Winter '00 Course Guide

Courses in Italian (Division 399)

Winter Term, 2000 (January 5 April 26, 2000)

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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. Students must check with the Course Coordinator for any exceptions to the Placement Test level.


Italian 101. Elementary Italian.

Elementary Language Courses

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

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.

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: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Italian 206. Conversation for Non-concentrators.

Elementary Language Courses

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Italian 102. Italian 206 may be elected prior to Italian 205. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Italian 206 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 will be discussed in class. Use of the language laboratory will provide additional conversational material on various aspects of Italian life. Classes will 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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

Italian 231. Second-Year Italian.

Elementary Language Courses

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

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

Instructor(s): Romana Habecovic (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.

Italian 233 can be taken after 102 or 103 or with permission of the course supervisor. It is an accelerated course covering the material equivalent to that taught in two terms of Italian 231 and 232, preparing students for 235 or any of the 300 -level courses taught in Italian.

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Italian 300. Advanced Composition and Conversation.

Other Language and Literature Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Italian 232 and 235. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course students will be presented with a variety of authentic written (literary and journalistic), visual and audio materials designed to stimulate discussion, both oral and written. In addition to group discussion, debates, and oral presentation, students will practice writing in various formats such as letters, book or film reviews, essays, etc. The goal of this course is to develop the skills necessary for speaking and writing correct, fluent Italian. The course is conducted in Italian.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

Italian 359. Italian Culture and History.

Other Language and Literature Courses

Section 001 Giacomo Leopardi: poeta del nulla

Instructor(s): Marco Baschera

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In the romantic period the poet feels like a stranger in this world. He experiences innerstrife, which he integrates into his works. Leopardi is one of the important exponents of this genre. His poems "Canti" and his dialogues "Operette morali" constantly revolve around the experience of the indefinite and nothingness. On the bases of these two books we will try to approach the linguistic expression of this experience. This class is taught in Italian.

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Italian 374. Topics in Italian Literature.

Other Language and Literature Courses

Section 001 Luigi Pirandello and His Dramatic Work

Instructor(s): Marco Baschera

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will be an introduction to the dramatic work of Luigi Pirandello, one of the most important dramatists of the 20th century. We will examine the essential characteristics by reading several of his works. Particular attention will be given to the works which, on a meta-level, reflect upon the form of theater itself. This course is taught in English.

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Italian 399(485). Directed Reading.

Other Language and Literature Courses

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 433/MARC 439. Dante's Divine Comedy.

Courses Taught in English Translation (without language prerequisites)

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Italian is not required. (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This spring marks the 700th anniversary of Dante's journey. Open to concentrators and non-concentrators alike, this course is devoted to a reading of one of the monuments of Western literature, Dante's Divine Comedy. An exile from his native Florence, Dante levies an intense critique of his own late medieval Italian society as well as a profound meditation on European culture, broadly conceived, in its merits and its failings. This narration of a journey through the many layers of the afterlife is both a personal testimony and a public reckoning. From the clash between a recently rediscovered pagan inheritance and the imperatives of a modern world view, Dante salvages what he can, in terms of science, ethics, poetry, and political thought, from the wreckage of past civilizations as well as from the crisis of his own.

The poem will be read in all its three parts, Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, in facing-page translation in order to benefit those who know some Italian as well as those who do not. Attention will paid therefore to the language of Dante's poetry, a revolution in its own right, and to his manipulation of numerous sources of inspiration Virgil, Ovid, Statius, Lucan, the Bible, Augustine and other Church fathers, medieval romantic and lyric literature, scientific and theological treatises, and examples from ancient history and contemporary society.

The format of the course will consist of lecture and discussion, and evaluation will be on the basis of class participation, three exams, and an essay.

NO PREREQUISITES

Junior/Senior Writing Requirement

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Italian 464. Modern Italian Poetry.

Other Language and Literature Courses

Section 001 Modern Italian Poetry

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

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course we will read modern Italian poets within the context of Italian lyric tradition and that of twentieth-century history. Readings of poetry will be supplemented by secondary critical and historical works, as well as some much older poetry for purposes of comparison and contrast. The goals of the course are linguistic as well as literary, providing practice and polish in the language, as well as a familiarity with and appreciation of modern poetry.

The course is designed for concentrators, but welcomes anyone with two years or the equivalent of training in the language. The format of the course will consist of three weekly meetings, discussion, occasional quizzes, weekly writing exercises and three exams.

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Italian 491. Senior Honors Thesis.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open only to seniors by permission of the departmental Honors Committee. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In order to complete the Honors Concentration in Italian, students must enroll in this course with the approval of an instructor with whom they wish to write their Honors thesis and of the undergraduate adviser in Italian. It will be conducted along the lines of an independent study, with the aim of producing a 30-page thesis in Italian by the end of the term and preparing the student to defend this thesis in an oral examination before graduation. It is expected that the thesis topic will emerge from previous course work in the field of Italian. The instructor will work closely with the student in the narrowing of the topic, research methods, bibliography, composition and oral skills in Italian.Seniors concentrating in Italian1-2 hours per week. Discussion of reading and progress in student's writing. By arrangement. Regular meetings with an instructor. A 30-page thesis, with bibliography in Italian.

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