Course Description

Course Name

Italian Media and Popular Culture

Session: VRMF3123

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

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

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


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.

*Course content subject to change