Last updated: July 12, 2004 @ 09:47AM

Italian
This program is co-ordinated by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Chair
Ernesto J. Virgulti

General Information

Administrative Assistant
Hajnalka Bela-Zavodni

905-688-5550, extension 3312
Mackenzie Chown A207
https://brocku.ca/modernlanguages/index.html

The Department aims to provide students with a thorough and comprehensive coverage of spoken and written Italian, its literature and culture. In addition to the courses taught in the language, the Department offers a series of courses taught in English that may be acceptable for credit toward a degree. Students are encouraged to participate in one or more of the study programs in Italy.

Summer Studies in Italy
The Italian section of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers two courses in Italy: ITAL 2F99 Reading the Italian City (offered in conjunction with the Department of Visual Arts), and ITAL 3M01 Monumental Rome: From Romulus to the Renaissance (offered in conjunction with the Department of Classics). Contact the Department for information and registration.

Students wishing to study in Italy through other universities may do so in consultation with the Department.

Program Notes
  1. Students with two or more years of high school Italian take ITAL IF90 and may not take ITAL 1F00 or 1F01 without permission of the Department. Permission is granted only in the most exceptional cases.
  2. Students with no high school courses in the language take ITAL 1F00 or 1F01, according to their background. See individual course descriptions.
  3. ITAL 1F00 and 1F01 are introductory language courses. Students who register in these courses must submit an official high school transcript to the instructor as proof of their level of competence in order to receive Departmental confirmation of registration before the end of the second week of classes. Failure to do so will result in de-registration from the course.
  4. Unless otherwise noted in the course description, courses numbered 2(alpha)00 or above are taught in the language while courses numbered 1F90 and below are taught in the language to the extent possible.
  5. ITAL 1F00 and 1F01 may be taken for degree credit, but cannot be used to meet requirements for major programs in Italian. However, one of these courses may be included in a Minor Program in Italian.
  6. ITAL 1F00, 1F01, 1F90 and 2F00 constitute a sequence. Once credit has been obtained in one of these courses, students are not allowed to take for credit a course in the same language with a lower number in the sequence. Students may not take two courses at different levels in the sequence during the same term. This regulation also applies to courses taken at other institutions.
  7. Departmental courses noted as given in English may be included in major programs. Single Honours programs may include no more than two and one-half credits in such courses; single 3 Year (Pass) programs may include no more than one and one-half credits in such courses; combined 3 Year (Pass) programs may include no more than one credit in such courses. Combined Honours programs may include no more than one and one-half credits in such courses. If both combined Honours programs are chosen, from French, Italian or Spanish, three credits, in both languages, are allowed.
  8. The Department reserves the right to refuse admission to and/or credit for any of its language courses to a student who has, in the view of the Department, a level of competence unsuited to that course.
  9. In all 20 credit degree programs, at least 12 credits must be numbered 2(alpha)00 or above, six of which must be numbered 2(alpha)90 or above and of these, three must be numbered 3(alpha)90 or above. In all 15 credit degree programs, at least seven credits must be numbered 2(alpha)00 or above, three of which must be numbered 2(alpha)90 or above.

Pass Program

Year 1
·   ITAL 1F90 (see program note 1)
·   one Science context credit
·   one Social Science context credit
·   two elective credits
Year 2
·   ITAL 2F00
·   two ITAL or MLLC credits numbered 2(alpha)00 or above (see program note 7)
·   two elective credits
Year 3
·   Three ITAL or MLLC credits numbered 2(alpha)90 and above (see program note 7)
·   two elective credits

Combined Major Program

Honours

Year 1
·   ITAL 1F90 (see program note 1)
·   one credit from the co-major discipline
·   one Science context credit
·   one Social Science context credit
·   one elective credit
Year 2
·   ITAL 2F00
·   one ITAL or MLLC credit numbered 2(alpha)00 or above (see program note 7)
·   two credits from the co-major discipline
·   one elective credit
Year 3
·   Two ITAL or MLLC credits numbered 2(alpha)90 or above (see program note 7)
·   two credits from the co-major discipline
·   one elective credit
Year 4
·   Two ITAL or MLLC credits numbered 3(alpha)90 or above (see program note 7)
·   two credits from the co-major discipline
·   one elective credit
Combined 3 Year (Pass) Program

Satisfactory completion of the first three years of the Honours program entitles a student to apply for a 3 Year (Pass) degree.

Minor in Italian

Students in other disciplines may obtain a Minor in Italian within their degree program by completing the following courses with a minimum 60 percent overall average:
·   ITAL 1F90 and 2F00
·   one ITAL credit
one ITAL literature and/or culture credit numbered 2(alpha)00 or above

Course Descriptions

Note that not all courses are offered in every session. Refer to the applicable term timetable for details.

# Indicates a cross listed course
* Indicates primary offering of a cross listed course

Prerequisites and Restrictions

Students must check to ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met.
ITAL 1F00
Introductory Italian I
Beginner's course for students with no background in Italian. Acquisition of reading and oral skills, basic grammar; conversation and composition.
Lectures, 3 hours per week; language lab, 1 hour per week.

ITAL 1F01
Introductory Italian II
Beginner's course for students of Italian background who have not formally studied the language. Acquisition of reading and oral skills, basic grammar; composition and conversation.
Lectures, 3 hours per week; language lab, 1 hour per week.

ITAL 1F90
Intermediate Italian
Review of basic grammar; composition and oral practice: Discussions based on cultural topics, cities and the art of Italy.
Lectures, seminar, 4 hours per week.
Prerequisite: one of ITAL 1F00, 1F01, two or more years of high school Italian or permission of the instructor.

ITAL 1P95
Italian Culture and Civilization
Artistic heritage of Italy and the intellectual, political and social forces that have shaped the mentality and way of life of the Italians. Selected texts and multi-media material.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Note: given in English.
Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade in ITAL 1F95.

ITAL 2F00
Language, Literature and Culture
Grammar review; oral and written practice. Introduction to the study of film, literary texts and principles of criticism.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: ITAL 1F90 or permission of the instructor.

ITAL 2F99
Reading the Italian City
(also offered as VISA 2F99)
Exploring key monuments, churches, museums and urban sites culminating with the Venice Biennale. Concept of the city as expressed through art, literature and architecture from Mediaeval to Post-modern times. Historical and geographical influences and factors in shaping the city, its culture and traditions, from fine arts to culinary arts and oenology. Cities may include Rome, Orvieto, Assisi, Siena, Florence and Venice.
Prerequisite: two ITAL or VISA credits or permission of the Department.
Note: Offered in Italy. Given in English. Italian majors will receive language instruction and will complete assignments in Italian. Registrants are expected to pay their own expenses.

ITAL 2P40
Early to High Renaissance Art and Architecture
(also offered as VISA 2P40)
Major monuments, buildings and art works of the period from several critical perspectives including the humanist influence on the arts in Florence and Rome, the issue of patronage and the question of the artists' cultural status.
Lectures, seminar 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: ITAL 1F90, VISA 1F98 or permission of the instructor.
Note: given in English.
Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade in ITAL 2P10.

ITAL 2P80
Italian Cinema
(also offered as FILM 2P80)
Major film directors and cultural trends in Italian cinema. Films studied include those by De Sica, Rossellini, Fellini, Antonioni, Bertolucci, Wertmüller, Amelio and Moretti.
Lectures, 3 hours per week, plus film lab.
Note: given in English. Knowledge of Italian not necessary.

ITAL 2P85
Italians in Canada and Italy-Canada Relations
History of Italian immigration in Canada with focus on Ontario. Italian-Canadian literature including such writers as Nino Ricci and Mary Di Michele. Cultural and economic relations between Italy and Canada.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Note: given in English.

ITAL 2P90
Translation and Language Practice
Translation of selected material from magazine articles, essays and various texts. Focus on interference between English and Italian. Introduction to business correspondence.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: ITAL 1F90 or permission of the instructor.

ITAL 2P95
Modern Culture and Civilization
Historical changes and key issues in 19th- and 20th-century Italy focussing on Italian unification, Fascism and modern Italy. Arts and literature representative of the period.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: ITAL 1F90 or permission of the instructor.
Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade in ITAL 2P11.

ITAL 3F93
Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio
Major works of three of Italy's greatest writers. Selections from Dante Alighieri's La Divina Commedia, Francesco Petrarca's Il Canzoniere and Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: ITAL 2F00 or permission of the instructor.
Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade in ITAL 3F96 or 3P93.

ITAL 3M20-3M24
Special Topics in Italian
Special topic in an area not represented by other courses.

ITAL 3P94
The Modern Novel
Representative novels from leading modern and contemporary writers such as Pirandello,Tabucchi, Duranti, Calvino, Sciascia, Banti, Ginsburg.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: ITAL 2F00 or permission of the instructor.

ITAL 3P96
Visual and Poetic Imagery
Patterns of imagery in modern poetic and prose texts as well as in modern Italian art. Tendency toward visual representation in texts, lyricism and narrative in visual art. Poetry, prose; metaphysical painting, futurism, abstract and concrete art.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: ITAL 2F00.

ITAL 3P97
Italian for Teachers
Approaches to the teaching of Italian as a second language. Teaching methods, educational materials and multi-media resources.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: ITAL 2F00 and one ITAL credit numbered 2(alpha)00 or above or permission of the instructor.
Note: offered under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Dante Alighieri Society, Niagara Region. Lectures by guest speakers.

ITAL 3P99
Advanced Grammar and Composition
Principles of syntactical analysis and elements of style; study of figurative language and compositions on literary and non-literary topics.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: ITAL 2F00 or permission of the instructor.

ITAL 4P04
Translation: Applications
Lexical, morphological, syntactic and semantic interrelationships between source text and target text; application of translation methodologies to a variety of texts.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: ITAL 2F00 or permission of the instructor.

ITAL 4P97
Strategies in the Teaching of Language, Literature, and Culture
Recent theories and developments in the teaching of language and culture, including literary texts, music, artistic works and monuments.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Restriction: permission of the instructor.
Prerequisite: 3.0 ITAL credits or teaching experience.
Note: offered under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy, through the Dante Aligheri Society, Niagara Region.