LI-401: Italian Culture through Film
Course, prefix, number, & title: LI-401 Italian Culture through Film
Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3
Pre-requisites (if any): ENGL-101
Co-requisites (if any): ENGL-101
Course Description in college catalog:
Students will be introduced to important themes of Italian culture by viewing and analyzing representative Italian films from the post World War II era to the present. Topics examined include: the family, how World War II has shaped contemporary Italian culture, Italy as a country of emigrants and immigrants, and organized crime. This course will be conducted in English as WI, and all films will have English subtitles. This course does not fulfill the foreign language requirement.
Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:
General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.
Communicate effectively in various forms
Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning
Course-specific student learning outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand, analyze and interpret texts in English discussing key socio-cultural and historical topics relating to contemporary Italian culture
- View, analyze and interpret excerpts from selected Italian films made since 1980
- Discuss and evaluate the social, cultural, political, and economic clues that each film presents in relation to Italian culture
- Plan, draft and revise a final paper analyzing one of the films screened and/or one of the topics discussed in the course
Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:
Students’ reading comprehension and interpretive skills will be assessed through in-class discussion, and through writing assignments and a final exam.
Students’ writing skills will be assessed through several brief short papers, and a final paper.
Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.