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1001. Elementary Italian I

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students with three or more years of h.s. Italian. May not be taken out of sequence after passing ILCS 1002, 1003, or 1004 or after passing any 2000-level or above course taught in Italian.

Grading Basis: Graded

Elementary Italian grammar. Practice of oral skills through pronunciation and easy conversation. Reading of simple texts and exposure to Italian media and culture.

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1002. Elementary Italian II

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 1001 or equivalent. Not open for credit to students with three or more years of high school Italian. Students with questions about placement should contact the head of the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages.

Grading Basis: Graded

More elements of grammar and culture with integrated readings. Further practice in conversation and exposure to culture though simple examples from media, politics, and art.

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1003. Intermediate Italian I

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 1002 or equivalent. May not be taken out of sequence after passing ILCS 1004. May not be taken for credit after passing any 2000-level or above course taught in Italian, or three or more years of high school Italian. Students with questions about placement should contact the head of the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages.

Grading Basis: Graded

Intensive oral-aural practice based on selected readings and exposure to a wide range of contemporary cultural themes through materials such as newspaper articles, advertising material, and videos. Emphasis on more complex grammatical structures and vocabulary.

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1004. Intermediate Italian II

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 1003 or equivalent. May not be taken for credit after passing any 2000-level or above course taught in Italian. Students with questions about placement should contact the head of the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages.

Grading Basis: Graded

Intensive oral-aural practice. Practice in speaking through a combination of group-based and individual activities, focusing on grammatical structures, language functions, and vocabulary. Further exposure to a wide range of contemporary cultural themes through materials such as newspaper articles, advertising material, and videos.

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1101. The Italian Renaissance

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of Italian Renaissance civilization, with emphasis on literature and intellectual life. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. A knowledge of Italian in not required. CA 1.

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1149. Cinema and Society in Contemporary Italy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

A critical analysis of contemporary Italian society seen through the media of film and literature. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. Films in Italian with English subtitles. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1158. Italian American Experience in Literature and Film

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Focuses on the Italian American experience as represented in a variety of fields, including literature and cinema. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4.

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1160. Culture of Fascist Italy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The way Italian literary and cinematic culture justified, survived, and fought the terrors of the Fascist totalitarian regime. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1168. Adaptation: Italian Literature into Film

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of literary genres adapted into film in Italian context. Literary and visual styles, visual literacy, and film criticism. Literary texts cover a range of time periods and cultural considerations. Films represent a variety of cinematic techniques and the new audiences and artistic goals targeted by film adaptations. General film theory and theories of adaptation. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1170. Introducing Italy through Its Regions

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: May be repeated for credit with a change of subject matter for a maximum of nine credits.

Grading Basis: Graded

The diverse culture of Italy, studied through analysis of sociological, literary, artistic, and cinematic works from and about a single one of the different Italian regions and that region's cultural centers, such as Rome, Naples, Florence, Palermo, or Venice. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. CA 1.

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1193. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. May be repeated for credit. Consent of Department Head required, normally before the student's departure.

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3237. Italy Today

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 1148

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey of contemporary Italian political, social, economic and cultural life.

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3239. Italian Composition and Conversation I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 1148

Grading Basis: Graded

Practice in written and oral composition. Syntax study.

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3240. Italian Composition and Conversation II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 3239 or equivalent

Grading Basis: Graded

Further practice in written and oral composition. Treatment of the finer points in syntax.

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3245. Italian Literature and the City

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 1148

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of Italian Literature through the changing images of Italian cities.

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3246. Italian Women Writers

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 1148

Grading Basis: Graded

Survey of Italy's women writers from the early modern period to the present. Developments of Italian feminism and gender issues.

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3247. Jewish Literature and Film in 20th Century Italy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 1148

Grading Basis: Graded

Italy's literary and cinematic representations of Jews in the 20th Century. Jewish identity under Fascism, during World War II, and beyond. Taught in Italian.

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3250. Italian Theatre of the Eighteenth Century

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 3237 or 3239 or 3243 or equivalent

Grading Basis: Graded

Readings from Metastasio, Goldoni, and Alfieri.

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3251. Machiavelli, Michelangelo and Renaissance Literature

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 3237 or 3239 or 3243 or equivalent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Selected readings from the works of Poliziano, Leonardo da Vinci, Lorenzo de'Medici, Michelangelo, Ariosto, Machiavelli, Castiglione, Tasso, and others.

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3253. Dante and His Time

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 3237 or 3239 or 3243 or equivalent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Selected readings from Dante, Petrarch, Compagni, Villani.

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3254. Boccaccio and His Time

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 3237 or 3239 or 3243 or equivalent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Readings from Boccaccio and others with special attention to the problems of social and sexual ethics.

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3255W. Dante's Divine Comedy in English Translation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Dante's poem as a unique synthesis of Medieval culture. Emphasizes its integration of ethics, political thought, and theology with poetic imagination. Taught in English. CA 1.

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3256. The Literature of the Italian Renaissance

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed ILCS 3251 or 3252

Grading Basis: Graded

A survey, in English, of the major literary and philosophical currents of the Italian Renaissance. Selections from Boccaccio, Petrarch, Pico della Mirandola, Machiavelli, Castiglione, and others. Taught in English.

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3258W. Cinematic Representations of Italian Americans

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Cinematic representations of Italian Americans in the works of major directors from the silent era to the present. Construction of and attempts to dislodge negative stereotypes of Italian American male and female immigrants. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4.

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3259. Topics in Italian Cinema

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 1148

Grading Basis: Graded

Major topics in modern and contemporary Italian cinema. Taught in Italian.

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3260W. Italian Cinema

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Italian cinema from the silent era to the present. Its genres, such as epic film, melodrama, comedy "Italian-style," "Spaghetti-Westerns," and political cinema. Cinema as a reflection on and comment upon the social and political contexts of Italian history from pre-fascist Italy to modernization and beyond. Taught in English. Films in Italian with English subtitles. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3261. Twentieth-Century Italian Literature

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended preparation: ILCS 3237 or 3239 or 3240.

Grading Basis: Graded

Major trends in twentieth-century Italian Literature from the early modern period to contemporary times.

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3262. Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Recommended Preparation: ILCS 3237 or 3239 or 3240 or 3243 or instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Nineteenth-century Italian drama, poetry, and narrative from the Napoleonic period to the years immediately following the conquest of Rome in 1870.

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3270. Business Italian

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 1148

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to Italian business culture. Written and oral practice in the language of business Italian.

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3291. Italian Internship

1.00 - 6.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 1147 or approval from instructor of record; instructor consent required

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Supervised experience in a work setting using Italian linguistic skills and cultural competencies. Context may include a specific trade or industry, business, medical or clinical setting, public agency, community-based organization, or research collaboration. May be taken in the context of a study abroad program.

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3293. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign language program. May be repeated for credit. Consent of Department Head required, normally granted prior to the student's departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor.

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3295. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3298. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

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3299. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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4279. Capstone in Italian Studies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ILCS 1148

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced language practicum and integration of studies in Italian Literature and Culture.

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