This course introduces students to different aspects of contemporary Italy. Students will look at the changes happening in society and culture. The course instigates intellectual curiosity, and invites the students to analyze particular aspects of the language and different textual genres, focusing on a variety of language registers, idiomatic expressions, and cultural variations. We will focus also on developing communicative skills of argumentation and negotiation. Overall, this course has a thematic approach, offering a portrait of Italy through a discussion of economy, work, food, literature, art, theater, history, geography and famous intellectual figures.