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  • Objectives
    The Department aims to provide students with a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of spoken and written Italian, its literature and culture. In addition to the courses taught in the language, the Italian Program provides courses in Cinema, Culture, Art and Architecture taught in English. As well, 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.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Arts - Italian
  • Course description
    Year 1
    -     ITAL 1F90
    -     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
    -     two elective credits

    Year 3
    -     Three ITAL or MLLC credits numbered 2(alpha)90 and above
    -     two elective credits

    ITAL 1F00

    Introductory Italian

    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.

    Note: Students who have taken a previous Italian course in high school or have some knowledge of Italian will not be permitted to take this course.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in ITAL 1F01.

    ITAL 1F01

    Basic Italian Language


    Elementary-level Italian language course for students with some background in Italian. Acquisition of reading and oral skills, basic grammar; composition and conversation.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Note: for students who have one grade 10 Italian credit or have some knowledge of Italian. Students with two or more years of high school Italian (or equivalent) must take ITAL 1F90.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in ITAL 1F00.

    ITAL 1F90

    Intermediate Italian


    Review of basic grammar; composition and oral practice. Discussions based on cultural topics, cities and the art of Italy.

    Lectures, tutorial, 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.

    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 Medieval 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.

    Restriction: permission of the Department.

    Prerequisites: two ITAL or VISA credits.

    Note: offered in Italy. Given in English. Open to students whose interests include either art history or studio. Additionally, Italian majors will receive language instruction and will complete assignments in Italian. Students 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 artist's cultural status.

    Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: ITAL 1F90, VISA 1Q98 and 1Q99 (1F98) or permission of the instructor.

    Note: given in English.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in ITAL 2P10.

    ITAL 2P80

    Italian Cinema


    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. No knowledge of Italian required.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in FILM 2P80.
    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in FILM 2P80.

    ITAL 2P85

    Italians in Canada and Italy-Canada Relations

    History of Italian immigration in Canada, focusing 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 focusing on interference between English and Italian. Introduction to business correspondence.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: ITAL 1F90 or permission of the instructor.

    ITAL 2P94

    Linguistic and Cultural Regionalism in Italy

    Cultural, socio-political and economic issues and conditions that characterize the regions of Italy. Emphasis on regional linguistic variants and dialects, and the establishment of a linguistic standard.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Co-requisite: ITAL 2F00 or permission of the instructor.

    ITAL 2P95

    Modern Culture and Civilization

    Historical changes and key issues in 19th- and 20th-century Italy focusing on Italian unification, Fascism and modern Italy. Arts and literature representative of the period.

    Lectures, seminar, 4 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: ITAL 1F90 or permission of the instructor.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained 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.

    ITAL 3M20-3M24

    Special Topics in Italian

    Special topic in an area not represented by other courses.

    ITAL 3P90

    Literature of the 19th and 20th Centuries

    Literary and cultural movements of the mid-19th and early 20th centuries; socio-cultural issues in pre- and post-Unification Italy. Authors may include Manzoni, Foscolo, Leopardi, Verga and Pirandello.

    Lectures, 3 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: ITAL 2F00 or permission of the instructor.

    ITAL 3P94

    The Modern Novel

    Representative novels from leading modern and contemporary writers, such as Pirandello,Tabucchi, Duranti, Calvino, Sciascia, Banti, Ginsburg.

    Lectures, seminar, 4 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: ITAL 2F00 or permission of the instructor.

    ITAL 3P96

    Visuality in the Italian Lyric


    Selected Italian poetry from the 15th to the 20th century, emphasizing the construction of visual images. Intersections of poetic texts with artworks from Renaissance and Baroque art to metaphysical painting and futurism.

    Lectures, seminar, 4 hours per week.

    Prerequisite: ITAL 2F00 or permission of the instructor.

    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 Alighieri Society, Niagara Region.

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