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Teaching Business Culture in the Italian Context

Global and Intercultural Challenges


Peter Cullen and Maria Elisa Montironi

Italy often suffers from its cultural heritage. Certain themes have passed into stereotype and popular consumption, while others have been overlooked. This volume discusses teaching choices and topics on the implementation of a US study abroad business programme in Italy. The authors first have a look at business questions, then at culture through a chapter on the fashion industry. The final section focuses on methods in teaching Italian culture, language, history, and intercultural communication. This volume highlights non-traditional aspects of Italian culture, and focuses on the intercultural dimension of teaching and learning for study abroad students. The points of view found herein should promote a more contextualized and contemporary view of what studying Italy can be about.

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The Economic History of Italy: problems in understanding and teaching (Peter Cullen)


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Peter Cullen

The Economic History of Italy: problems in understanding and teaching


Teaching any academic or scholastic subject first requires research both on the available subject material itself as well on the categorizations and definitions presented implicitly and explicitly during the teaching process. The collection and ordering of subject material creates a definite conceptual path that in itself represents a narrative. For the purposes of student learning, it is useful to obviate this path as much as possible. This chapter offers some considerations on making intellectual traditions explicit in teaching Italian economic history, and as such represents an invitation to re-think current approaches to developing course offerings in Italian Studies. The chapter offers as a central theme the need for attention to the consumption of history, or rather, to the creation of historical knowledge that combines aspects of current institutional and formalized mentalities with processes of learning new concepts in the classroom or during the lesson.

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