public spaces of cities, and in the construction of different kinds of sites devoted to remembrance, such as memorials, monuments, memory sites, and museums. The course also includes a discussion of case studies. Students present a selection of the reading materials in class. Active participation in the collective discussion of these presentations is an essential component of the final grade in the course. The course is organized as follows: students submit a weekly short paper (1-2 page) of reflection and critical points based on the assigned mandatory reading materials for the week, students present their reflections in class and discuss them as a group, students visit memory sites and present a semiotic analysis of a specific memory space of their choice, and in the final week of the course a mini conference is organized, in which each student presents an outline of their final essay in the format of a formal presentation in a scientific conference. The course includes theoretical lectures and empirical analysis with multimedia support. Assessment in the course is based on the final paper which will be derived from the in-class presentation at the final mini conference, previously agreed upon with the professor. The paper might be a case study or a theoretical elaboration of some of the principal topics discussed during the course. (3.500 words max.). Final papers may be based on collective work in a group, but in this case, their total length must be proportional to the number of people participating in the group. 
Language of Instruction: English
Partner Title: SEMIOTICS OF MEMORY (1) (LM) 
Partner University Department: Semiotica 
Partner University Course Number: 78904