Italian Media and Popular Culture

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Italian Media and Popular Culture

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies, European Studies, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Pre-requisite: Junior or senior standing or SOC 100 or COM 100 or ITL 100 or 200 level (not language). Offered every semester.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course has a thematic approach, applying the analytical theories of cultural studies to contemporary Italian media and popular culture, focusing on: the evolution of Italian print and broadcast media in terms of their impact on Italian culture and society; the effect of Italy?s regional character on sports, use of language, gastronomic traditions; the role of folktales, popular theater and folk music; popular expressions of religious life (Carnival, Passion Plays etc); the relationship between local craftsmanship and high fashion. Students will apply and develop their analytical skills by actively engaging with these phenomena through field trips and case-studies.

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