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Italian Studies, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Undergraduate Courses

Course Descriptions for the Fall 2014 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. Text: Avanti!, 2nd ed. with online component.

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. Text: Avanti!, 2nd ed. with online component. Prerequisite: ITAL 110.

ITAL 126 - Intensive Elementary Italian, 6 cr.

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 230 - Intermediate Italian I, 3 cr.
Course taught in Italian.

Readings, discussion, revision of grammar and exercises. Review of first-year grammar and further development of the four acquisitional skills: speaking, reading, writing, and understanding. Prerequisites: ITAL 120, 126 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 303 - Writing on Language and Culture, 3 cr.
Course taught in Italian.

Seminar/Workshop. Fulfills the Junior-Year Writing Requirement.
Readings and discussions will be in Italian; written assignments for most students will be in English, as this course satisfies the departmental junior-year writing requirement. Students examine various genres of Italian cultural expression, including poetry, song, the short story, theater, cinema, the novel and, to a limited extent, art history. Emphasis is placed on developing and refining students' written critical responses to the objects of study. Each year the thematic content of the course will vary. Students should contact the designated instructor to apprise themselves of forthcoming thematic content. (Past thematic emphases included 'La Cultura e la letteratura del Mezzogiorno d'Italia' and 'Il paesaggio letterario italiano.')

ITAL 371 - Advanced Grammar and Composition, 3 cr.
Course taught in Italian.

The goal of the course is to improve the understanding of Italian advanced grammar. This will be accomplished through: reading, analysis and discussion of a wide range of Italian texts, both literary and non-literary, in order to gain familiarity with many styles, registers and uses of the language. Students will also be involved in a substantial amount of guided writing in which they will have the opportunity to practice and experiment with topics in grammar, style, register and literary genres as they are discussed throughout the semester. Focusing on these areas will allow students to improve written and spoken communication skills. Active class participation is essential and will be a part of the evaluative process. Requirements: Weekly assignments, formal compositions, a midterm and a final exam. Prerequisite: Italian 240 or 246.

ITAL 397J - Neorealism to Reality TV: The Camera Eye/The I on the Camera, 3 cr.
Course taught in English

This course will explore the development of the aesthetic of reality in audiovisual media from film to television and portable screens in the context of modern Italian history. The appeal and the power of the medium to capture and show reality are intricately related with modes of technical production, social and ethical discourse, and any current political order. We will analyze the deployment of 'reality' on screen from the post-WWII neorealist redemptive project after Fascism, through the contaminated narrative explorations of artists like Pier Paolo Pasolini and Michelangelo Antonioni, to modern documentary forms and hybrids (docufictions, infotainment) and television's twisted tales of reality in the era of Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset.

ITAL 497S - History of Italian Gastronomy, 3 cr.
Course taught in Italian. Graduate students should register for ITAL 597R.

The course provides an overview of the development of Italian cuisine and dominant tastes from the Middle Ages to the late 19th century, tracing the origins of modern Italian culinary tradition as we know it today. Through the analysis of original cookery manuals, we will explore ingredients, recipes and menus of the medieval banquet and its importance as a social event, its transformation through the Renaissance and the culinary revolution of the 18th century, leading to the creation of the new cuisine of the upcoming middle class of modern-day Italy.

ITAL 497T - The Early Renaissance 3 cr.
Course taught in Italian. Graduate students should register for ITAL 514.

This course presents a detailed look at the birth of Humanism, beginning with Petrarca, Boccaccio, Salutati, Valla, Poliziano and Alberti. We then follow selected humanistic themes into the High Renaissance, giving special attention to Ficino, Pico, Pulci, Michelangelo, Machiavelli and the courtly scrittori and scrittrici. This is an undergraduate-graduate combination course, taught in Italian for all but with separate requirements for each level.