First Month: TUSCANIA
- 3-Credit Italian Language (ITL 101/102/201/202/301/302 T)
Dept. of Italian Language; Cr: 3; Contact hrs: 45
Monday to Thursday, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
NOTE: Placement test will be taken upon arrival
- Italian Regional Food in a Cultural Perspective (NUH 160 T)
Dept. of Nutrition, Culinary Arts and Culture; Cr: 3; Contact hrs: 45
Monday to Thursday, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Second Month: ROME
- Ancient Roots of Italy (HIS 274 R)
Dept. of History; Cr: 3; Contact hrs: 45
Monday to Thursday, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
- Intercultural Communication (ANT/COM 306 R)
Depts. of Anthropology, and Communication; Cr: 3; Contact hrs: 45
Monday to Thursday, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Prerequisite: Junior standing or concurrent enrolment in the Three Cities Program
Third Month: FLORENCE
FALL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
ITL 101 – 3-Credit Italian Language Elementary 1
This level is for absolute beginner students who have never studied Italian before: it is the first of six levels and its aim is to give the basis of the language, allowing students to deal with the most common everyday understanding, speaking, reading and writing – are gradually developed. In this level, listening and speaking skills are stressed. These language patterns will be taught within a cultural context that will help students to become familiar with some of the most significant elements of Italian cultural life. Grammar: definite and indefinite article, noun-adjective agreement. Regular present tense, to have, to be, there is-there are, main irregular verbs, prepositions and verbs of movement, present perfect, most common irregular past participles. Possessives. The verb piacere. Present progressive form. Some thematic areas covered: Introducing oneself. In a café. Shopping for food. In a restaurant. Daily life and spare time. At the railway station. Expressing the time. Describing someone. The family. Finding the way. Talking about one’s past. Talking about vacations.
NUH 160 T – Italian Regional Food in a Cultural Perspective
Although characterized by unique and distinctive features, Italian cuisine is still perceived as the result of many different regional culinary traditions that, although merged and diluted over the centuries, still maintain their particular flavors and distinct ingredients. The course focuses on the different aspects of regional food in Italy, from ingredients to recipe preparation and cooking techniques, with particular attention to the following factors: historical origins and developments; climate and environmental conditions; social issues; food production; nutrition; and safety and health. Emphasis will be placed on how food relates to the local lifestyle and culture. Regional economy and local resources will be analyzed and compared. Students will be introduced to the various local products through lectures and class demonstrations.
COM/ANT 290 R – Intercultural Communication
The course, which introduces students to the basic patterns of cross-cultural psychology and communication, proposes an analysis of communication behavior in interpersonal and intercultural, individual and group environments. Along with a study of the influence of culture on identity, viewpoints, and communication, it progressively proposes all the theoretical concepts that are necessary to analyze communication in an interpersonal and intercultural context. Topics include: common communication difficulties, communication roles and proxemics. Special emphasis is placed on rituals, message patterns, clothing, myths, ideologies, and on the influence of the mass media on our cross-cultural representation of reality. Prereq.: Junior standing or concurrent enrolment in the Three Cities Program
HIS 274 R – Ancient Roots of Italy
Today’s Italy with its political and economic challenges, its uneasy relationship to the Catholic Church, and its role as a country of renewed cultural pluralism thanks to immigration and tourism, all, arguably, have their roots in Ancient Rome. This course explores significant aspects of the ancient Roman civilization. It examines the cohesiveness and identity of the culture and society and studies selected elements of its unique legacy impacting modern culture and the state that we know as Italy. Topics addressed include the transformation of ancient Rome from republican oligarchy to monarchy and empire, its cultural pluralism, the advent of Christianity, the Renaissance humanist image of ancient Rome as well as its place in the Italian political ideologies of the 1850s onwards. Course materials include selected writings of ancient Roman authors in translation and works by modern historians. The course further utilizes sources on Roman archaeology, topography, art, and architecture, with site visits.
BUS/SOC 283 F – Made in Italy: A Culture of Excellence
This course examines the “Made in Italy” phenomenon, emblematic of superlative quality. Home to the most iconic labels, brands, and craftsmanship, Italy is known for both its historical legacy and its present-day excellence in many fields. The course addresses the industries and fields of food and cuisine, fashion, and other areas of design, including industrial and architectural. Italian-made goods and services are an integral part of Italian society, history, and culture. Since a flow of expertise across time and disciplines seems to distinguish “Made in Italy,” students will connect the latter to patterns of continuity and change in Italian society and examine how the “Made in Italy” phenomenon has impacted the country’s social fabric, character, and even mode of living ever since the Industrial Revolution, but, especially, since the post-war era, and how presently globalization is transforming the concept and its social reality. An additional concentration is on the business aspect of the label, in particular, on marketing, branding, and consumer behavior seen from both an Italian and international perspective. In careful consideration of recent developments, the focus may vary from semester to semester. Guest lectures and site visits will form part of this course.
ITL 102 – 3-Credit Italian Language Elementary 2
This is the second of six levels. This course is for those students who have completed one semester (or equivalent) of Italian and who already have a basic vocabulary of Italian and basic knowledge of elementary structures of the language. By the end of the semester students should be able to complete simple and routine tasks requiring an exchange of information on familiar and routine matters, to describe their background, immediate environment and matters related to areas relevant to everyday life. All of the four main language abilities -understanding, speaking, reading and writing- are gradually developed. In this level, listening and speaking skills are stressed. These language patterns will be taught within a cultural context that will help students to become familiar with some of the most significant elements of Italian cultural life. Grammar: in-depth review of Elementary 1 level contents: definite and indefinite article; present tense; present perfect. Simple and compound prepositions. Reflexive verbs. Future. Imperfect: forms and usage. Direct pronouns. Indirect pronouns. Introduction to Present Conditional. Interrogative pronouns. Some thematic areas covered: Shopping in Italy. Daily routine. Habits in the past. Italian festivities. Talking about future plans. Italian food. In a hotel. At the station. Asking for information. Literature: reading of appropriate literary passages.
ITL 201 – 3-Credit Italian Language Intermediate 1
This course is the third of six levels. It is directed towards the acquisition of more complex structures to express personal opinions and preferences. By the end of the course students should be able to enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (i.e. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events); to narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or a movie; to write correct texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Grammar: Review and strengthening of previous level contents (present, past and future tenses). Past perfect. “Ne” and “ci”. Prepositions. Combined pronouns. Indefinite adjectives and pronouns. Present and past conditional. Linking words. Review of impersonal forms. Interrogative pronouns. Subjunctive: present and past. Some thematic areas covered: Italian geography. Italian food and cuisine. Holidays. Driving in Italy. Dwellings. Means of transport. At the doctor’s. At a restaurant. At a restaurant. Reading: De Giuli, Naddeo Modelle, pistole e mozzarelle, Italiano facile, Alma.
ITL 202 – 3-Credit Italian Language Intermediate 2
This course is the fourth of six levels. It is directed towards the acquisition of more complex structures to express personal opinions and preferences. The course introduces students to contemporary Italian society by exploiting different sources including literature, newspapers, films, TV broadcasting, pictures. By the end of the course students should be able to show a high degree of understanding of complex written and spoken texts and respond appropriately to them, both orally and in writing. Grammar: Review and expansion of contents of previous levels. Forms and use of the subjunctive mood. Formal and informal imperative. Imperative with pronouns. Passato Remoto. Infinitive and gerund. Degrees of comparison. Passive voice. Relative pronouns. Conditional clauses. Reported speech. Some thematic areas covered: Famous Italians of the past. Issues of contemporary history and culture. Sports in Italy. Immigration. Italian fashion. Local handicrafts. Travelling in Italy. Italian cinema. Reading: Moravia, Sette racconti, Easy Readers.
ITL 301 – 3-Credit Italian Language Advanced 1
This is the fifth of six levels and is for students who have a solid grammatical/lexical basis in Italian. By working with different types of authentic materials (newspaper/ magazine articles, literature passages, songs, news) and through an in-depth grammar review – to be completed in the next level – students will achieve a high degree of language fluency. By the end of the course students should be able to understand most TV news and current affairs programs; read contemporary literary prose; write clear texts about a wide range of subjects including reports; pass information; give reasons in support or against a particular point of view; interact with a degree of fluency that makes communication with native speakers possible without strain for either side. Grammar: Consolidation of some structures of the previous levels . The prefixes ri- and re-. Impersonal verbs. Revision and reinforcement of the subjunctive. Subjunctive with conjunctions. Simple conditional + imperfect subjunctive. If-clauses of the 2nd type. Consolidation of passato remoto. Stare vs essere. Passive form with essere, venire and with si. Relative pronouns il quale, colui che. Impersonal form with an adjective and of a reflexive verb. Readings and thematic areas. Changes in the Italian language. Crime and justice in Italy. Advertising and typical Italian products. Immigration in Italy. Literary passages by Calvino, Buzzati, Ginzburg, Moravia included in Raccontare il Novecento.
ITL 302 – 3-Credit Italian Language Advanced 2
This is the last of six levels, and it is for students who are fluent in Italian and who can understand most TV news and current affairs programs, contemporary literary prose, can write clear texts about a wide range of subjects without much effort, plus can interact with a high degree of fluency and spontaneity with native speakers. They will work with different types of original materials (newspaper/ magazine articles, literature excerpts, songs, news) and complete an in-depth grammar review started in previous level. By the end of the course students should be able to formulate ideas and opinions with precision and recognize a wide range of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms, as well as apply register shifts. Grammar: Review of some structures of the previous levels. Plusperfect subjunctive. Past conditional. Participles. Indefinite adjectives and pronouns. Review of prepositions. If clauses of the third type. Future in the past. Trapassato remoto. Review of prepositions and verbs + prepositions. Comparatives. Position of pronouns. Gerund, infinitive, participle. Compound nouns. Tense agreement with indicative and subjunctive. Reported speech. Readings and thematic areas: Body and health. Italian literature. Politics in Italy. Italian music. Contemporary Italian playwrights.