History | The Mafia & Other Italian Mysteries
B226 | 20445 | C. Ipsen
A portion of the above class reserved for University Division
Orientation Program students.
This course will focus primarily on the Italian mafia. The main text
will be John Dickie’s Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia.
That work does also explore links to the US mafia. In addition to
the mafia we will look at related areas of Italian “deep politics”
(or Italy’s mysteries) including some (but probably not all) of the
following: Salvatore Giuliano, right and left wing terror and the
strategy of tension, the Vatican banking scandal, P2, Ustica.
Lecture and discussion will be supplemented with assorted feature
and documentary films. Students will complete a series of short
written assignments and quizzes as well as ‘blue book’ mid-term and