Course Descriptions

For students entering IWU in fall 2021 and beyond, Italian  Studies  is no longer available as a minor.

ITAL 101   Elementary Italian I

An introduction to the Italian language and culture that emphasizes the skills of listening, speaking, and reading, and introduces students to writing.  Primary emphasis is placed on oral communicative skills and on functioning in real-life situations in an Italian cultural context.  Offered each spring.

ITAL 102   Elementary Italian II (Gen Ed Credit in Second Language for BFA/BM students only)

A continuation of language skills developed in 101, with exposure to more complicated grammatical concepts as well as cultural issues.  Primary emphasis is placed on oral communicative skills and on functioning in real-life situations in an Italian cultural context.  Prerequisite:  101 or equivalent.  Offered each fall.

ITAL 201   Intermediate Italian I (Gen Ed Credit in Second Language for BA/BS students)

This course continues the proficiency-oriented approach of the Beginning Italian sequence. It is designed to strengthen basic language skills with an emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: 102 or equivalent. Offered each spring.

ITAL 202   Elementary Italian II (Gen Ed Credit in Encountering Global Diversity)

A course designed to expand reading and writing skills beyond the basic sequence. Italian 202 emphasizes the development of narrative-level discourse, with increased control of complex sentences, hypothesizing, abstract reasoning, and self-correction. Grammar instruction incorporates a close reading of texts. Reading and writing assignments introduce issues central to Italy's historical and contemporary cultural identity. Prerequisite: 201 or equivalent. Offered each fall.

ITAL 375   Advanced Italian

A course designed to practice advanced oral communication strategies, advanced grammatical study, and writing assignments.  Students will experience authentic language through a variety of texts, including expository prose, newspaper articles, and poetry, as well as films and readings on history and society.  Prerequisite:  Italian 202.  Offered each spring.

ITAL 397   Internship

Opportunities for students to apply linguistic and cultural skills in a professional context in a wide variety of professional areas and locations, but primarily international sites during study abroad. Prerequisite: 202 or equivalent and consent of instructor. Offered as needed.

ITAL 399   Independent Study

Directed reading in Italian including a major research project related to the study of Italian language, culture, or literature under the close supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: 202 or equivalent and consent of instructor. Offered as needed.

Courses in Italian Literature and Culture (in English translation)

LC 165   Special Topics in Italian Literature in Translation (Gen Ed Credit in Literature)

A thematic course examining the complex relationship of artist, work of art, and audience over time and across cultures. Students will consider a select group of works in an effort to develop the ability to engage visual “texts” in an analytical and critical manner. Fulfills general education requirements for The Arts category. Offered occasionally.

LC 260   Italian Cinema (Gen Ed Credit in the Arts)

This course is designed to show the development of Italian film while showing the evolution of contemporary Italian culture in relation to cinema. Students will be introduced to different film movements (such as Neorealism and Italian-style comedy) and notable directors (including Fellini and Rossellini) while studying particular themes such as historic representation, narrative adaptation, social problems, sexuality, cultural diversity, and family roles. Course taught in English, with readings and lectures in English; no knowledge of Italian required. Films shown will have English subtitles. Offered in alternate years.

LC 265   Renaissance Italy (Gen Ed Credit in Intellectual Traditions)

From its passion for antiquity to its contrast with the Middle Ages, the Italian Rinascimento represents a turning point in Western history. The goal of this travel course is to introduce students firsthand to the art, architecture, literature, and history of Renaissance Italy. Course taught in English, with readings and lectures in English; no knowledge of Italian required. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Offered occasionally in May Term. 
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LC 360   Italian Cinema

This course will focus on the development and evolution of Italian cinema proceeding chronologically from 1912 to the present. Particular attention will be paid to questions of national identity, gender and political and social history. The class will center on the viewing and discussion of films and will survey a broad spectrum of directors and styles. Lectures, readings, and discussions in English. Knowledge of Italian not required. Offered occasionally.

LC 361   Glorious Past: Italian Civilization from the Risorgimento to the Present

This course presents Italian cultural history from its reunification in the Nineteenth Century through WWII to the present day. Topics include constructions of national identity and regional biases, social thought, literature, and art. All readings, lectures, etc. in English. Offered in alternate years, spring semester.

LC 365   RenaissanceItaly

From its passion for antiquity to its contrast with the Middle Ages, the Italian Rinascimento represents a turning point in Western history. The goal of this travel course is to introduce students firsthand to the art, architecture, literature, and history of Renaissance Italy. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Offered occasionally in May Term.