Course Descriptions Undergraduate

Undergraduate courses: Undergraduate Timetable 2012-13

 

ITA100Y1: Italian Language for Beginners

An introduction to the main elements of the Italian language. The development of speaking, reading, and writing skills. Introduction to linguistic analysis of literary prose excerpts.
Exclusion: Grade 10 Italian/ITA101Y1/ITA102Y1/ITA110Y1/(ITA133H1, ITA134H1)/ITA152Y1 (Not open to students with a knowledge, however passive, of an Italian dialect)
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA101Y1: Elementary Italian Language

Main elements of Italian grammar for students who have some passive knowledge of Italian or an Italian dialect or some secondary school training in Italian (but not at the senior OAC/4U level). Introduction to linguistic analysis of literary prose.
Exclusion: OAC/4U Italian/ ITA100Y1/110Y1/(133H1, 134H1)/ 152Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA102Y1: Practical Italian

A course specifically designed for students who wish to take Italian as a breadth requirement. Emphasis will be given to basic aspects of communication in a functional context. This course cannot be used towards any Minor, Major or Specialist program in Italian.
Exclusion: 4U Italian or any previous university level Italian language course
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA135Y0: Conversation and Culture: An Introduction to Italian

The course is designed to introduce students to Italian grammar and develop basic oral and comprehension skills. Elements of Italian culture, past and present, will also be examined in the context of language and communication. To select the appropriate second-year follow-up course, students are asked to contact the Undergraduate Coordinator. (Offered in Siena only)
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA152Y1: Language Practice

A review of grammar, the writing of short compositions, and oral practice.
Linguistic analysis based on readings of contemporary literary texts.
Prerequisite: Italian OAC/4 U or permission of Department.
Exclusion: ITA100Y1/ITA101Y1/ITA110Y1/(ITA133H1, ITA134H1)
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)


ITA200H1: Major Italian Authors in Translation: from Dante to Tasso

The course will focus on authors from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance who had a defining influence on Western literature, such as Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Ariosto and Tasso. (Given in English)
Exclusion: ITA300H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA210Y1: Contemporary Italy

An analysis of literary, social and artistic movements, whose aim is to better understand the conditions that prevail in modern Italy. This course includes a component designed to introduce students to methods of scholarly research appropriate to the field. (Given in English)
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA220H1: Introduction to Modern Italian Literature: Prose

Reading of selections of Italian prose works, with emphasis on linguistic and stylistic features.  Texts to be read in Italian; both English and Italian will be used as language of instruction, as appropriate. This course includes a component designed to introduce students to methods of scholarly research appropriate to the field.
Prerequisite: ITA100Y1/ITA101Y1/ITA152Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA221H1: Introduction to Modern Italian Literature: Poetry

Reading of selections of Italian poetry, with emphasis on linguistic and stylistic features.  Texts to be read in Italian; both English and Italian will be used as language of instruction, as appropriate. This course includes a component designed to introduce students to methods of scholarly research appropriate to the field.
Prerequisite: ITA100Y1/ITA101Y1/ITA152Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

 

JFI225Y1: Second Language Learning

A theoretical and practical consideration of the ways we learn a second language, with a historical overview and critical evaluation of the various methodologies that have been developed; the role of cultural studies in language learning, practical evaluation and development of syllabus, course and textbook materials. his course is taught in English. Students enrolled in the Major in French language learning, must submit all assignments and tests in French.
Prerequisite:  FSL221Y1 or, upon first FRE/FSL enrolment, equivalent as determined by the French Placement Test/ITA100Y1/101Y1/102Y1/ 110Y1/(133H1, 134H1) (all with a minimum of 73%)/152Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA233H1: Introduction to Italian-Canadian Literature (formerly ITA233Y1)

An examination of the Italian presence in Canadathrough an analysis of literary texts and a consideration of sociological and linguistic phenomena. Particular attention will be paid to Italian-Canadian writers such as Nino Ricci, Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Frank Paci, Mary Di Michele, Caterina Edwards and Gianna Patriarca. (Given in English)
Exclusion: ITA233Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)


ITA235Y0: Conversation and Culture: Intermediate Italian Intensive Oral Practice

The course is designed to enhance students’ oral proficiency in Italian, improve listening and reading comprehension and develop a broad lexical base for more effective communicating skills. Elements of Italian culture are also examined in the context of language and communication through a series of topical readings which form the basis of discussion. (Offered in Siena only)
Prerequisite: ITA100Y1/ITA101Y1/(ITA133H1,ITA134H1)/ITA135Y1/ITA152Y1 or permission of Department
Exclusion:  ITA252Y (and/or higher)
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA240Y1: Italian Cinema

An overview of Italian cinema from its early days to the present, which also offers a survey of Italian 20th century history and culture. The course features films by masters Rossellini, DeSica, Fellini, Antonioni, Bertolucci, Pasolini and works by younger filmmakers, such as Academy Award winners Tornatore, Salvatores and Benigni. This course includes a component designed to introduce students to methods of scholarly research appropriate to the field. The course is given in English and all films shown have English subtitles.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA245Y1: Italian Culture and Civilization

The main elements of Italian civilization from the time of Dante until the present in literature, art, and thought with reference to political history where appropriate. This course includes a component designed to introduce students to methods of scholarly research appropriate to the field. (Given in English)
Exclusion: ITA246H1/ITA247H1/ITA248Y1/(ITA356/ITA357Y1)/(ITA358/ITA359Y1)
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Society and its Institutions (3)

 

ITA249H1: Italians in China: From Marco Polo to Matteo Ricci

The course focuses on two historical encounters of Italian civilization with imperial China: One made possible by the immensely popular book, Il Milione, an account of several years of Asian travels by the Venetian merchant Marco Polo (1245-1324), the other by the writings by Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) and other Jesuits, Catholic Missionaries. his course includes a component designed to introduce students to methods of scholarly research appropriate to the field. (Given in English)
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

ITA250Y1: Intermediate Italian

Grammar review, readings of Italian authors and oral practice to enhance comprehension and expressive skills.
Prerequisite: ITA100Y1/(ITA133H1, ITA134H1)
Exclusion: ITA152Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ (Not open to students with a knowledge of an Italian dialect)
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA251Y1: Intermediate Italian II

A review of Italian grammar, readings of Italian authors and one hour of oral practice.
Prerequisite: ITA101Y1/ITA110Y1/(ITA133H1, ITA134H1) or permission of department
Exclusion: ITA152Y1/ITA250Y1/ITA252Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA252Y1: Written and Oral Expression in Italian

A study of fundamental grammatical structures with special emphasis on vocabulary and syntax. Some attention is paid to stylistics. Linguistic analysis of literary texts. One hour a week is devoted to oral practice.
Prerequisite: ITA152Y1
Exclusion: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA271Y1: Translating 

An introduction to the problems of translation from English into Italian.  Specific treatment of common difficulties and extensive exercises.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA299Y1: Research Opportunity Program

Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

 

ITA300H1: History of Italian Literature: Middle Ages and Renaissance

This course provides a chronological , comprehensive view of Italian literature and its major authors and trends from its beginnings to the Renaissance. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1
Exclusion: ITA200H1,ITA300Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA301H1: History of Italian Literature: Baroque to Contemporary

This course provides a chronological, comprehensive view of Italian literature and its major authors and trends from the Baroque period to the present day. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1
Exclusion: ITA300Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA310H1: The ‘Journey’ in the 19th century Italian Literature

The course illustrates Italy’s contribution to the history of the trope during a time when countries became increasingly interdependent and conscious of each others cultures. Through literary and social analysis the course traces the most vital aspects of the journey motif. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience. (Given in English)
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA311H1: Mediaeval Italian Literature in Translation: Dante

A study of the Vita Nuova and of the Divine Comedy within the literary and cultural context of the Middle Ages. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience. (Given in English)
Exclusion: ITA320Y1/321Y1/ITA320H1/ITA321H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA312H1: Mediaeval Italian Literature in Translation: Petrarch and Boccaccio

A study of Petrarch’s Canzoniere and of Boccaccio’s Decameron considered in relation to the later Middle Ages. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience. (Given in English)
Exclusion: ITA325H/427H
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA320H1: Dante: Vita Nuova and Divina Commedia  (Inferno)

Dante’s poetry and great Christian epic of conversion explode with the passions of this world. This course focuses on intertextual and rhetorical strategies used to fashion his complex vision of contemporary society within the framework of providential history. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1
Exclusion: ITA311H1/ITA320Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA321H1: Dante: Divina Commedia  (Purgatorio  and Paradiso)

A continuation of ITA320H, this course examines the Purgatorio and the Paradiso in the context of Dante’s vision of contemporary society. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA320H1
Exclusion: ITA311H/ITA320Y
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA325H1: Themes and Forms of the Lyric Tradition from Petrarch to Tasso

A comprehensive view of the Italian lyric tradition focusing on the on the distinctive elements of the genre, from the establishment of the canon with Petrarch to its amplification with Tasso. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1
Exclusion: ITA325Y1/ITA312H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA326H1: Themes and Forms of the Lyric Tradition from  Late Renaissance to 20th century

A chronological review of the forms and themes of the lyric tradition from Marino, who revised the genre inherited from the Petrarchists and Tasso, to the numerous variations of the genre culminating in the love poetry of D’Annunzio. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1
Exclusion: ITA325Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA330H1: The Christian Epic:  Manzoni and the 19th century

Italy’s foremost writers’ conscious attempt to write the great representative (“epic”) work of their age: this course explores their struggle to find the appropriate language, style, and genre to express their vision of history within the embrace of providence. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1
Exclusion: ITA330Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA332H1: Love in the Renaissance

An exploration of the theme of love in the Renaissance and its development in a variety of literary forms.  Analysis of treatises, poetry, short stories and letters with the purpose of examining intertextuality and the practice of imitation, as well as the social and political aspects of love, such as marriage, women’s position in society, homosexuality and other issues. This course includes a component designed to enhance students research experience.  (Given in English)
Exclusion: ITA345H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA334H1: Italian Canadian Literature I: Life in the New World

Works by first- and second-generation authors of Italian background. Among the themes explored: Italians as “pioneers”, the Italian perception of Canada, and the immigrant experience, the immigrants’ encounter with a new world, their sense of discovery and the process of cultural adaptation. (Texts available in both Italian and English.) (Given in English).
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA340H1: Italian Neorealist Cinema

An analysis of the neorealist period in Italian cinema, and its relation to the political and social climate of post-war Italy. Screenings include selections from the major exponents of Italian neorealism: Rossellini, DeSica and Visconti, among others. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience. (Given in English)
Exclusion: ITA340Y
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA341H1: Italian Cinema after Neorealism

The evolution of Italian cinematic neorealism and its historical heritage is examined in the early films of Fellini, Antonioni, Pasolini and others. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience. (Given in English).
Prerequisite: ITA340H1 or permission of Department.
Exclusion: ITA340Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA346H1: Monsters and Marvels in Italian Modern Literature

In this course we will consider how in nineteenth- and twentieth- century literature, fantastic and monstrous figures reflect the anxieties of the modern subject over the social, economic and existential transformations wrought by modernity. The course may include works by Tarchetti, Arrigo Boito, Capuana, Marinetti, Rosà, Bontempelli, Pirandello, Savinio, and Landolfi. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1 AND one FCE among 300-level ITA literature courses
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA347H1: Topics in Italian Cinema

This course focuses on issues of genre and authorship in the context of a general discussion of Italian film-making as a national and popular tradition. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience. (Given in English)
Exclusion: ITA342Y1
Recommended Preparation: ITA240Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)


ITA350Y1: Language Practice (formerly ITA343H1, ITA344H1)

For students who have completed ITA250Y1.  Discussion of problems of grammar, style, and composition. Language analysis based on readings of Italian authors. One hour a week of oral practice. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1
Exclusion:ITA252Y1/ITA351Y1/ITA352Y1/ITA343H1/ITA344H1/ITA354H1/ITA355H1/ITA364H1/ITA365H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)


ITA351Y1: Language Practice II (formerly ITA354H1, ITA355H1)

For students who have completed ITA251Y1.  Discussion of problems of grammar, style, and composition.  Language analysis based on readings of Italian authors. One hour a week of oral practice. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA251Y1
Exclusion:ITA252Y1/ITA350Y1/ITA352Y1/ITA343H1/ITA344H1/ITA354H1/ITA355H1/ITA364H1/ITA365H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA356/357YO: Italian Culture from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance

A survey of artists, writers and thinkers from the time of Dante to the days of Leonardo. During field trips, the streets, squares, churches and palazzi of many cities serve as living laboratories for a discussion of the topography of mediaeval and Renaissance cities. (Offered in Siena only)
ITA356Y0: This course is taught in English and is open to students from other disciplines.
ITA357Y0: Students who wish to petition the Department for credit towards a Specialist or Major in Italian will be required to do the readings in Italian
Exclusion: ITA245Y1/ITA246H1/ITA248Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Society and its Institutions (3)

 

ITA358/359YO: Modern Italian Culture

Analysis of a selection of philosophical, artistic, musical, and literary works from the age of the Baroque to the present. The main topics of discussion include: Romanticism, Italian unification, theatre, opera, Futurism, fascism, Neorealism, regional differences, and industrialization. Field trips and viewing of movies included. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience. (Offered in Siena only)
ITA358Y0: This course is taught in English and is open to students from other disciplines.
ITA359Y0: Students who wish to petition the Department for credit towards a Specialist or Major in Italian will be required to do the readings in Italian.
Exclusion: ITA245Y1/ITA247H1/ITA248Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Society and its Institutions (3)

 

ITA360H1: Italian Linguistics

For students having a knowledge of Italian and/or Italian dialects but no background in linguistics. Concepts of general linguistics. Italy as a linguistic entity. The structure of contemporary Italian, with special regard to its sound system and grammatical categories.   (Given in English)
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

 

ITA361H1: Aspects of Italian Descriptive and Applied Linguistics

This course deals primarily with morphological, syntactic and semantic analysis, but also discusses the educational uses of linguistics. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience. (Given in English)
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1 AND ITA360H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

 

ITA363H1: Italian Sociolinguistics

Starting with a survey of the sociolinguistic situation in Italy before Unification, this course deals with the complex relationship between regional languages and dialects on the one hand and Common Italian on the other. The recent rise of regional variants of Italian and its impact on the dialects are also discussed. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

 

ITA370H1: Power and Success in the Renaissance

Concepts of power and strategies for success in Renaissance texts including Machiavelli’s Il principe and Castiglione’s Il libro del cortegiano. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1
Exclusion: ITA370Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

 

ITA371H1: Translating II

A course designed for advanced students. Written translation of a variety of non-technical texts from English into Italian and Italian into English. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Exclusion: ITA371Y
Prerequisite: Permission of Department
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA372H1: Translating III

A course designed for advanced students. Written translation of a variety of non-technical texts from English into Italian and Italian into English. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA371H1 or permission of Department
Exclusion: ITA371Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA381H1: Topics in Modern and Contemporary Literature

Focusing on compelling themes arising from critical and theoretical debates in 20th-century culture, this course analyzes poetic, narrative and dramatic works by major Italian modern and contemporary authors. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA390H1: The Commedia dell’Arte

A study of the conventions of the Commedia dell’Arte tradition in the context of its performance history from the late Renaissance to the present. Issues examined include acting techniques, improvisation, masks and costumes, iconography and adaptation to film. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience. (Given in English)
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA395YO: Special Topics in Italian Studies

The area of concentration will depend upon the instructor teaching the course in any given year. (Offered only during the summer through the Summer Abroad Program.)
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)


ITA398HO: Independent Experiential Study Project

An instructor-supervised group project in an off-campus setting.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None


ITA399YO: Independent Experiential Study Project

An instructor-supervised group project in an off-campus setting.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None


ITA400H1: Machiavelli

An intensive study of Machiavelli’s major works in English translation, including his political treatises (The Prince, excerpts from The Discourses), plays (The Mandrake Root), letters, and short story (Belfagor), in the context of Renaissance Florence, the history of Machiavelli criticism, and modern ethical debates. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience. (Given in English)
Prerequisite: Completion of at least 10.0 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)


ITA401Y1: Italian Theatre: Text and Performance

Study of Italian Dramas (comedy, tragedy, opera) from the 16th to the 20th centuries with focus on staging and acting techniques through the production of a specif play or operatic piece.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/251Y1, 252Y1 or permission of Department

 

ITA405H1: 19th century Italian Poetry

Centred around the poetic production of Leopardi, Pascoli, and D’Annunzio, the course explores the main literary, artistic and socio-political issues that characterize Italy’s cultural contribution within the context of the romantic movements in Europe. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1 and at least 0.5 FCE ITA literature courses at the 300-level
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA409H1: Masterpieces of Medieval and Renaissance Drama

This course examines the impact of the theatrical works of Feo Belcari, Lorenzo de’ Medici, Machiavelli, Ariosto and others in the development of theatre in 15th and 16th century Italy. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1 and at least 0.5 FCE ITA literature courses at the 300-level
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA410H1: Masterpieces of Modern Drama

An analysis of the most representative works of 20th-century Italian dramatists, from Pirandello to Fabbri to Fo. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1 and at least 0.5 FCE ITA literature courses at the 300-level
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA420H1: Spinning a Tale: The Italian Short Story from Boccaccio to Basile

The short story genre and its development from the Middle Ages to the Baroque. In addition to Boccaccio’s tales, included are some of the most famous stories of Western literature, which later inspired masterpieces in all art forms, such as Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and  Puss in Boots. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1 and at least 0.5 FCE ITA literature courses at the 300-level
Exclusion: ITA421Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA421H1: Spinning a Tale : The Italian Short Story after 1800

The short story genre and its development from 1800 to the present.  Authors to include Pratesi, Verga, Negri, Landolfi. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1 and at least 0.5 FCE ITA literature courses at the 300-level
Exclusion: ITA421Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)


 
ITA431H1: History of the Italian Language I (from Middle Ages to Cinquecento)

This course consists of a historical overview of Italian Language, from the first Medieval documents to the texts of the Questione della lingua. The first part of this course also deals with both the historical grammar (the linguistic transition from Latin to Italo-Romance) and the analysis of early Italian texts. The course will also include an introduction to the techniques pertaining to notions of linguistics’ statistics. Empirical quantitative methods will be based on the three most important databases for Old Italian: TLIO (Tesoro della Lingua Italiana delle Origini), OVI (Opera del Vocabolario Italiano) and BIZ (Biblioteca Italiana Zanichelli).
Prerequisite: ITA 250Y/251Y/252Y

 

ITA432H1 History of the Italian Language II (from Cinquecento to the Contemporary Age)

A continuation of ITA 431H, this course examines the evolution of the Italian Language from the debates of the Questione della lingua to issue pertaining to the Contemporary Age, via not only a close reading of the literary and not literary documents but also through analyses of the social, political and economical situations which influenced the formation of the Early modern, Modern, and Contemporary Italian. This course will also include an introduction to the techniques pertaining to notions of linguistics’ statistics. Empirical quantitative methods will be based on the three most important databases for the Early modern, Modern, and Contemporary Italian: Vocabolario della Crusca (online), BaDIP (Banca Dati dell’Italiano Parlato) and BIZ (Biblioteca Italiana Zanichelli).
Prerequisite: ITA 250Y/251Y/252Y (priority will be given to the students of ITA431H)

 

ITA436H1: Man and Society from the Renaissance to the  Enlightenment

A study of the different concepts of man and his place in society, as exemplified in Italian literature from the late 15th to the 18th century. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/251Y1/252Y1 and at least 0.5 FCE ITA literature courses at the 300-level
Exclusion: ITA436Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA441H1: Italian Novel into Film: Aspects of Cinematic Adaption 

An analysis of the process of adaptation in an exploration of the ideological and narratological perspectives as well as the stylistic elements of literary and cinematic discourse. Selections include novels by Verga, Tomasi di Lampedusa, Moravia, Bassani and their filmic adaptations by directors such as Visconti, De Sica, Bertolucci. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience. (Given in English)
Recommended Preparation: One of: ITA240Y1/340Y1/ ITA340H1/ ITA341H1/ ITA347H1/ ITA381Y1.  Knowledge of Italian recommended
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA451H1: Advanced Composition and Stylistics

A study of the more complex areas of Italian syntax, stylistics and semantics.  Discussion of problems and difficulties relating to syntax, vocabulary and style as they arise from individual compositions or essays. Reading and linguistic analysis of selected Italian literary texts.
Prerequisite:ITA350Y1(formerly ITA343H1, ITA344H1)/ITA351Y1 (formerly ITA354H1, ITA355H1)/ITA352Y1/ITA364H1,ITA365H1)
Exclusion: ITA450Y/ITA451Y/ITA452Y
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA452H1: Advanced Composition and Stylistics II

A continuation of the study of the more complex aspects of Italian syntax, stylistics and semantics. Discussion of problems and difficulties relating to syntax, vocabulary and style as they arise from individual compositions or essays. Reading and linguistic analysis of selected Italian literary texts. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA451H1
Exclusion: ITA450Y/ITA451Y/ITA452Y
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA455H1: Women Writers in Italy

Cultural movements and feminist issues as reflected in the writings of various periods. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1 and at least 0.5 FCE ITA literature courses at the 300-level
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA460Y1: Internship in Italian

Students enrolled in an Italian Studies Program will have the opportunity to apply their acquired knowledge in the program of studies in a work placement environment. The work placement will take place in local community organizations, corporations, private business organizations, and local media. Applicants will be asked to include a letter of interest. Deadline for applications March 1st, with letter of interest.
Prerequisite: student must be enrolled in 4th year and completed a 300 series language course or ITA 371Y1; GPA requirement; interview by the Department. Final decision will be based on academic qualifications and interview.

 

ITA470H1: Galileo and the Scientific Revolution in Renaissance Italy

Focusing on Galileo Galilei, this course examines the development of the language of science in Renaissance Italy using a variety of tools such as literary and scientific texts, overheads, multimedia programs, and the Internet. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1 and at least 0.5 FCE ITA literature courses at the 300-level
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA471H1: Translating  IV

Written translation of literary, administrative, business, and semi-technical texts from English into Italian and Italian into English. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Exclusion: ITA471Y
Prerequisite: Permission of Department
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA472H1: Translating  V

Written translation of literary, administrative, business, and semi-technical texts from English into Italian and Italian into English. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA471H1 or permission of Department
Exclusion: ITA471Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA489H: Independent Studies

An opportunity to pursue at the 400-level an independent course of study not otherwise available. A written proposal, co-signed by the instructor, must be submitted on the appropriate proposal form for approval by the Department of Italian Studies.
Application deadline: April 30 for F courses, November 30 for S courses.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

 

ITA490Y: Independent Studies

In exceptional circumstances, students may request to pursue at the 400-level an independent course of study not otherwise available. A written proposal, co-signed by the instructor, must be submitted on the appropriate proposal form for approval by the Department of Italian Studies. Application deadline: April 30.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

 

ITA491H1: Topics in Contemporary Fiction

This course traces the debate on the relationship between writing and reality in contemporary fiction from the early 20th century to neo-realism and post-modernism. Texts studied are by such prominent writers as Pirandello, Svevo, Gadda, Vittorini, Calvino, Morante, and Eco. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1 and at least 0.5 FCE ITA literature courses at the 300-level
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA493H1: Italian-Canadian Literature II: Identity and Voice

Critical investigation of works by Italian-Canadian authors, focusing on themes linked to the second-generation experience, such as intergenerational conflict, gender relations, the return journey, and the quest for identity. Special attention will be given to the most recent production, new narratives and artistic forms. (Texts available in Italian and English.)
Recommended Preparation: One of ITA233Y1/ITA334H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA494H1: The Renaissance Artist as Writer

An analysis of writings (in English translation) by artists from Alberti and Leonardo da Vinci to Michelangelo, Vasari and Cellini in relation to Renaissance thought, the theory of art, and the status of the artist. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.  (Given in English)
Exclusion: ITA494Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

ITA495H1: Directed Research

Based on a professor’s research project currently in progress, this course will enable an undergraduate student to play a useful role in the project while receiving concrete training in research.  This course is mandatory for all students enrolled in the specialist’s program.
Prerequisite:  Permission of Department
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

 

ITA 496H1: Research Methods

This course, linked to the instructor’s research project, will provide training in a variety of research methods.
Prerequisite:  Permission of Department
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None