2020-21 Italian Courses

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.

FALL 2020 ITALIAN COURSES

FALL 2020 COURSES

**All classes (except independent studies) are taught REMOTELY with synchronous components.**

Please note course times have changed: http://www.dartmouth.edu/reg/docs/class_schedule.pdf

The course listings below have been updated as of 7/10/20. Please contact the Department Administrator, Sydney Lucia, with any questions. 

ITALIAN COURSES FALL 2020

Italian 1: Introduction to Italian I at D, E 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 2: Introduction to Italian II at D: Rapid review and continued study of the fundamentals of Italian, with intensive work in vocabulary building. The course will also include an introduction to the culture and civilization of Italy. Open to students by qualifying placement or to students who have passed ITAL 1. Never serves in partial satisfaction of the Distributive or World Culture Requirements.

Italian 3: Intermediate Italian at E: Given on-campus as the final course in the required sequence and off-campus as part of the L.S.A. curriculum, this course is designed to develop reading, writing, and speaking skills, with emphasis on expansion of vocabulary and reinforcement of grammatical structures. Some discussion of texts and films of literary or cultural interest. Frequent oral and written assignments and tests, both on-campus and off, plus daily drills off-campus. Open to students by qualifying test or to students who have passed Italian 2. Never serves in partial satisfaction of the Distributive or World Culture Requirements.

Italian 11: Intensive Italian at D (Benvegnu): This 1-credit course is designed for students who have studied Italian for one to three years in high school, or those who have been exposed to Italian through family ties or have spent some time in an Italian-speaking environment. It is also suitable for students with little or no knowledge of the Italian language, but who have a strong background in another Romance language (i.e. Spanish, French,  Romanian, Portuguese, Catalan, and also Latin).  Italian 11 is an accelerated course that combines Italian 1 and 2 in one term, offering an exciting and fast-paced atmosphere in which to learn Italian. The course will have a web-based component, which, through cultural, grammar and multimedia learning activities, will complement face-to-face work and prepare students for in-class work. Students will learn to talk about familiar events in the present and the past, as well as formulate plans for the future. Weekly cultural videos will situate in context the grammatical content of the course, making it relevant and meaningful. Students will be actively engaged in a variety of creative written and oral activities that will help them develop their language skills. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to sign up for Italian 3 or apply for our Italian LSAs in Rome. With the goal of facilitating the acquisition of the target language, this course will be conducted entirely in Italian.

Italian 9: Italian Culture at D (Convertini):  Italian 9 expands on the skills acquired in the Italian language sequence (Italian 1, 2, 3, and/or the LSA) as well as offering a transition to Italian 10 and our upper-division literature and culture courses. This course introduces students to modern and contemporary Italian literature, culture and society through a focus on topics such as evolving political and regional identities, gender relations, the role of the media, and the culture of daily life. Students expand their active use of Italian, refine communicative, reading, and writing strategies, and comprehensively review grammar. Course work includes active participation in class discussions, oral presentations, and regular reading and writing assignments in the areas of narrative and poetry, cinema, music, and journalism. Instructors usually choose one or several "anchor" texts around which coursework revolves.

Italian 14: Introduction to Italian Culture at F (Convertini): This course introduces students to Italian culture through a representative selection of texts and topics from past to present, as well as encouraging students to think critically about notions of culture and identity. Topics include stereotypes and the idea of national identity, modern history, society and politics, food culture, the visual arts, music, cinema, religion, science and technology, the environment, Made in Italy, immigration, sports, and mafia. In many units, guest lecturers will widen the discussion by considering the global impact of Italian cultural production across time and space. Students will actively engage with Italian phenomena through in-class lectures and discussions, hands-on exercises, and site visits.

ITAL 33.01: Topics in Literature and Culture

  • ITAL 33:01: Into and Beyond Dante's Inferno at K (Callegari): The work of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) stages from beginning to end a struggle between personal desire, social obligation, and the conflicting cultures of Christian religion and the body politic. The unprecedented fusion Dante made of these elements in the Commedia [The Divine Comedy] has guaranteed his great poem a vast public, extending across world cultures and the seven centuries since it initially traveled among elite readers in north-central Italy in the early decades of the fourteenth century. This course will first examine the development of Dante's poetic voice in La vita nova [The New Life, ca. 1293-94] and then focus on its subsequent expansion into an all-encompassing vision of life and death in Inferno [Hell, ca. 1306-09], the first of the three canticles of the Commedia. Situating Dante in his own time and place will be essential to our analysis of his poetry, but attention to the multiple ways that Dante's work has been interpreted, translated, and appropriated in other periods, languages, and media will provide a critical framework for understanding its enduring appeal, why – in the words of Italo Calvino – it "has not finished saying what it has to say." Readings, lectures, discussion, and written work – to include a mid-term exam, two short essays, and a final digital project – will be in English. Students taking the course for major or minor credit will attend a weekly X-hour and write the two essays in Italian.

Italian 88: Senior Independent Reading and Research (Arrange, all terms) A program of individual study directed by a member of the staff. Open only to senior Italian, Italian Studies, and Romance Language (whose primary language is Italian) Majors. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.

Italian 89: Honors Seminar (Arrange, all terms) Honors students will arrange a program of study and research during any term of the senior year on a tutorial basis with individual faculty members. A thesis, written in Italian, and a public presentation are the normal culmination of this course. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.

 

Updated 7/10/20

Winter 2021 ITALIAN COURSES

Italian 1: Introductory Italian I at 9L, 10

Italian 2: Introductory Italian II at 9L, 10

Italian 3: Introductory Italian III at 10

Italian 10: Introduction to Italian Literature: Masterworks and Great Issues

  • ITAL 10.XX at TBD (Gilebbi) 

FRIT 31: Topics in Literature and Culture

  • FRIT 31 (used to be FRIT 93) Foreign Language Teaching Methods at 12 (Convertini): The course will provide a historical overview of approaches to foreign language (FL) teaching and learning and the theoretical notions underlying current pedagogical trends and classroom practices. Some of the topics that will be covered during the class discussion include: The National Standards for Foreign Language Learning; the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages; language learning and critical thinking; multiple intelligence in language learning; the integration of literature and culture in FL teaching; and digital pedagogy in the 21st century language classroom. Students will have the opportunity to apply course content through micro-teaching sessions, class-troubleshooting situations, class observations and the development of tasks and assessments. The course will also offer students the opportunity to reflect on language learning on a personal level, to find out how they think as language learners and how they can empower themselves to learn languages in an active and engaged manner. Open to all students. Text, lectures and discussion in English. Students taking the course for major or minor credit in Italian will attend a weekly x-hour and do all written work in Italian.

Italian 88: Senior Independent Reading and Research A program of individual study directed by a member of the staff. Open only to senior Italian, Italian Studies, and Romance Language (whose primary language is Italian) Majors. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.

Italian 89: Honors Seminar Honors students will arrange a program of study and research during any term of the senior year on a tutorial basis with individual faculty members. A thesis, written in Italian, and a public presentation are the normal culmination of this course. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.

Rome LSA/LSA+  (Parati)

 

Updated 4/27/20

SPRING 2021 ITALIAN COURSES

Italian 5: Italian Express at 10 (Alberti): This course is the equivalent of Italian 1 and fulfills the prerequisite to Italian 2. This innovative introductory course will provide you with the linguistic and cultural skills you will need to effectively function in Italy and fully enjoy its wonders. At the end of this course, you will be able to converse in Italian in a social setting and to understand and communicate information regarding travel, public transporation and housing, food and restaurants, shopping, technology, health, money, and more. Each week, three class meetings are combined with three drills and authentic cultural content provided in a weekly online module. 

Italian 2: Introductory Italian II at 9L

Italian 3: Introductory Italian III at 11

Italian 11: Intensive Italian at 11 (Alberti):  This 1-credit course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of the Italian language, but who have a strong background in another Romance language (i.e. Spanish, French, Romanian, Portuguese, Catalan, and also Latin).  Italian 11 is an accelerated course that combines Italian 1 and 2 in one term offering an exciting and fast-paced atmosphere to learn Italian. The course will have a web-based component, which, through cultural, grammar and multimedia learning activities, will complement face-to-face work and prepare students for their in-class work. In this course, students will learn to talk about familiar events in the present and the past, as well as formulate plans for the future. Weekly cultural videos will situate in context the grammatical content of the course making it relevant and meaningful. Students will be actively engaged in a variety of creative written and oral activities that will help them develop their language skills. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to sign up for Italian 3 or apply for our Italian LSA in Rome. With the goal to facilitate the acquisition of the target language, this course will be conducted entirely in Italian.  Prerequisite: One year or equivalent of university level instruction in a Romance Language or Latin; or three high school years of instruction in a Romance Language or Latin; or native speaking proficiency in a Romance Language; or permission of instructor.

Italian 7: First Year Seminar: Mafias at TBD (Canepa): What is "mafia"? Organized crime, a shadow state, deep-rooted mentalities, men in big suits, all of the above? In this course we will study Italian and Italian-American mafias in literature, film, history, and contemporary reality, investigating the conditions in which mafias emerged, and those that make it possible to continute to thrive today. 

Italian 22: Humanism and the Renaissance at TBD (TBD): This course explores the extraordinary cultural production of Italy from the late fourteenth to the end of the sixteenth century—the Renaissance. Specific topics will vary for each offering; students will examine broader social and historical contexts through themes such as the birth of humanism; attitudes toward the ancient world and the "discovery" of new worlds; developments in the visual arts and in science; court society; sexuality and courtesan culture; gender and family life; religious reform. Authors may include Petrarch, Alberti, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Isabella di Morra, Veronica Franco, Ruzante, Castiglione, Ariosto, Bandello, Tasso, and others.

Italian 27: Topics in Italian Literature: Offerings of this course will consist of various topics in Italian literature.

  • Italian 27.XX at TBD (Canepa)

Italian 87: Independent Reading and Research Students may arrange a program of study and research with individual faculty members. Open only to Italian, Italian Studies, and Romance Language Majors. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term. 

Italian 88: Senior Independent Reading and Research A program of individual study directed by a member of the staff. Open only to senior Italian, Italian Studies, and Romance Language (whose primary language is Italian) Majors. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.

Italian 89: Honors Seminar Honors students will arrange a program of study and research during any term of the senior year on a tutorial basis with individual faculty members. A thesis, written in Italian, and a public presentation are the normal culmination of this course. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.

 

Updated 4/27/20