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

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

All courses are remote with synchronous components unless specified otherwise

 

Italian 1: Introduction to Italian I at D, E (remote with synchronous components)

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 (remote with synchronous components)

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 - (remote with synchronous components)

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 (Benvegnù) at D - (remote with synchronous components)

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. 

Italian 9: Advanced Italian Culture (Convertini) at ARR

This course will serve to an introduction to Modern and contemporary Italian culture and society as preparation for future study of Italian language, literature, film and culture at more advanced levels. Through comprehensive grammar review and focus on specific stylistic issues, you will improve your language fluency and your command of spoken and written Italian. 

This iteration of the course will be delivered remotely with synchronous components. This means you will do some of the work asynchronously, but will also able to build a sense of community thanks to our remote class meetings. Through the viewing of the film La meglio gioventù (2003), facilitated discussion, blogs, and hands on creative tasks, you will improve your use of language, while learning about Italian civilization and culture.

Italian 14: Introduction to Italian Culture (Convertini) at ARR

Have you ever wondered what makes people fall in love with Italy? From history, the arts, religion, and gastronomy to science, technology, and "Made in Italy," Italian culture will come alive in this course as you learn how to critically read and discuss cultural texts and artifacts while also gaining an understanding of the global impact of Italian cultural production across time and space. Expect to be highly engaged through lectures, discussions, and hands-on projects. In many units, guest lecturers will broaden the discussion about Italian cultural production from a variety of perspectives.

Through a series of synchronous and asynchronous activities, you will discover the richness and complexity of Italian culture. Through your interaction with the class, on an individual level, through groupwork, and facilitated discussion, you will engage with intellectual inquiry, critical and creative thinking and content creation.

 

ITAL 33:01: Into and Beyond Dante's Inferno (Callegari) at K - remote with synchronous components. 

An austere ancient authority, a smitten teenage lover, a prophet, an embezzler, a national icon, an unapologetic heretic, a mercenary, and the only truly great poet to have ever lived: Dante has been called many things in the 700 hundred years since he began writing, and he continues to attract the interest of a wildly diverse group of readers. In his medieval masterpiece, the Divine Comedy, Dante irreversibly transformed literary language and perhaps even the way we perceive the universe. Our course will focus on the Inferno, before considering echoes of Dante beyond his time. Our goal will be to bring Dante's vision of Hell to life, reconstructing the terrifying landscape and interpreting the complex poetry of a text that continues to resonate with modern audiences as intensely as it did with its medieval public. Our class meetings will be flexible, to allow the participation of a wide group of students, and dynamic, inviting many outside speakers and using a variety of media to engage with Dante.  

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.

 

 

 

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) 

Italian 35: Migration and Ecology in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean at 2 (Parati)

Why do people migrate? How does their migration impact the places they cross? How have migrations trajectories changed in the last 150 years? Why do people embark in a risky journey across the Mediterranean Sea? How do their destination countries react to their arrivals? How does migration chance Europe? These are some of the questions we will try to answer in this class. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will look at what the impact of migration is on the environment and in the process of changing old ideas about what Europe is. Through an interdisciplinary approach using material that originates from both the humanities (film, literature, music, and art) and the social sciences (mainly geography and sociology), we will explore the present and discuss the possible futures of migrations across the Mediterranean.

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 9L (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 27.02: Translation in Theory and Practice at 11 (Canepa) 

    Human communication depends on translation. Much of what we know about worlds different from our own comes through translations and the dialogues between languages and cultures that they create.  In this course we will focus on translation between Italian and American cultures, and consider the larger question of the representation of "foreignness." We will explore the theory and practice of translation in various contexts—literature, film, popular media—and gain direct experience in the art of translation through workshops and a final project.  

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 9/4/20