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Italian Studies, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Undergraduate Courses

Course Descriptions for the Spring 2015 semester

ITAL 110 - Elementary Italian I, 3 cr.

Training in the four basic skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. This course, the first of the two-part elementary Italian sequence, quickly takes students from knowing no Italian at all to the point where they can understand and enjoy the language. In addition to using the textbook and its online components, students also learn about Italy's culture through innovative activities in class. Oral drills, written exercises, 3 hours per week. Training in the four basic skills: speaking, reading, writing and understanding.

ITAL 120 - Elementary Italian II, 3 cr.

Continued training in the four basic skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Building upon what they learned in 110, students in this class are exposed to all principal grammar points that remain. Added emphasis on communication skills and on developing the ability to complete a wide range of linguistic tasks as well as on acquiring familiarity with Italian culture. Prerequisite: ITAL 110.

ITAL 126 - Intensive Elementary Italian, 6 cr.
Course taught in Italian.

Lecture with student participation. Acquisition of the four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. For students with no previous study of Italian. Course covers the same material as one year of Elementary Italian (110 and 120). Successful completion of ITAL 126 followed by ITAL 246 allows student to satisfy CAS language requirement in one year. Especially recommended for students intending to participate in the Siena Program.

ITAL 240 - Intermediate Italian II, 3 cr.
Course taught in Italian.

Readings, discussion, revision of grammar and exercises. Improvement of basic language skills: Reading, speaking, writing, and understanding Italian. Prerequisites: ITAL 230 or instructor's permission.

ITAL 246 - Intensive Intermediate Italian, 6 cr.
Course taught in Italian.

Reading and discussion, selective grammar review and conversation. Development of reading skills, introduction to modern Italian literary texts which will serve as basis for class discussion and writing assignments. Grammar review and reinforcement will respond to student needs. Selected readings from the works of contemporary Italian authors, including short stories, plays, poetry and short novel. Prerequisite: ITAL 120, 126 or permission of instructor.

ITAL 280 Language Suite Conversation, 2 cr.
Course taught in Italian.

Thatcher House, by arrangement. First year Programs feature small classes or discussion sections of lecture classes taught in the residence halls. In order to participate, students must register for at least two residentially based courses in each of their first two semesters at the University. Honors Colloquium (ITAL 280 H01) available. 1 cr.

ITAL 325 - Introduction to Italian Literature II (AL), 3 cr.
Course taught in Italian.

This course will examine the principal literary movements of the Italian tradition from the 16th century to contemporary times. Works by Galileo Galilei, Cesare Beccaria, Alessandro Manzoni, Giacomo Leopardi, Giovanni Verga, Cesare Pavese, and Natalia Ginzburg, among others, will be studied. Discussions of modernity, Italian history, and literary genre will provide a contexts for the readings. Prerequisite: intermediate-level proficiency in Italian (240 or 246).

ITAL 397MD - Italy and the Mediterranean, 3 cr.
Course taught in English.

This course will approach the rich Mediterranean tapestry by focusing on connections among the various cultures of the Mediterranean basin. Emphases on art/architecture, literature, environmental practices, commerce and food, from a historical perspective. Examples will be taken chiefly from Sicily and Southern Italy, North Africa, Venice, Turkey (Constantinople) and the Middle East, Spain and France; from the medieval period to more recent colonial occupations and contemporary migrations.

ITAL 397N - History of Italy, a United Nation, 3 cr.
Course taught in English.

This course will explore modern Italy with an emphasis on social and cultural history. We will examine different aspects of the political and economic processes, including unification, industrialization, urbanization, colonialism, the rise of Socialism and Fascism and the two world wars. Students will be encouraged to broaden their understanding through engagement with the complexity of the Italian political landscape. A series of specific historical issues will be analyzed, such as the rise of mass political parties, the split between the North and the South, the interference of the Vatican in internal politics, emigration and the perception of Italy outside its borders, and finally the unsolved question regarding the Mafia. Primary materials (newspapers, magazine articles and videos) will be utilized as a basis for class discussion.

ITAL 497EM - Expressions of the Modern, 3 cr.
Course taught in Italian.

This course addresses the notion of "Modernity" in Europe through the wide rage of its expressions in different fields such as philosophy, literature, figurative arts, music, etc. Italian Modernism will be presented against the backdrop of the European modernist movement, emphasizing its constant dialogue with other national cultures, as well as with its own cultural tradition and contemporary social and political situation. Undergraduate and graduate sections combined with different requirements.

ITAL 497FL - Federico Fellini: Film As Rhetoric, 3 cr.

The course investigates how Federico Fellini's work collaborates to construct the fiction now globally understood as Italian identity also through the relationship between the camera and the audience.

ITAL 497N - Boccaccio's Decameron, 3 cr.
Course taught in Italian.

Long considered one of the most important collections of short stories in the history of World Literature, the Decameron is also a fundamental stepping stone in Italian culture, not only because it sits astride the boundary between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance but also because it served as the model for the standardization of Italian prose. Built upon a new merchant-class reality, this masterpiece explores all levels of Italian society and the remarkable changes that were taking place in the years of the Black Death. Prerequisite: at least an intermediate-level proficiency in Italian (240 or 246). Counts toward Medieval Studies Certificate and cross-listed with ITAL 597N for graduate students.