SUMMER 2020 CLASSES

SUMMER 2020 FRENCH COURSES

French 3: Introductory French III @ ARR (McConnell)

French 8: Exploring French Language and Culture @ ARR (McConnell)  Practice in the active use of the language combined with an introduction to major aspects of French society. Each week students will write papers and participate in discussions based on books, articles, and films emphasizing social and historical concepts.  In the event that French 8 isn't offered, you may take French 10, with the understanding that your next French course will be French 8.  Dist:SOC; WCult:W

French 10.19: À la recherce du bonheur @ 10A (Beasley): The events of the past few months in particular have led many of us to reflect on what constitutes happiness and what makes us as individuals truly happy.  In this course we will enter into dialogue with French writers and thinkers who have long been attracted to this subject.  We will explore happiness from all angles and across centuries.  Has the concept of happiness changed from the Middle Ages to the present?  How have authors written about le bonheur?  Why have they chosen this subject?  Is there anything particular about bonheur in the French context? 

This course was first offered in winter 2020. Over the spring term it was adapted for an online format.  There will be some asynchronous work, but for the most part we will meet as we would have if the course were being held on campus.  This is a discussion based course that will enable you to improve your spoken and written French, as we create a conversation with the past and present and construct our own interpretations of this fundamental concept.

French 40.04: Classical Comedy: Molière @ 2A (Beasley): Molière is France's best known and most universally loved playwright.  Over three hundred years after his death, his plays continue to dominate the French stage and stages across the world.  In this course, we will explore Molière's creative genius to understand his profound and lasting influence.  This course has been redesigned for the summer 2020  online offering.  Some of the questions we will explore asynchronously but primarily synchronously are:  What was and is the role of theatre in society?  Why is Molière so important to French culture?  How was a play staged in 17th-century France?  How have the staging of Molière's plays changed over time?  What is the relationship between politics and theatre?  What is comedy? How did the public experience Molière's comedy?  In addition to studying French theatre and its history, we will create our own theatre troupe. 

 

SUMMER 2020 ITALIAN COURSES

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Italian 1: Introduction to Italian I at 10 (Alberti): An introduction to Italian as a spoken and written language. The work includes regular practice in class and scheduled drill-sessions in understanding and using the spoken language. Written exercises and elementary reading materials serve for vocabulary building and discussion. Never serves in partial satisfaction of the Distributive or World Culture Requirements

Italian 37.09: Italian Ecologies at ARR (Benvegnu): What can Italy teach us about our relationships with the nonhuman world in the current socio-environmental crisis?

In this course, we will focus on how Italian writers and activists, visual artists and philosophers engaged with real and fictional environments, and how their engagements reflect, critique, and animate the approach that Italian culture has had toward the physical environment and its ecology since late antiquity. Through a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, we will explore topics including climate change, environmental justice, animal ethics, and the potential relationships between socio-environmental degradation and epidemics. We will thus analyze how Italian ecological narratives fit within the current transnational debate occurring in the Environmental Humanities.

Our goal is to provide both an account of how Italian culture has shaped contemporary environmental thought and how Italian authors are presently developing unique ecological approaches to raise questions about the role of humans in a possible post-natural world.

This class is taught in English but with x-hours in Italian for majors/minors.