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Courses Offered 2017 – 2018

2017 Fall Courses

2018 Spring Courses

 

If you have completed (or are currently completing) 1101, you should continue with ITA 1102.

If you have completed ITA 1103 in the past, or are currently completing ITA 2203, to continue with classes taught in Italian you should enroll in ITA2501W, or ITA 3702, Topics in Contemporary Italian Civilization (previous instructor’s approval).

Students at any level who are interested in pursuing a Minor, or in learning more about Italian culture, can enroll in one or both courses offered in English (no language prerequisite):

  • ITA 3240, Dante’s Divine Comedy
  • ITA 3640, Classical Italian Cinema
  • ITA 3890: Special Topics in Italian Literature – Dante & Theology

All Spring 2018 upper-level courses count towards the Minor in Italian and Italian Studies and/or the Major in Italian and European Studies. Please check what AXLE requirement these courses fulfill.

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  • Italian 1102: Elementary Italian

MWF @ 10.10-11.00, Daniela D’Eugenio
MWF @ 12.10-1.00, Daniela D’Eugenio
MWF @ 1.10-2.00, Daniela D’Eugenio

Italian 101B is the continuation of Italian 101A.  This course introduces students to additional vocabulary and grammatical structures while strengthening students’ skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  The incorporation of cultural elements, realia, and exposure to the film, art, and literature of Italy will help students gain a well-rounded appreciation of the Italian language.
Prerequisite: 101a. [3]
TAUGHT IN ITALIAN
AXLE: Foreign language proficiency
AXLE: International Culture

 

  • Italian 1103: Intensive Elementary Italian

MWF @ 10.10-11.00, Elsa Filosa

Italian 102 is an accelerated Italian course that combines the material of Italian 101A and 101B into one semester.  This course may appeal to students who have studied another language (particularly a romance language), but is open to all students and assumes no previous language knowledge.  This course introduces students to vocabulary and grammatical structures while strengthening students’ skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  The incorporation of cultural elements, realia, and exposure to the film, art, and literature of Italy will help students gain a well-rounded appreciation of the Italian language.

Students who have earned credit for 101a will earn only three hours of credit for this course. Students who have earned credit for 101b will earn only three hours of credit for this course. No credit for students who have earned credit for both 101a and 101b. No credit for students who have earned credit for a more advanced Italian language

course.

Prerequisite: NONE. [3]

TAUGHT IN ITALIAN

AXLE: Foreign language proficiency

AXLE: International Culture

 

  • Italian 1111: First-Year Writing Seminar – Italian History & Culture Through Cinema

MWF @ 1:10 – 2:00, Andrea Mirabile

This course will introduce students to Italian culture, history, and society through Italian cinema. We will explore classic and modern films by some of the best-known Italian directors to provide a vivid glimpse into modern and contemporary Italy and its connections with the past. Our focus will be on Italian cities, regions, and traditions. Other topics will include Italy and the European Union, Italian food, the fashion industry, and the Italian-American experience. Films will have English subtitles. Knowledge of Italian is not required.

Independent learning and inquiry in an environment in which students can express knowledge and defend opinions through intensive class discussion, oral presentations, and written expression. May be repeated for credit once if there is no duplication of topic, but students may earn only up to 3 credits in any 1111 course per semester of enrollment. [3; maximum of 6 credits total for all semesters of 1111]

Prerequisite: NONE. [3]

TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

AXLE: First-Year Writing Seminar

 

  • Italian 2501W: Grammar and Composition

TTh @ 9:35-10:50, Letizia Modena

ITA 2501W Grammar and Composition. Language practice through an exploration of Italian culture, focusing in particular on some of the most suspenseful Italian thrillers, as well as on contemporary music and film now popular among Italian youth.

TAUGHT IN ITALIAN

Prerequisite: ITA 2203 [3]

AXLE: 2000-level and above W course

AXLE: Foreign language proficiency

AXLE: International Culture

Eligible for European Studies

 

  • Italian 3240: Dante’s Divine Comedy

MW @ 2:10-3:25, William Franke

An introduction to Dante’s 3-part poetic odyssey, the cultural world it embodies, and the literary, philosophical and theological questions it raises.  Topics will include the existential descent into the self in Inferno, the transition from profane to sacred love in Purgatory, and the problematic of language and transcendence in Paradise.

TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

Prerequisite: NONE [3]

AXLE: Humanities and the Creative Arts

Eligible for European Studies & Religious Studies

 

  • Italian 3640: Classic Italian Cinema

MWF @ 12:10-1:00, Andrea Mirabile

Italian 240, Classic Italian Cinema, is an exploration of Italian cinema from the 1940s to 2000. The course will focus on the relationship between film and society, history, and culture. Particular emphasis will be given to the inter-animation between the verbal and the visual arts (cinematic adaptations, connections between cinema and painting, writers inspiring film-makers and vice versa) and to the exchanges between Italian and other European and American directors.

Prerequisite: NONE [3]

TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

AXLE: International Cultures

Eligible for Cinema and Media Arts / European Studies / Film Studies

 

  • Italian 3702: Topics in Contemporary Italian Civilization

MWF @ 11:10-12:00, Elsa Filosa

20th– and 21st-century Italian history and culture as reflected in pop, folk, and rock music. Close reading of the lyrics of several songs will improve both listening skills and general understanding of the social varieties of the Italian language, local dialects, and the peculiarities of the regions and cities of the Peninsula.

Prerequisite: ITA 2501W or instructor approval [3]

TAUGHT IN ITALIAN

AXLE: Foreign Language Proficiency

Eligible for European Studies

 

  • Italian 3890: Special Topics in Italian Literature – Dante & Theology

M @ 3:30-6:00, William Franke

Dante’s pioneering of a modern approach to theology in the context of an incipient secular world; also, the implications of his expressly imperialist political theology for our global age and the tension between claims of universal truth and of negative theology.  We will scrutinize, for example, issues of Transgression and Transcendence – Is there an inner bond? – and the question, What Makes Religion Radical?  The objective is to bring Dante into dialogue with current issues in theology that his vision, as one of Western culture’s greatest resources, illuminates.

Prerequisite: NONE [3]

TAUGHT IN ENGLISH