Languages and cultures of the Mediterranean and the Balkans: an introduction (5th ed.)

This training activity, designed in a multilingual, multidisciplinary and multicultural perspective, aims to offer an initial presentation of some of the languages, cultures and literatures taught at the University Ca' Foscari of Venice.
Starting from Catalonia one moves to the Balkans through Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Albania and Greece in a virtual voyage that will reveal their languages, cultures and societies.
Each country will be considered in the uniqueness of its history, its tradition and its identity. The countries we present are different because of their different origin, but the dominant cultural trends in each of them are important for the entire European and Western context.
The course has six sections dedicated respectively to the language and culture of Catalonia, Romania, Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and Serbia-Croatia.

Attendance and Credentials

Attendance Certificate


Arts and Humanities

Training hours




Course Mode

Self Paced




6 weeks



Course Status


Enrollments Start

Feb 12, 2023

Course Opens

Feb 27, 2023

Course Closed

Jul 31, 2023
We expect the MOOC to bring students closer to the study of the so-called minor languages, through the knowledge of the country, the history, the culture of the languages presented. We aim to develop in the students a more intercultural awareness and a better understanding and greater knowledge of the geographic areas concerned.
No requirements

Eulàlia Vega Massano, Pensando alla Catalogna. Cultura, storia e società. Edizioni dell’Orso, Alessandria, 2008.

Keith Hitchins, Romania storia e cultura, Beit 2015.

Th. M. Veremis e I. S. Koliopulos, La Grecia moderna. Una storia che inizia nel 1821. Lecce, 2014.

Robert Elsie History of Albanian Literature, Columbia University Press, New York, 1995.

Antonio dell'Agata, G. Antologia del racconto bulgaro. ed. Associazione Bulgaria-Italia, 2006.

Klajn, I. (2005) Grammatica della lingua serba, Zavod za udzbenike i nastavna sredstva, Belgrado.

The course is structured in 6 didactic units so divided: 1 - language and culture of Catalonia; 2 - language and culture of Romania; 3 - language and culture of Greece; 4 - language and culture of Albania; 5 - language and culture of Bulgaria; 6 - language and culture of Serbia-Croatia.
You can earn Attendance Certificate and Open badge by completing all the included video-lessons and the final tests of each section, answering correctly to minimum 70% of questions.