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Sociology: 50-2515SR The Italian Family
Santa Reparata International School of Art
Florence, Italy

Subject Area(s) Level(s) Instruction in Credits Contact Hours Prerequisites
Sociology 200 English 3 45 N/A

This course is designed for both sociology and Italian studies students. The course is divided into two parts.  The first part will give background to the historical development of the Italian family from Roman Times.  The Patriarchal system that began in Roman times and endured into the twentieth century will be explored.  The second part of the course will focus on the modern Italian family.  The roll of each member of the family will be explored in-depth. Topics of discussion will include the roll of the mother and how it has changed over the last century, the roll that grandparents play in child rearing, the change from extended family to nuclear family, the declining birth rate and the effect it is having on family dynamic, regional as well as socio-economic influences on the structure of the family nucleus will be studied. The course will give students the opportunity to have a greater understanding of the Italian people.  In addition, students will be asked to compare and discuss how their family dynamics and structures differ from those of the Italian family.  Students will be asked to interview native Italians to gain a greater more personal understanding of the subject.

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