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OSPFLOR 14: Growing up American; Growing up Italian

To what extent is it possible to characterize and describe the experience of growing up either "American" or "Italian"? This course will explore our self-constitution as "Americans," while discovering how the interactional, institutional, and ideational differences of the Italian cultural context produce individuals with related, but different, ways of being a self. By engaging in both aesthetic and experiential learning, we hope to learn about: 1) the sociocultural constitution of selves; 2) the specificity of the American self; 3) an appreciation for the historical and cultural specificity of the Italian self. The course will be organized around several key social practices and institutions that shape selves and cultures. After first examining hypotheses about different models of the self, students will walk out into the city of Florence to investigate different domains of life through analyses of cultural products and visits to schools, churches, sporting events, museums, government offices, grocery stores, street markets, retail shops, restaurants and cafes. Each week will focus on a different topic, among which will be Family, Food, Religion, School, Sports, Dating, Literature and Culture, and Art and Architecture. The course will end with a wrap-up where students can present to the class their preliminary findings. Course requirements include 200-word weekly postings, participation in assigned activities, one 5-page paper, and a short final paper as part of a final group presentation.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II, WAY-ED
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