Fall '99 Course Guide

Courses in Italian (Division 399)

Fall Term, 1999 (September 8 December 22, 1999)

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Elementary Language Courses

Students who intend to continue a language begun in high school must take the Placement Test to determine the language course in which they should enroll. Italian 102 is NOT open to students who have begun instruction in high school. It is strongly recommended that students who began Italian at another college or university also take the placement test. Beginners desiring to acquire proficiency at a faster pace are encouraged to enroll in Italian 103, followed by 233. Students who choose this option can satisfy the language requirement only if they then complete a more advanced course in Italian (235 or higher) with a grade of B or higher. Students must check with the Course Coordinator for any exceptions to the Placement Test level.


Italian 101. Elementary Italian.

Elementary Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Italian 101. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is task- and content-based and incorporates grammar in a functional use of language through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Vocabulary and structures are practiced in class through communicative activities. Cultural awareness and listening skills are further developed through audio-visual materials. Evaluation criteria include: regular attendance, oral participation, in-class work, homework assignments, quizzes, a midterm, and a final examination.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1, Section 099. See Romance Language Override Statement for Important Information.

Italian 102. Elementary Italian.

Elementary Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Italian 101. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103. Italian 102 is NOT open to students who have begun instruction at the high school level. Open only to students who have completed 101 at the University of Michigan. College or university transfer students who have received credit for one term are encouraged to enroll in Italian 103. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course continues the presentation of essential of the Italian language and attempts to broaden the student's knowledge of Italian life and culture. It is task- and content-based and incorporates grammar in a functional use of language through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Language use is encouraged through variety of communicative activities. Instructional methods include authentic readings in Italian (short articles from newspapers and magazines) and audio-visual materials. Grading is based on regular attendance, oral participation, in class-work, homework assignments, quizzes, a midterm, and a final examination.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1, Section 099. See Romance Language Override Statement for Important Information.

Italian 103. Accelerated Italian.

Elementary Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Assignment by placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 102. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Italian 103 is an accelerated course for those students who wish to develop their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills at a rapid pace, while being introduced to various aspects of Italian culture. The material covered in this one term course is equivalent to that taught in two terms of elementary Italian 101 and 102. Evaluation criteria include: regular attendance, oral participation, in-class work, homework assignments, quizzes, a midterm, and a final examination.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1, Section 099. See Romance Language Override Statement for Important Information.

Italian 150. First Year Seminar in Italian Studies.

Courses Taught in English Translation (without language prerequisites)

Section 001 Society and Its Discontents

Instructor(s): Alison Cornish (acorn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

First-Year Seminar, Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Italy is notoriously a place where family can take precedence over community, private interests commonly circumvent public institutions, and mafia can replace the state. The roots of this reputation can be sought in a historically decentralized agrarian society, where city governments, foreign lords, local bandits, and the Catholic Church have competed for dominance. Italy is also a place where civic ideals and theories of justice, equity, and power have long been the subject of literature, both prescriptive and descriptive. Modern texts and films will be studied alongside medieval and early modern works, both fiction and nonfiction, to trace not only a historical dialogue on fundamental societal issues, but also the relevance of old ideas on modern realities. The course serves as an introduction to literature, as well as an introduction to Italy, and among its goals are the ability to read efficiently and critically and to articulate concepts to others both orally and in written form. Authors (all in English translation): Sciascia, Dante, Lampedusa, Machiavelli, Levi, Deledda, Campanella, Alberti. Movies: Godfather II, Kaos, Lamerica, Swept Away. Requirements: Journal of readings, class participation, debate, two essays, three quizzes, final exam.

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Italian 205. Italian Conversation for Non-concentrators.

Elementary Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Italian 102. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Italian 205 emphasizes fluency and self-expression in conversational Italian. This course is designed for students who have had at least two (2) terms of Italian and are interested in acquiring a certain facility with the spoken language. Class work consists of reading materials from various sources (magazines, newspapers, short stories, etc.) which are discussed in class. Use of the language laboratory provides additional conversational material on various aspects of Italian life. Classes meet twice a week. There are no examinations, and the grading in on a credit basis only. Success in the course is determined on the basis of attendance, homework, and participation in the classroom activities.

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Italian 231. Second-Year Italian.

Elementary Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Italian 102, or permission of course supervisor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 112 or 230. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course reviews grammar, gives student an insight into standard modern Italian through the reading of articles, short stories, and literary excerpts, and increases student facility in speaking and writing Italian. Content based themes further develop student's cultural awareness and encourage him/her to formulate opinions on issues of interest. Communicative skills are emphasized through class discussions and oral reports based readings or current events. Compositions are required. Audio-visual materials are incorporated. Grading is based on regular attendance, class participation, oral reports, compositions, homework assignments, quizzes, a midterm, and a final examination.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1, Section 099. See Romance Language Override Statement for Important Information.

Italian 232. Second-Year Italian, Continued.

Elementary Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Italian 231 or permission of course supervisor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 112 or 230. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course aims at a further development of each student's speaking, reading, and writing knowledge of Italian, including increased facility in both conversation and oral comprehension. There is a continuing review of grammar within the functional use of language. Various genres of literature and journalistic prose are read and discussed, and occasional short papers are required on these or other related topics. Oral presentations on contemporary issues are also required. Grading is based on regular attendance, class participation, oral presentations, short papers, home assignments, quizzes, a midterm, and a final examination.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1, Section 099. See Romance Language Override Statement for Important Information.

Italian 233. Accelerated Second Year Italian.

Elementary Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Romana Habekovic (romanah@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Italian 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Italian 112 or 232. (4). (Excl). This course does not satisfy the language requirement.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Equivalent of Italian 231 and 232 taught at an accelerated pace. This course is designed to further develop the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of students and deepen their understanding of Italian culture. The content of the course includes review of essential principles of grammar and advanced training in. Evaluation criteria are based on: regular attendance, oral class participation, home assignments, quizzes, a midterm, and a final examination.

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Italian 235(362). Intermediate Italian.

Other Language and Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Romana Habekovic (romanah@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Italian 232. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Italian 235 is a content-based course which uses culture as a stimulant for oral and written communication. The main objective of the course is to develop student's ability to support opinions, oral and in writing, in a coherent manner. The theme of this course is Italian cuisine and its influence on the cultural landscape of Italy. The role of food in Italian society is studied through selected readings from literary works, newspapers, and magazines, as well as through viewing of videos and films. Class format includes discussions, oral presentations (3) and medium-length papers (4). Active class participation and regular attendance are included in the final grade. This course is conducted in Italian.

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Italian 310. Italian Cities.

Courses Taught in English Translation (without language prerequisites)

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Vincenzo Binetti (vbinetti@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will analyze representations of chosen Italian cities in modern Italian literature, culture, and films. The course will have an interdisciplinary aspect, as it will include the study of history, art, politics and philosophy, as well as literature.

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Italian 340(360). Contemporary Italian Culture.

Other Language and Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Vincenzo Binetti (vbinetti@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Italian 232. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Readings, screenings, and topical studies relating to contemporary Italian literature and culture in a wide variety of contexts. Possible themes include national identity, political life, mass media, women's roles, and modern vs. postmodern.

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Italian 359. Italian Culture and History.

Other Language and Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Taught in English. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Topical studies, themes, and problems in Italian literature and culture. The course is conducted in English.

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Italian 374. Topics in Italian Literature.

Other Language and Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Italian 232. (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Topical studies, themes, and literary problems in Italian literature. The course is conducted in Italian.

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Italian 399(485). Directed Reading.

Other Language and Literature Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: May be elected only with permission of concentration advisor in Italian. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Open only exceptionally to concentrators and graduate students in Italian whose program requires training in areas not covered in regular departmental offerings.

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Italian 475. Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio.

Other Language and Literature Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Alison Cornish (acorn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Italian 232. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2-3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is a course, intended for concentrators but open to anyone with sufficient linguistic preparation, devoted to reading the so-called "Three Crowns" of Italian Literature in the original. The poetry of Dante and Petrarca will be studied attentively in order to build familiarity with vocabulary and syntax, and to serve as preparation for Boccaccio's prose. Texts of Dante's Vita Nuova and Commedia, Petrarca's Canzoniere, and Boccaccio's Decameron will be supplemented by readings in Italian history and masterpieces of literary criticism. Requirements: Class participation, written and oral exercises, three exams.

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