Before you enroll in Italian language courses (ITAL 10–106):
PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:
1. Students currently enrolled in an Italian language course (ITAL 10–105) will be contacted before the beginning of registration to choose one section of the next course in the language sequence. They will be given an access code for that section, or if that section is no longer available, they will be given further instructions.
2. Students who have never studied Italian before or who have studied Italian for less than one semester should state how much Italian they have studied and which section of ITAL 10 they prefer in an email to Professor Harder (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will send them an access code.
3. Students who have studied Italian but not at Brandeis OR students who scored below 620 on the Italian SAT II exam, below 4 on the Italian AP exam, below 5 on the International Baccalaureate Higher Levels exam, or who took the IB Standard Levels exam must email Professor Harder (email@example.com) for on-line access to the Italian placement test (valid for one year). After completion of the test and the questionnaire that follows, Professor Harder will provide an access code for a specific section of the appropriate language course.
4. Students who scored 620–710 on the Italian SAT II exam, 4 on the Italian AP exam, or 5 on the International Baccalaureate Higher Levels Exam are not required to take the placement test; however they must email their standardized exam score to Professor Harder (firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to receive an access code for ITAL 105a (spring 2013).
5. Students who scored 720 or above on the Italian SAT II exam, 5 on the Italian AP exam, or 6 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Higher Levels Exam are not required to take the placement test; however they must email their standardized exam score to Professor Harder (email@example.com) in order to receive an access code for ITAL 106a.
Fall 2013 Italian Studies Courses
All schedule information is tentative. Please see http://www.brandeis.edu/registrar/schedule/classes/2013/Fall/4000/all for more information.
ALL STUDENTS NEED AN ACCESS CODE TO ENROLL IN ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSES (ITAL 10–106). PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS TO RIGHT.
ITAL 10a Beginning Italian
(1) MTWR 10:00–10:50, Servino
(2) MTWR 1:00–1:50, Staff
Prerequisite: For students with little or no knowledge of Italian language. Access code required (please see instructions to the right).
Are you interested in experiencing a taste of Italy right here on campus? If reading an Italian menu with the right accent, understanding Bocelli and Botticelli, speaking the language, and learning about love and passion beyond the stereotypes are not enough to get you involved, we will find many more ways to make your Italian experience worthwhile. Just as in Italy, if you have no specific reasons to study Italian, we will make one up just for you!
ITAL 30a Intermediate Italian
(1) MTWR 11:00–11:50, Servino
(2) MWR 12:00‒12:50 and F 12:30‒1:20, Staff
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in ITAL 20b or the equivalent. Access code required (please see instructions in box to right).
Is Italian synonymous with pizza and the mafia? Of course not! Students in this course advance their study in Italian language and culture by improving their ability to recount events, give descriptions, and make comparisons —both orally and in writing. Working with newspaper articles, short stories, and films, students gain an understanding of what growing up in Italy is all about! Students learn how the closeness of family and friends is the basis of Italian culture and how Italians are able to live in a modern Italy despite their old soul that comes from ancient values and colorful imagery of its people.
ITAL 106a Advanced Readings in Italian
(1) TR 2:00–3:20, Staff
Prerequisite: ITAL 30a, ITAL 105a, or the equivalent. Access code required (please see instructions in box to right).
Close study and analysis of representative Italian texts (prose, poetry, drama) and culture. Each year, emphasis will be given to a specific theme, for example, works by Italian women writers. Reading and listening activities followed by in-class discussions and presentations are designed to enhance the student's reading skills.
ITAL 110a Introduction to Italian Literature
(1) MW 2:00–3:20, Servino
Prerequisite: ITAL 30a, 105a, 106a, or the equivalent.
Surveys the masterpieces of Italian literature from Dante to the present. It is designed to introduce the student to the major authors and literary periods, styles, and genres and present an overview of the history of the literature. Conducted in Italian.
Italian Studies Electives
CLAS 115b Topics in Greek and Roman History: The Fall of Rome
MW 3:30–4:50, Walker
Topics vary from year to year and the course may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Topics include the Age of Alexander the Great, the Age of Pericles, the Greekness of Alexander, and Imperialism in Antiquity. Fall 2013 topic is The Fall of Rome.
CLAS 150b Pompeii: Life in the Shadow of Vesuvius
TR 2:00–3:20, Koloski-Ostrow
Examines Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried by Vesuvius in 79 CE, using the ancient cities' art, architecture, and wall writings to understand the social, political, economic, and religious realities of Roman life on the Bay of Naples, especially in the first century CE.
HIST 170a Italian Films, Italian Histories
TF 12:30–1:50, Kelikian
Explores the relationship between Italian history and Italian film from unification to 1975. Topics include socialism, fascism, the deportation of Jews, the Resistance, the Mafia, and the emergence of an American-style star fixation in the 1960s.
Students seeking to pursue Italian Studies further may petition for an Independent Major and discuss various options with the Italian Studies faculty members.