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ITAL  200:  Italian Grammar Review 

You’ve mastered the basics of Italian grammar – now take your Italian skills to the next level! In ITAL 200 you’ll perfect the structures you’ve learned while also acquiring more complex forms necessary

for reading, writing, and speaking proficiently. Through an engaging selection of stories, movies, music, debates, and many other activities, this course makes grammar fun!

PREREQ: ITAL 107

NOTE: Course may be taken as Honors credit.

ITAL  205:  Italian Conversation

You’re so close to proficiency in Italian! Consolidate your hard-earned language skills through conversation and oral presentations, with grammar review and written work when appropriate. Students will discuss current events along with material from films, the Internet and other sources. Have fun while improving your speaking skills!

PREREQ: ITAL107

NOTE: Course may be taken as  Honors credit.

ITAL  211:  Italian Reading & Composition: Short Fiction  

Let the masters of the Italian short story teach you to write! This course emphasizes vocabulary acquisition and written expression. Students will read and discuss short works of literature and film. You will improve your writing skills, add to your rich stock of conversation topics in Italian, and begin your love affair with a wide range of Italian authors. Honors section available.

Prerequisite(s): ITAL200, 205, or 206

NOTE: Course may be taken as Honors credit.

ITAL 305:  Advanced Italian Conversation and Composition

This course teaches Italian conversation and composition through a variety of materials: Italian newspaper and magazine short articles, film, Internet research, etc. The themes of the course are content-based and will explore the crucial importance of the diverse cultural local culture of regions and dialects for contemporary Italian identity in the age of globalization. Emphasis is on improving conversational fluency, pronunciation, vocabulary, and listening comprehension skills as well as writing skills.

PREREQ: ITAL 211 or ITA: 212

NOTE: Course may be taken as Honors credit.

ITAL 325:   Italian Civilization and Culture I  

This course surveys the major cultural, social and political developments in Italy from its origins to the 16th century. Learn about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire! Find out how the Medici family made Florence the center of Renaissance culture! Discover Italy’s contributions to the development of modern science! Course materials include readings, films, and a video game segment.

PREREQ: ITAL 211 or ITAL 212

NOTE: Course fulfills Group B requirement. Course may be taken as an Honors credit.

ITAL 455/655:   Love, Sex, Gender, and Power in Renaissance Italy   

How did the Renaissance think about love and sex, gender and power? How did Renaissance men and women see themselves and one another? We will examine these questions in a variety of contexts, from the vibrant court environments of Urbino and Florence, structured around the central figure of the prince, to the cosmopolitan culture of Venice, an early modern hub of international culture and trade. Our interdisciplinary approach will include readings from Boccaccio, Baldassar Castiglione, Niccolò Machiavelli, Veronica Franco, and Moderata Fonte, as well as selections from Renaissance medical treatises and analysis of Renaissance costume and portraiture. We all also give consideration to modern-day representations of sex, love, and power in the Renaissance in film and TV.

PREREQ: Any two 300-level courses

NOTE: Course may be taken as Honors credit.

LLCU 430/630:  Terrorism in Italian Cinema   

This course examines the representation of terrorism in the history of Italian film. Students will be exposed to a selection of movies organized around three intertwined critical approaches: historical, cinematic and cultural. Students will gain an understanding of the internal tensions in Italy that stretched from the Civil War of the Italian Resistance during World War II, to the so-called “years of lead” (“anni di piombo,” c.1969-83) and the ideological terrorisms to which this period gave rise, and finishing with the Cold War era. The course will explore how the trauma of political extremism, violent uprising and protests, and organized and clandestine terrorism were elaborated and reinterpreted through distinctive ideological frameworks and film techniques. Finally, students will observe and discuss connections between the issues raised by theses Italian films, which highlight tensions between competing social groups and ideologies, and the broader landscape of contemporary global terrorism, fueled by religious fanaticism. Taught in English. 

PREREQ: none

NOTE: Course fulfills  Group A or Second Writing Requirement. Course may be taken as Honors credit.

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