Italian Cultural Studies 1 & 2

Aug 2014

I took Italian Cultural Studies part 1 with Prof. Moe. I definitely understand why other reviews think that Prof. Moe is disorganized...He seems a bit ADHD and sometimes leaps around a lot which can be a bit anxiety inducing because you aren't sure what he wants from you. If you can get past the fact that he can be a bit chaotic, I think you'll get a lot out of his courses. He touches on really important Italian thinkers, authors and film-makers that you need to be familiar with to have an understanding of contemporary Italy. This is definitely not a traditional history course or an anthropology course, it is very much a course that uses a wide variety of sources to give an overview of the history and culture of Italy in a way that may feel sort abstract at times, but in retrospect you'll realize you got a lot out of it. He doesn't give a lot of instruction on papers, but I think the benefit of that is that if you have a solid argument, you can really write about just about anything. It's a course that gives you a lot of leeway for creativity.

Dec 2004

These classes are great because they are accessible to anyone. No knowledge of Italian language or history is required. Moe does a great job combining historical texts with novels, films, etc to keep the course interesting. He encourages students to come to class with discussion points in mind, often permitting time at the beginning for students to share thoughts with one another and using those thoughts to stimulate a full class discussion. It's refreshing to take a lecture course where the professor wants to hear the students (and not himself) speak. This definitely puts more pressure on students to get the reading done, but it is worth it. Moe is slow returning assignments but his comments are helpful and allow the student to improve on future assignments.