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Undergraduate Course Descriptions 2009-2010
Last updated 10/20/2009


02416/Italian

General Education

0815. Language in Society (3 s.h.) RCI: GB.

How did language come about? How many languages are there in the world? How do people co-exist in countries where there are two or more languages? How do babies develop language? Should all immigrants take a language test when applying for citizenship? Should English become an official language of the United States? In this course we will address these and many other questions, taking linguistic facts as a point of departure and considering their implications for our society. Through discussions and hands-on projects, students will learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret language data and how to make informed decisions about language and education policies as voters and community members.

Note: This course fulfills the Human Behavior (GB) requirement for students under GenEd and Individual & Society (IN) for students under Core.

Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed any of the following: ANTHRO 0815, Asian Studies 0815, Chinese 0815, EDUC 0815, English 0815, PSYCH 0815, Russian 0815, Spanish 0815, or CSC+DIS 0815.

0831. Immigration and the American Dream (3 s.h.) RCI: GD.

As a Temple student, you go to school and live in a city full of immigrants. Perhaps your own relatives were immigrants to the United States. But have you ever listened to their stories? With an historical and sociological framework as a basis, we will take an in-depth and more personal look at the immigrant experience as expressed through the immigrantsí own voices in literature and film. Topics explored include: assimilation, cultural identity and Americanization, exploitation and the American Dream, ethnic communities, gender, discrimination and stereotyping.

Note: This course fulfills the Race & Diversity (GD) requirement for students under GenEd and Studies in Race (RS) for students under Core.

Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed any of the following: ANTHRO 0831, CR LANG 0831, History 0831, Italian 0931, Russian 0831, or SOC 0831.

0868. World Society in Literature & Film (3 s.h.) RCI: GG.

(Formerly: GE-WRLD 0060.)

Learn about a particular national cultureóRussian, Indian, French, Japanese, Italian, for example, each focused upon in separate sections of this courseóby taking a guided tour of its literature and film. You donít need to speak Russian, Hindu, French or Japanese to take one of these exciting courses, and you will gain the fresh, subtle understanding that comes from integrating across different forms of human expression. Some of the issues that will be illuminated by looking at culture through the lens of literature and film: Family structures and how they are changing, national self-perceptions, pivotal moments in history, economic issues, social change and diversity.

Note: This course fulfills the World Society (GG) requirement for students under GenEd and International Studies (IS) for students under Core.

Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed any of the following: Arabic 0868/0968, ASIA ST 0868, English 0868/0968, French 0868/0968, German 0868/0968, Hebrew 0868, Italian 0968, LAS 0868/0968, Russian 0868/0968, Spanish 0868/0968, Chinese 0868/0968, or Japanese 0868/0968.

General Education Honors

0931. Honors Immigration and the American Dream (3 s.h.) RCI: GD.

As a Temple student, you go to school and live in a city full of immigrants. Perhaps your own relatives were immigrants to the United States. But have you ever listened to their stories? With an historical and sociological framework as a basis, we will take an in-depth and more personal look at the immigrant experience as expressed through the immigrantsí own voices in literature and film. Topics explored include: assimilation, cultural identity and Americanization, exploitation and the American Dream, ethnic communities, gender, discrimination and stereotyping. (This is an Honors course.)

Note: This course fulfills the Race & Diversity (GD) requirement for students under GenEd and Studies in Race (RS) for students under Core.

Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed any of the following: ANTHRO 0831, CR LANG 0831, History 0831, Italian 0831, Russian 0831, or SOC 0831.

0968. Honors World Society in Literature & Film (3 s.h.) RCI: GG.

Learn about a particular national cultureóRussian, Indian, French, Japanese, Italian, for example, each focused upon in separate sections of this courseóby taking a guided tour of its literature and film. You donít need to speak Russian, Hindu, French or Japanese to take one of these exciting courses, and you will gain the fresh, subtle understanding that comes from integrating across different forms of human expression. Some of the issues that will be illuminated by looking at culture through the lens of literature and film: Family structures and how they are changing, national self-perceptions, pivotal moments in history, economic issues, social change and diversity. (This is an Honors course.)

Note: This course fulfills the World Society (GG) requirement for students under GenEd and International Studies (IS) for students under Core.

Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed any of the following: Arabic 0868/0968, ASIA ST 0868, English 0868/0968, French 0868/0968, German 0868/0968, Hebrew 0868, Italian 0868, LAS 0868/0968, Russian 0868/0968, Spanish 0868/0968, Chinese 0868/0968, or Japanese 0868/0968.

Lower Division Courses

1001. Italian Language I (4 s.h.) F S SS. RCI: LA.

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0051.)

Introduction to the use of Italian as a spoken language. Fundamentals of grammar, basic patterns of oral communication, writing and reading, introduction to Italian culture.

1002. Italian Language II (4 s.h.) F S SS. RCI: LA.

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0052.)

Prerequisite: Italian 1001 (0051) or equivalent or placement test.

A continuation of the activities of Italian 1001. The basics already learned are practiced, and new patterns of oral communication, reading, and writing are introduced. Additional fundamentals of grammar.

1003. Italian Language III (3 s.h.) F S. RCI: LB.

(Formerly: ITALIAN C061.)

Prerequisite: Italian 1002 (0052) or equivalent or placement test.

A continuation of the activities designed to achieve communicative competence. Review of material covered in first year Italian, and a study of more sophisticated structures and grammar. Emphasis on vocabulary building, on the practical use of communicative patterns in speaking and writing, and on reading comprehension. Additional cultural content.

1011. Fundamentals - Intensive Basic Language (6 s.h.)

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0059.)

This course meets four times per week and covers the equivalent of a full year of language study (Introductory Italian I and Introductory Italian II). The course is designed for highly motivated students who wish to develop communicative ability in Italian in a relatively short time. The course is conducted mainly in Italian.

1901. Honors Italian Language I (4 s.h.) RCI: HO.

Introduction to the use of Italian as a spoken language. Fundamentals of grammar, basic patterns of oral communication, writing and reading, introduction to Italian culture.

Upper Division Courses

2001. Intermediate Italian (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0062.)

Prerequisite: Italian 1003 (C061) or equivalent or placement test.

Using a variety of texts, the students will gradually broaden their vocabulary and understanding of culture, learn to organize ideas both in speaking and writing, and begin to appreciate the written text. Since the class will be conducted entirely in Italian, the studentsí communicative skill in speaking and writing will continue to expand. Grammatical points are reviewed as needed.

2041. Readings in Italian (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0142.)

Prerequisite: Italian 2001 (0062) or equivalent.

This course provides students with strategies designed to improve their reading skills. Students will also develop their ability to more effectively communicate ideas explored in the reading through discussion of problems of grammar, style, and composition. Elements of Italian culture, past and present, will also be examined in the context of this course.

2096. Composition I: Italian Composition and Conversation (3 s.h.) F S. RCI: WI.

(Formerly: ITALIAN W133.)

Prerequisite: Italian 2001 (0062) or equivalent.

Intensive work on communicative skills in speaking and writing. Students will expand their ability to express themselves conversationally both by building vocabulary used for debating, discussing, expressing a point of view, and obtaining information, and by engaging in role-playing and extemporaneous conversational situations. Formal and informal writing to improve written fluency in basic narrative prose.

2221. Italian Culture through Film (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0189.)

This course will provide students with a study of Italian cinema from the time of Neorealism, which began in 1945, to the present. Through the vision of movies, students will be introduced to Italian culture, socio-economic conditions, political philosophies, history, and the transformation of the Italian society throughout the years. Taught in English.

2501. Italian for Business (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0127.)

Prerequisite: Italian 2001 (0062) or equivalent.

This course is designed for students who wish to develop language and professional skills in the context of an international business environment focused on Italy. Attention is also given to Italian culture, manners, and customs as they relate to business practices.

3096. Composition II: Advanced Writing Skills (3 s.h.) RCI: WI.

(Formerly: ITALIAN W250.)

Prerequisite: Italian 2096 (W133) or equivalent.

This course has been designed to develop writing skills and reading comprehension, gradually and consistently. The emphasis of the course is practice in writing short essays, and in translating different types of language. Introduction to literary analysis. Attention to grammar, syntax and orthography.

3101. Survey of Italian Literature I (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0223.)

Prerequisite: One of the following courses: Italian 2096 (W133), 2041 (0142), 2501 (0127), or equivalent.

Reading and discussion of representative works of Italian literature from the origins through the Renaissance. The course will cover such authors as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli and Ariosto.

3102. Survey of Italian Literature II (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0224.)

Prerequisite: One of the following courses: Italian 2096 (W133), 2041 (0142), 2501 (0127) or equivalent.

Reading and discussion of representative works of Italian Literature from the Renaissance to modern times. The course will cover such authors as Marino, Metastasio, Alfieri, Goldoni, Leopardi, Manzoni, Ungaretti, Saba and Montale.

3182. Independent Study I (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0195.)

Prerequisite: By special permission.

Arranged each semester, please consult with the instructor.

Note: Considered only for extraordinary reasons. Does not replace required courses, unless specified and approved by the Italian Advisor.

3201. Italian Culture and Civilization (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0220.)

Prerequisite: Italian 2001 (0062) or equivalent.

Depending on the expertise(s) of the teacher and the interests of the students, this multi-disciplinary course will cover major historical and cultural periods and phenomena. Examples: the emergence of Italian language and dialects; medieval, Renaissance, and baroque art and architecture; folk literature and music; opera; the history of the Risorgimento and the Unification; women and feminism; modern Italian culture and politics; and cinema.

3240. Topics in Italian Cinema and Literature (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0230.)

This course is designed to deepen understanding of Italian culture, ethnicity, and universal themes as they are portrayed in Italian film and literature. It explores commonality and difference between two different forms of creative expression, in particular novels that were then adapted for film, as well as works of authors and filmmakers that are not directly linked. Topics vary. Viewing of films, readings. Taught in English. Can be taken as a cognate course for the Italian major.

3282. Independent Study II (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0196.)

Prerequisite: By special permission.

Arranged each semester; please consult with the instructor.

Note: Considered only for extraordinary reasons. Does not replace required courses, unless specified and approved by the Italian Advisor.

4096. Creative Writing Through Reading (3 s.h.) RCI: WI.

(Formerly: ITALIAN W360.)

Prerequisite: Italian 2096 (W133) or 3096 (W250), and English Composition or Analytical Reading & Writing.

The course is designed to enhance the studentís creative use of the Italian language and to contribute to an understanding of literature through the study of a range of styles and genres in the Italian tradition. Readings of short stories, essays, fables, poetry, journalism, novellas and excerpts from novels. Creative writing assignments based on imitation or on the appropriation of strategies and procedures deployed in the production of these texts.

4120. Special Topics (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0395.)

Prerequisite: One of the following courses: Italian 2096 (W133), 2041 (0142), 2501 (0127), or equivalent.

Various topics in Italian studies. Arranged each semester. Please consult with the instructor.

Note: Course offered to cover topics not currently available in the regular course inventory.

4121. Nobel Prize Winners in Italian Literature (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0304.)

Prerequisite: One of the following courses: Italian 2096 (W133), 2041 (0142), 2501 (0127), or equivalent.

Close reading and discussion of a selection of poetry and prose written by Italian authors who received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

4122. Italian Theater and Performance (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0363.)

Prerequisite: One of the following courses: Italian 2096 (W133), 2041 (0142), 2501 (0127), or equivalent.

Readings and discussion of the works of major Italian playwrights from Machiavelli to Goldoni, Pirandello and Eduardo De Filippo. The course culminates in the performance of Italian theater works.

4130. Topics in Italian Literature (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0380.)

Prerequisite: One of the following courses: Italian 2096 (W133), 2041 (0142), 2501 (0127), or equivalent.

This course is designed for students of Italian to concentrate on one period of literature or a particular topic in Italian literature. Topics vary. Taught in Italian.

4161. Italian American Literature and Culture (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0301.)

The focus of this course is the evolution of narrative and lyrical forms and contents of Italian American literature and film over the generations: the first, that wrote in various dialects of Italian and in nascent English with traces of Old World rhetoric; the semi-Americanized second that honored fathers and mothers in style and substance; the third and fourth that, now American, have embraced innumberable tendencies and modes of imagining and writing. Taught in English.

4240. Topics in Italian Cinema & Literature (in Italian) (4 s.h.)

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0240.)

Prerequisite: One of the following courses: Italian 2096 (W133), 2041 (0142), 2501 (0127), or equivalent.

Cross Listed with Italian 3240.

This course is designed to deepen understanding of Italian culture, ethnicity, and universal themes as they are portrayed in Italian film and literature. It explores commonality and difference between two different forms of creative expression, in particular novels that were then adapted for film, as well as works of authors and filmmakers that are not directly linked. Topics vary. Viewing of films, readings. Three hours taught in English, with the fourth hour taught in Italian. Written work and readings in Italian for Majors, Minors, Certificate Students.

4401. Techniques of Translation (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: ITALIAN 0275.)

An immersion in the theory and practice of translation with a focus on translating into English. The Italian texts, chosen in consultation with the instructor, can be drawn from not only prose fiction, poetry, and drama, but also such other genres as memoir, travel writing, and film soundtracks, as well as the gamut of text types in the human sciences, including cultural theory, philosophy, history, and ethnography. The aim is not just to translate, but to think deeply about translating, to develop writing practices by drawing on the resources of theory, past and present, and by examining translations written by professionals.

4920. Honors Special Topics (3 s.h.) F S. RCI: HO.

(Formerly: ITALIAN H395.)

Prerequisite: One of the following courses: Italian 2096 (W133), 2041 (0142), 2501 (0127), or equivalent.

Various topics in Italian studies. Arranged each semester. Please consult with the instructor.


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