This course will familiarize you with theory and research methods in the areas of global communication, construction and negotiation of Italian national identity (italianità), cross-cultural awareness and a hands-on management with a global mindset. Equipped with the theory, we will practically explore the unique nature of the historical and contemporary Italy, and build our own American-Italian bridge between the old (in fact, ancient historical UNESCO World Heritage Sites!), the new (immensely multifaceted, ethically diverse, culturally vibrant Italy), the borrowed (the legendary authentic Eat-alien cuisine, art, fashion, and elements of pop culture) and the blue (the magnificent Mediterranean sea that cradles the picturesque town of Sorrento, our host town).
The aim of the course is to transform its participants into culturally aware/skilled world travelers with a profound understanding of the phenomenon of Italian national identity and empirical experience of cultural bridging.
Learn more about last year's program by reading the students' blog: http://realworldsorrento.wordpress.com/.