Immigration and Multiculturalism in Venice
Franca Coin - Harvard University (email@example.com)
Class time: tbc
Immigration in Italy is a relatively recent phenomenon. Traditionally an emigration country, between 1984 and 1989 the diversion of immigrants flows towards Southern Europe transformed Italy into a receiver of immigrants. Since the late 1980s, immigration policy became progressively more restrictive. Today, Italy is considered by most immigration experts as having some of the most stringent immigration laws in Europe. This class looks at the specificities of immigration in Italy by comparing its complex national history with a tradition of cultural hybridism at the local level. While at the national level the immigration discourse is centered on religious homogeneity and requests for stricter control practices, at the local level there emerge programs to promote multicultural expression and ethnic creativity. The Veneto region is at the forefront of these initiatives, being it both home of the conservative Northern League, and traditionally a cosmopolitan area. Class will include field-trips intended to look at the various facets of immigration in and around Venice, and to analyze dynamics of ethnic creativity and social integration.
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We will organize three field trips, each intended to explore the ethnic enclaves of Venice. Our visits shall begin in Riva degli Schiavoni and in via Piave (Mestre), where we will conduct ethnographic research and meet public officers and social workers, and continue with the Jewish Getto, a historical symbol of ethnic segregation in the city.
Your overall evaluation will be calculated on the basis of your performances in one in-class presentation, one mid-term exam, class participation, and one final paper. In computing your grades, your performances will be considered as follows:
In-class presentation(s), 20% of your grade.
Mid-Term Paper, 20% of your grade.
Final Paper, 40% of your grade.
Class Participation, 20% of your grade.
|Participation||20%||In this class we are all teachers and students, and we share responsibility for creating and stimulating a safe learning environment. You are expected to be in class, to be prepared, to read, think and talk about the assigned readings, to be on time, to leave on time, to actively participate to each class activity and to stimulate vivid class discussion. Please, let me know in advance if you expect to be missing class so that proper arrangements can be made. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to gather information about the materials covered.|
In Class Presentation
Your mid-term exam should be an essay detailing the readings discussed in class. It should provide an overall view of the articles read and then focus on one particular aspect. Summarize the main points made by the author and cite any useful quotation. Take note as you read of any significant ways in which you agree or disagree with the articles. Then elaborate your notes: Is this an important book or article? What does it add to your understanding of the world? Do you agree or disagree with the Author? Your paper should have a title and it should be 6 to 8-page long and stapled on the top-left corner of the page.
|Final Paper|| 40% |
Your final paper should be an essay detailing the readings discussed in class, the documentaries we watched and our ethnographic experiences in the field. It should include a short bibliography and draw on sources included both in the required readings and in the recommended materials.
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