Fall 2022 Italian Courses
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ITA 001: Elementary Italian
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Discussion 5 hour(s), Laboratory 1 hour(s). Pre-requisite(s): None. Students who have studied Italian before and are enrolling for the first time at UC Davis, are encouraged to take the Italian Placement Exam. GE credit: AH, WC
In this course, we aim to create a sound basis for communicating effectively and accurately in Italian while acquiring not only cultural knowledge about Italy but also the intercultural competence to negotiate between our identities and backgrounds and Italy’s cultures. How do you introduce and describe yourself in Italian? What does student life look like in Italy? What is il calcio? As the first course of a year-long sequence that includes Italian 002 and Italian 003, Italian 001 delivers the answers to these and many other questions, and provides unique opportunities to discover together the geography, history, art, society, and cultural norms of Italy while studying the structure of Italian language. More broadly, this course helps students to acquire important skills that are vital in any professional setting, such as interpersonal skills, creative expression, and cultural sensitivity. Italian 001 meets five days a week and students are expected to individually study grammar and complete the homework before each meeting. In class, we gradually absorb the language and recognize the interconnectedness between reading, writing, listening, speaking, and cultural learning. Students can expect the instructor to employ a variety of approaches, including communicative activities, in-pair and group work, grammar reviews, reading sessions, etc., to foster learning. All class meetings are conducted in Italian and in person. Although no prior knowledge of Italian or Italy is required, student attendance, participation, and input are essential and encouraged.
ITA 021: Intermediate Italian / CRN 37708
Dr. Viola Ardeni
Lecture/Discussion 4 hour(s), Laboratory. Pre-requisite(s): ITA 003 or ITA 003S or ITA 032 or ITA 032S. Students who have studied Italian before and are enrolling for the first time at UC Davis, are encouraged to take the Italian Placement Exam. GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE
In this course, we aim to expand upon the linguistic and cultural foundations that you have built in your past learning of Italian through grammar exercises, short essays, novel excerpts, short films, and personal reporting. In Italian 021, we also search together for the answers to questions like what brings one to the study of Italian? How do cities in Italy handle antiquity and modernity? What is l’inno di Mameli? We do so by simulating the real-life conversations and debates happening in Italy and among Italians right now. As the opening course of the Intermediate Italian sequence, which then continues with Italian 022 and 023, Italian 021 empowers students to hone your conversational and written Italian, and to develop sophisticated cultural knowledge that puts into dialogue Italian cultures with other cultures. More broadly, this course cultivates skills that are crucial to any future career, such as critical analysis, effective writing, and cultural sensitivity. Italian 021 meets four days a week and students are expected to individually review grammar and complete the homework before each class meeting. In class, we put into practice the rules, address the exemptions, and share ideas. Students can expect the instructor to employ a variety of approaches, including communicative activities, in-pair and group work, grammar reviews, reading and writing sessions, etc., to foster learning. All class meetings are conducted in person and in Italian, and student participation and input are essential as well as encouraged.
ITA 104: Italian Translation & Style
ITA 128: Topics in ITA Culture - "Italian Fascism"
Taught in English, no language prerequisites
The case of Italian Fascism poses a series of problems that haunt us still today, as we wonder at how a democratic society can turn toward authoritarian control and the cult of the strongman leader. One hundred years ago, in 1922, Benito Mussolini came to power, ushering in twenty years of Fascist party rule in Italy – the ventennio. This course will examine the history, politics, and culture of that moment: how did Fascism arise, gain traction, develop, and end? What was the role of World War I and of Italian history in fomenting this new movement? In what ways was society transformed by its power? How did artists, writers, and other cultural figures respond, and what role did state censorship and control play in the transformation of public discourse? And what are the lingering legacies of Italian Fascism, not only in Italy but abroad? Can its history teach us anything for our own moment?