Italian Courses Offered Spring 2018

Spring 2018 Italian Course Descriptions

103 First Semester Italian 4cr (U)

Class Number 53441 Lec001 MTWR 1:00 – 1:50pm (Pessarelli)

Enjoy learning through a variety of activities that develop your ability to carry on a conversation, write, and read in Italian. While working with Italian films, music, and sites on the Internet you will also explore the life and culture of Italy today. For students who have not studied Italian.  Prereq: none

104 Second Semester Italian 4cr (U)

Class Number 50075 Lec 001 MW Hybrid 9:00-9:50am (Ferrentino)

Class Number 50076 Lec 002 MTWR 12:00-12:50pm (Soldati)

Class Number 50938 Lec 003 MTWR 2:00-2:50pm (Soldati)

Class Number 50641 Lec 004 MW 6:00-7:50pm (Soldati)

This course builds upon the Italian vocabulary and skills acquired in Italian 103, expanding your abilities to read and express yourself in conversation and writing.  Enjoy learning about the life and culture of Italy today as you work with Italian films, music and sites on the World Wide Web.  Prereq: Italian 103, 113, or placement.

145 Views of Italy 3cr (U)

Class Number 49970 Lec001 MW 2:00-3:15pm (Iaquinta)

Class Number 49971 Lec002 MW 11:00am-12:15pm (Celi)

Class Number 50489 Lec003 MW 12:30-1:45pm (Celi)

Class Number 50490 Lec004 MW 2:00-3:15pm (Celi)

Class Number 53442 Lec 005 TR 11:00am-12:15pm (Iaquinta)

Class Number 54728 Lec 006 TR 12:30-1:45pm (Pickering-Iazzi)

Topic:  Italians and the Mafia 

This course examines the different mafia organizations (Cosa Nostra, camorra, ‘Ndrangheta, and the united Sacred Crown) in Italian society and politics from their origins to today, as portrayed in historical materials, film, fiction, and new media. Prereq: none; satisfies humanities GER and L&S International req.


203 Third Semester Italian 3cr (U)

Class Number 54729 Lec 001 MW 10:00-11:15am (Pessarelli)

Build upon your Italian language skills with creative activities such as skits, short presentations, and collaborative writing that are designed to expand your vocabulary and strengthen self-expression in speaking and writing.  In order to sharpen reading and oral comprehension skills, we will work with a range of video materials, films, and writings.  Prereq:  Italian 104 or placement

204 Fourth Semester Italian 3cr (U)

Class Number 50077 Lec 001 MWF 10:00-10:50am (Iaquinta)

Enjoy increasing your knowledge of the language, life, and culture of Italy through engaging activities that are designed around a variety of Italian films, writings, and sites on the World Wide Web. Students may expect to strengthen their oral comprehension, writing, conversation skills, and abilities to understand a range of writings from advertising to short stories. Prereq:  Italian 203 or placement.

256 Introduction to Italian Food Studies: A Cultural History 3cr (U)

Class Number 53487 Lec001 MW Hybrid 12:30-1:45pm (Milli-Konewko)

This course investigates the history of Italian eating traditions that unite the practices of the Italian regions as well as those customs that have distinguished regional differences from the Etruscan and Roman times to the present. Key concepts such as the production and consumption of food, its significance as survival and cultural element, will be discussed in order to understand notions of national, regional, class, and individual identities. We will look at the images of food in a variety of works, including material from Ancient Rome, contemporary stories, and films. All readings, discussions and written work are in English; films are in Italian with English subtitles.

310 Italian Immersion 2 cr (U)

Class Number 53796 Lec 001 Hybrid 9:00am- 12:00pm U, 9:00am-5:00pm S (Soldati)

Spend a weekend immersed in Italian language, while learning about culture and life in Veneto. Food, film, and topical events serve as points of departure for conversational activities with native speakers, which will markedly strengthen your fluency in Italian. Prereq:  Italian 203 or consent of instructor.

322 Introduction to Italian Literature and Film 3cr (U)

Class Number 54774 Lec 001 MW 11:00am-12:15pm (MIlli Konewko)

Interdisciplinary approaches to major works of literature and film. Increasing your vocabulary and capabilities to use a multiplicity of forms of self-expression, class discussions, presentations, and creative writing activities will provide the opportunity to investigate current issues in contemporary Italian life, culture and society. We will work with short stories, articles, films, YouTube videos, and sites on the World Wide Web to learn about subjects such as family, immigration, identity, travel, and women’s voices. Prereq: Italian 204 or consent of Department Chair.