Modern Italy: Dreams and Nightmares

Ref: C3671260

A journey through 150 years of Italian social, cultural and political history. Using images, film clips, extracts from novels and contemporary accounts the course will go beneath the surface of Bella Italia to understand the complexities, and the joys and sorrows of Italian life. Sessions include, A New Country; the Experience of Emigration, home and abroad; the Problem of the South; the Rural Experience; Futurism; Novels of Peasant Crisis; Memories of War; 20th Century Italian Film; Delizia! Food in Italy; Made in Italy, fashion,style and design, the Family; Dirty Money and Clean Hands

Course aim

Using original images, source material and extracts from popular culture to explore the social, artistic and political history of Italy, 1859-2015.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Anyone who is interested in Italian history, culture, style and food!

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • share a broad and specific undertanding of Twentieth Century Italian history
  • use original images, writings and film to deepen understanding of Italian experiences
  • challenge the myths of Italian food history and culture

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Hand-outs, readings, images, film and video clips

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • Students will be encouraged to borrow books and dvd's to enhance their learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Just bring interest and a readiness to enjoy the sessions

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Nothing needed, but good if you enjoy Italian food,.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Modern Italy: Dreams and Nightmares

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