History | Mafia and Other Italian Mysteries
B226 | 9941 | Ipsen

A portion of this 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. There
will also be a series of supplemental readings, primarily short
stories and fiction about the mafia. We will also look at related
areas of Italian “deep politics” (or Italy’s mysteries): Salvatore
Giuliano, right and left wing terror and the strategy of tension,
the Vatican banking scandal, and P2. 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 final exams.