Course Descriptions

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AP/IT 1000 6.0 (Y) ELEMENTARY ITALIAN

PREREQUISITE:
None. No knowledge of Standard Italian is assumed. Departmental Course Entry Authorization required PRIOR TO ENROLMENT.

Degree credit exclusion: AP/IT 1001 3.0

DESCRIPTION:
This course is designed for students with no previous formal training in standard Italian. It teaches speaking and writing skill s through the study of elementary grammar, the practice of vocabulary, intonation, and pronunciation. Cultural units will deal with the regions of Italy, as well as with Italian art, industries, and tourism. Some crucial historical events will be highlighted. By the end of this course students will be able to express themselves in Italian and write simple paragraphs on topics of personal and general interest. Students who complete this course with a minimum grade of "C" qualify for direct entry into Italian language and literature courses at the 2000-level.

FORMAT:
Four class hours per week (plus online activities and activities in the Multimedia Language Centre).

AP/IT 2000 6.0 (Y) INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN

PREREQUISITE:
Level 4U/M High School Italian or AS/IT 1000 6.0 or AP/IT 1000 6.0. Departmental Course Entry Authorization slip required PRIOR TO ENROLMENT.

Degree credit exclusion: AS/IT 2030 6.0 or AP/IT 2030 6.0

DESCRIPTION:
This course is intended for students with knowledge of the basic structures of Italian. It consists of the review and further stud y of Italian grammar; oral and written exercises; translation into Italian; reading of short stories and/or cultural materials; guided and free discussion and written composition. Vocabulary building and the study of idiomatic expressions will be emphasized. The course prepares students for entry into AP/IT 3000 6.0, AP/IT 3030 6.0, AP/IT3 050 6.0 and AP/IT 2200 6.0.

FORMAT: Four class hours per week.

AP/IT 2100 3.0 (Y) INTRODUCTION TO ITALIAN LINGUISTICS

PREREQUISITE:
AS/IT 1000 6.0 or AP/IT 1000 6.0 (or AP/IT 1002 3.0)

DESCRIPTION:
This course deals with linguistic descriptions of the Italian language: its sounds, morphosyntactic features, lexicon, texts and varieties. It provides an overview of linguistic theories as applied to Italian. It requires students to engage in linguistic analyses . This course is required for all students in Italian Studies degree programs.

FORMAT:
Three hours per week.

AP/IT 2200 3.0 (Y) GATEWAY TO ITALIAN LITERATURE

PREREQUISITE:
AS/IT 2000 6.0 or AP/IT 2000 6.0 or permission of the Department. With permission of the Department, students who have completed AS/IT 1000 6.0 or AP/IT 1000 6.0 may enrol in AP/IT 2200 6.0 only if they are concurrently enrolled in AP/IT 2000 6.0

DESCRIPTION:
The course is designed to provide a general outline of the development of Italian literature from its beginnings in the twelfth century to the present. Special emphasis is placed on major authors and their works and on the definition of literary periods and movements, thus relating individual works to the cultural trends prevailing at any given time. Some attention is given to fundamental concepts of literary criticism.

FORMAT:
Three hours per week in a combination of lectures and discussions. This course is required for all students in Italian degree programs , since it provides a general and essential introduction to the more specialized study of Italian literature. The course is also open to other students who can meet the required degree of proficiency in Italian (all works studied are in Italian).

AP/IT 1751 6.0 (Y) THE GREAT IDEAS AND THE MASTERWORKS

(Taught in English) (same as AP/HUMA 2751 9.0)

PREREQUISITE:
No knowledge of Italian is required. Students taking Italian as their major or minor subject may take this course, but it will not be counted towards a major or minor in Italian.

Degree credit exclusion: AP/HUMA 2990 9.0

DESCRIPTION:
This course explores three aspects of Italian culture: political life, philosophic thought, and literary creation. All works selected represent an important Italian contribution to the development of modern culture. Texts are also studied in relation to other Italian arts, such as painting, sculpture and architecture.

FORMAT: Three hours weekly .

AP/IT 2761 9.0 (Y) ITALIAN CINEMA, LITERATURE AND SOCIETY: FROM NEOREALISM TO POSTMODERNISM, 1945 TO THE PRESENT

(Taught in English) (same as AP/HUMA 2761 9.0)

PREREQUISITE:
None. No knowledge of Italian is required. Students taking Italian as their major or minor subject may take this course, but it will not be counted towards a major or minor in Italian Studies. It does count towards the major or mi nor in Italian Studies (Italian Culture) and will count for 6 credits. This is a second year Humanities Foundations course.

Degree credit exclusion: AP/HUMA 2761 9.0

DESCRIPTION:
The course will focus on twelve of t he most significant Italian films since World War II in the context of the radical changes that have taken place in Italy from the fall of Fascism to the present, and as critical statement s on the phenomena connected with the rapid transformation of Italian society: industrialization and the "economic miracle" urbanization, the crisis of traditional values, and postmodern fragmentation. Some of the films studied are based on literary texts, thus providing an opportunity to study the links between cinema and literature.

FORMAT:
Four hours per week in a combination of lectures (2 hours) and tutorials (2 hours). Films to be screened every two weeks.

AP/IT 1791 6.0 (Y) ITALIANS IN NORTH AMERICA: MIGRATION, IMMIGRATION AND BEYOND

(Taught in English) (same as AP/SOSC 2960 9.0)

PREREQUISITE:
None. No knowledge of Italian is required. Students taking Italian as their major or minor subject may take this course, but it will not be counted towards a major or minor in Italian. This is a second year Social Science Foundations course.

DESCRIPTION:
This course investigates cultural and linguistic developments in Italian ethnic communities in Canada and the United States. The topics covered include social science methodologies, theories of ethnicity, the history of Italian immigration to North America, Italian culture across generations, women's issues, the representation of Italians and their descendants in North America, the Italian language in North America, Italian-Canadian and Italian-American artists and writers, and current issues in ethnic studies. This course is part of the Foundations program. Students practice and learn library, research, and writing skills.

FORMAT:
Four hours per week (one two-hour lecture, and one two-hour tutorial).

AP/IT 3000 6.0 (Y) ADVANCED ITALIAN

PREREQUISITE:
AS/IT 2000 6.0 or AP/IT 2000 6.0 or AS/IT 2030 6.0 or AP/IT 2030 6.0, or permission of the Department. Departmental Course Entry Authorization slip required PRIOR TO ENROLMENT.

Degree credit exclusion: AS/IT 3030 6.0 or AP/IT 3030 6.0; AS/It 3050 6.0 or AP/IT 3050 6.0

DESCRIPTION:
This advanced-level course is designed to provide students with further study of grammar with particular emphasis on the structure of subordinate clauses and complex syntax. Readings from contemporary sources enable students to enhance both their active and passive vocabulary while providing a platform for discussions, summaries, and short written assignments.

FORMAT: Three hours per week.

AP/IT 3370 3.0 (F) BOCCACCIO

PREREQUISITE:

DESCRIPTION:

FORMAT: Three hours per week.

AP/IT 3721 3.0 (Y) SAINTS' LIVES AND BLACK MADONNAS

(Taught in English) (same as AP/EN 3241 6.0)

PREREQUISITE:
None. This course does not count towards the Major or Minor in Italian, but it may be counted towards a Major or Minor in English.

Degree credit exclusion: AP/EN 3241 6.0 or AS/EN 3241 6.0

DESCRIPTION:
The study of representative works (novels, plays, poetry, and cinema) by Canadians whose central theme is the Italian experience in Canada. The material will be studied for its literary and artistic qualities, but a complete understanding requires historical perspective. The course analyses the nature and background of Italian emigration, its genesis and its sociological characteristics, as well as its different regional and cultural roots.

Some American works will be referred to, since part of the course compares the Canadian and U.S. realities, including the portrayal of Italians in fiction and in films. These and other issues will be examined in t he context of the Canadian federal government social policy of multiculturalism. An analysis of its theoretical position will be discussed through the contributions to the field by Charles Taylor in his study "The Politics of Recognition" (in Gutmann, Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition, 1992) and debated by J. Habermas, L. Anthony Appiah and others.

FORMAT: Three hours per week. (One one-hour lecture and one two-hour tutorial)

AP/IT 4150 3.0 (W) ITALIAN REGIONAL LINGUISTICS VARIETIES

PREREQUISITE :
AS/IT 2100 6.0 or AP/IT 2100 6.0 and AS/IT 2200 6.0 or AP/IT 2200 6.0 and AS/IT 3000 6.0 or AP/IT 3000 6.0 or equivalent or permission of the department.

DESCRIPTION:
The aim of this course is to acquaint students with methods and issues in sociolinguistics and dialectology in Italy. The main characteristics of Italian regional varieties and Italian dialects are analyzed considering especially their phonetic and morphological systems; some syntactic structures and aspects of their lexicon are also discussed. Students are required to engage in field work and analyze data. In addition, dialect literature as the "other canon" is studied.

FORMAT: Three hours per week

AP/IT 4190 3.0 (F) THE HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE

PRE-REQUISITE:
AS/IT 2100 6.0 or AP/IT 2100 6.0 and AS/IT 2200 6.0 or AP/IT 2200 6.0 and
AS/IT 3000 6.0 or AP/IT 3000 6.0 or equivalent or permission of the department.

DESCRIPTION:
The aim of this course is to acquaint the students with a general chronological overview of the history of the Italian language. Readings, discussions in class and video programs base their focus on three historically and linguistically significant moments:

The transformation from Latin to Italian and its effects on the dynamics of linguistic varieties ( i volgari competing with il volgare toscano/fiorentino) ;
The 16th century linguistic controversy ( la questione della lingua ), i.e. the pivotal cultural role and predominance of literary Italian and its consequences for linguistic stability;
The contemporary changes described by linguists as italiano neostandard as well as linguistic transformations brought about the new media mirrored in Italian.
FORMAT: Three hours per week.

AP/IT 4300 3.0 (W) ITALIAN RENAISSANCE LITERATURE

PREREQUISITE: AS/IT 2200 or AP/IT 2200 6.0 or permission of the Department.

DESCRIPTION:
A study of the literature of the Italian Renaissance. Representative texts of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries are considered in their cultural context. Authors studied include Boiardo, Castiglione, Machiavelli, Bembo and Aretino.

FORMAT:
Three hours, in flexible combination of lecture and discussion.

AP/IT 4651 3.0 (F) LANDMARKS OF MODERN ITALIAN NARRATIVE:1900-1950

PREREQUISITE :
AP/IT 2200 6.0 or permission of the Department.

Degree Course Exclusion : AP/IT 4650 6.0

DESCRIPTION :
Representative Italian novels from the turn of the 1900s to 1950 are examined in relation to issues such as personal identity, social conditioning, and political aspirations. The course adopts an interdisciplinary approach by analyzing the novels in relation to philosophical and political thought, Freudian psychology, and Modernist art. Students will be acquainted with notions of narrative genres.

FORMAT : Three hours per week.

AP/IT 4652 3.0 (W) MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN NARRATIVE:1950-Present

PREREQUISITE :
AP/IT 2200 6.0 or permission of the Department. Degree Course Exclusion: AP/IT 4650 6.0

DESCRIPTION:
The Italian narrative from the 1950s to the present. The course focuses on the shifts of cultural and ideological paradigms, consumer society, feminism, technology, globalization, identity and cognitive issues. Works by Pasolini, Calvino, Maraini, Tabucchi, Celati, Nove.

FORMAT : Three hours per week.

AP/IT 4653 3.0 (W) WOMEN WRITERS OF MODERN ITALY

PREREQUISITE :
AP/IT 2200 3.0 or IT2200 6.0 prior to FW 2016-17  or permission of the Department.

DESCRIPTION:
This course explores the writings of some of the most prominent women authors from 1960 to the present addressing their voices and experiences within the family, whether as mother, wife, or daughter.  The works of both feminist and non-feminist authors are analysed in their historical and literary contexts. Authors may include Ginzburg, Maraini, Fallaci, Rame, and Ferrante, among others.

FORMAT : Three hours per week.

AP/IT 4750 6.0 (Y) MODERN ITALIAN CULTURE

PREREQUISITE :
None. No knowledge of Italian is necessary. This course does not count towards the major or minor in Italian. This course is required for the degree in Italian Culture

Degree credit exclusion: AS/IT 3750 6.0 or AP/IT 3750 6.0

DESCRIPTION :
This course aims to explore the transformation of the modern Italian state and Italian culture by introducing students to social, economic, and political issues which form the fabric of Italian civilization from unification to the present. It focuses on aspects, such as industrialization, the southern problem and emigration, Fascism and the Resistance, political parties, and the First and Second Republic. Students have an opportunity to explore topics related to the shifts in social values and practices, the rise of feminism and the new role of women, the youth and its struggles, the influence of the Church, the individual and the family within the agricultural structure of the past and within the industrial and technological society of our times. These topics are studied as they emerge in social and historical documents, novels, short stories, poetry, and film. Whenever appropriate, references to the visual arts and music are also made.

FORMAT : Three hours per week.

AP/IT 4775 6.0 (Y) MEDIA AND THE IDEA OF ITALY

PREREQUISITE:
None. No knowledge of Italian is necessary.

Degree credit exclusion: AS/IT 3775 6.0 or AP/IT 3775 6.0

DESCRIPTION :
This interdisciplinary course examines the history of the idea of Italy from the Renaissance to the present. Particular attention is devoted to the role of media in the evolution of cultural and national identity. Lectures, readings and assignments are in English. This course is required for the Honours BA in Italian Culture.

FORMAT: Three class hours per week.