Misano (Rimini)


An examination of the Italian language in the context of contemporary Italy, with an eye to the effects of globalization and localism on society and culture. The course is designed to develop fluency and accuracy in the use of the spoken and written language through intensive practice, class discussions, and the use of different media. Class readings, conversations and assignments focus on today's multifaceted Italy, steering clear of stereotyped images and misconceptions.


Contact information

Office hours (rm. 1148, Humanities building): Mondays and Wednesdays 5:15-6:15, Tuesdays 3:30-5:00, and by appointment.

Telephone: (631) 632-7449 [there is no voicemail; to leave an urgent message you can call Mary Wilmarth, the secretary of the Department of European Languages, at (631) 632-7442].


Skype address: andrea.fedi.sbu



Students must purchase the following text:

  • Andrea Fedi and Paolo Fasoli. Mercurio: An Intermediate to Advanced Reader in Italian Language and Culture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

Other readings (from newspapers, magazines, recent literature, etc.) will be handed out in class or posted on the class website.

The textbook is available at the University bookstore or online (see, for example, its page on Amazon). If you don't have the textbook yet, you can download or read online the first Chapter, “Biciclette”, with the original pagination and graphics, minus the footnotes (size of this Acrobat PDF file: 26.5 MB).


Course requirements and grading scheme

Grades will be determined according to the following scale:

  • 20% participation
  • 10% journal (due Apr. 29)
  • 50% homework
  • 20% final exam (May 13, 2:15-4:15; location: Hum. 3020)

The journal should focus on personal discoveries and learning moments that happened while you were practicing Italian outside the classroom. It should include 30-40 entries, of a length of 30-60 words. Each entry should include a line specifying the context of your learning experience (the title of a video or movie, the URL of an Italian Web site, the title of an article, of a short story or book), followed by a description of specific passages found in those readings which provoked a reaction in you. The primary focus of this activity should be the material assigned during the semester. However, you can also include entries referring to sources that were not assigned in class.

In-class activities and homework are based on clusters of readings and/or other material (TV programs, scenes from Italian movies, comics, songs, etc.), illustrating different aspects of contemporary Italy, with special attention to the terminology currently used, the style, jargon, new metaphors etc.

Written assignments must be brought to class. They must be typed, and the header of each page should include the name of the student and the date on which the assignment or its revision were completed (not the deadline, or the date when the first draft was submitted). The first page should always start with the activity number, the number of points associated with it, and an appropriate title. When formatting your files, please adhere to the following: margins, 1 inch on each side; font, Arial 12 pts.; line spacing, double-space. Each page must include only one assignment, and the pages must be single-sided, not stapled or bound, to facilitate scanning. The assignments will be returned with suggestions for correction and improvement. The final grade of each assignment, after all revisions have been made and multiple drafts have been submitted (whenever necessary), will be used to calculate the final grade for homework.

The final exam consists of 2-3 creative exercises based on the readings introduced in class or assigned during the semester. They may include summaries of excerpts, questions, short compositions, or the transformation of a text from one format/genre to another (from interview to editorial, from Internet posting to article etc.). Click on the following link to see a sample of exercises for the final exam.


Classroom Policy

Students are expected to

  • arrive for class on time and leave the classroom only at the end of class;
  • engage in class discussions and activities whenever appropriate;
  • exhibit classroom behavior that is not disruptive of the learning environment;
  • secure and turn off all electronic communications and entertainment devices during class time unless otherwise directed by the course instructor.


Academic integrity

Stony Brook University expects students to maintain standards of personal integrity that are in harmony with the educational goals of the institution; to observe national, state, and local laws and University regulations; and to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, and/or inhibits students' ability to learn. Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Any suspected instance of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at


Disability Policy

If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services (631) 632-6748 or go to They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential. Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and information go to the following web site:


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