Italian for Academic Purposes

Ivan Tassi

The Course of Italian Language and Culture is the first step of your university experience in Italy. It is mandatory, starts the week after your arrival in Bologna and ends at the end of September/February. This course gives you the opportunity to get to know the city of Bologna through a total language and cultural immersion. The topics – the Middle Ages, Italian Opera and the Bologna Resistance – are introduced in their historical, artistic, and linguistic contexts both in class and during guided tours. The course also includes a review and practice of grammar structures. Continue reading Italian for Academic Purposes

The Disobedient, the Abnormal and the Criminal in Italian Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century

Syllabus             Giacomo Mannironi

The course focuses on the theme of disobedience from the second half of the 18th century to the opening decades of the twentieth.  Observing how literature, science and the press approach acts of disobedience to societal norms allows to us to understand by way of contrast how the ideal rules of behaviour for men and women—”the good Italian”—in the pre-and post-unification periods were defined. The texts studied in the course illustrate the birth of an ideology that sets out to establish in Continue reading The Disobedient, the Abnormal and the Criminal in Italian Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century

History of Science in Italy from the Late Middle Ages to the Enlightenment

Syllabus             Gian Mario Cao

This course traces the history of Western science from the late Middle Ages to the scientific revolution from an Italian perspective. It aims to account for the transformations of scientific discourse over nearly six centuries by integrating the traditional narrative of epoch-making discoveries and advances with an exploration of the contexts within which science was not only practiced and disseminated, but also criticized and opposed. Continue reading History of Science in Italy from the Late Middle Ages to the Enlightenment

Renaissance and Early Baroque Art in Bologna: From Vitale da Bologna to Domenichino and Guido Reni

Syllabus                 Elisabetta Cunsolo

The rich artistic patrimony of Bologna is a powerful testament to the city’s great cultural importance over the centuries.Due to its favorable location, as well as to the presence of its ancient and distinguished university, Bologna has always been recognized for its great geo-political importance as a place from which many new ideas were diffused Continue reading Renaissance and Early Baroque Art in Bologna: From Vitale da Bologna to Domenichino and Guido Reni

Writing Workshop

Ivan Tassi

Soon after the Intensive Course of Italian Language and Culture, we will start the nine-week Writing Workshop,along with the E.C.Co and UniBo courses. This course is organized in two parts. In the first one, we read and discuss texts of various genres (stories, novels, essays) with particular attention to improve students’ oral skills. Continue reading Writing Workshop