Winter 2017

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Italian 002. Elementary Italian (5 units)

Section Instructor Days/Times Location CRN
001 Jay Grossi MTWRF 10:00-10:50A 115 Wellman Hall 29252
002 Jay Grossi MTWRF 11:00-11:50A 115 Wellman Hall 29253
003 Carmen Gomez MTWRF 12:10-1:00P 115 Wellman Hall 29254
004 Leo Giorgetti MTWRF  1:10-2:00P 115 Wellman Hall 29255
005 Jay Grossi MTWRF 9:00-9:50A 115 Wellman Hall 43918

Course Description: Italian 002 is the second course of Elementary Italian.  Students in this course will continue learning the language in a setting that stresses communicative and interactive class activities while focusing also on grammatical structures.  The syllabus for Italian 002 covers Chapters 5 to 8 of the textbook and the related chapters in the online Student Activities Manual (eSAM).  Emphasis is placed on moods and tenses of verbs to increase students’ linguistic awareness (specifically the present perfect, the imperfect and future tenses, and the imperative mood).  Students will continue to investigate Italian culture through reading and interactive activities while continuing to improve upon comprehension, speaking, and writing skills.  Daily class attendance is indispensable for this course.

Prerequisite: Italian 001.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 5 hours; Laboratory - 1 hour.


  • Donatella Melucci and Elissa Tognozzi, Piazza (with iLrn Access)  (Cengage Learning, 2015)

Italian 005. Intermediate Italian (4 units)
Carmen Gomez

MWF 10:00-10:50A
148 Physics Building
CRN 29256

Course Description: This is the second course of Intermediate Italian. This course reviews, practices and expands upon 1st year grammar skills in a communicative and task-oriented classroom. Linguistic structures are employed to examine contemporary Italian culture and to make connections between cultures through a variety of in-class activities (oral presentations, discussions and collaborative exercises) and homework assignments (web search activities, weekly blogs and online exercises). Students will also strengthen their critical thinking skills and their understanding of written Italian through the analysis of various texts (journalistic articles, essays and excerpts from literary texts) and with regular writing assignments that reflect on important cultural themes. Italian 005 covers chapters 5-8 of the textbook and the corresponding chapters in the online Student Activities Manual (eSAM). ITA 005 reviews the following grammatical concepts: the pronominal particles “ci” and “ne,” the simple past and future tenses, indefinite adjectives and pronouns, special emphasis on moods (conditional and subjunctive), their respective tenses and their uses.

Prerequisite: Italian 004. Students who did not complete Elementary Italian at UC Davis are encouraged to take the Italian Placement Exam.

GE credit (Old): None.
GE credit (New): World Cultures.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Laboratory - 3 hours.


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Italian 101. Advanced Conversation, Composition and Grammar (4 units)
Margherita Heyer-Caput

TR 4:40-6:00P
1128 Hart Hall
CRN 29265

Course Description: This course is aimed at improving oral and written proficiency through group discussions and oral presentations in class, weekly compositions and grammar review exercises at home.  Students work on linguistic structures in context through close readings of short, modern and conemporary literary texts included in the course textbook.  Participants expand vocabulary and enhance conversational skills while discussing cultural changes in today's Italy, with particular attention to human relationships as they are portrayed in contemporary narrative and film.  Audiovisual materials (songs, film-clips, etc.) will regularly complement class activities.  Italian 101 is required for the Italian Major / Minor and will be conducted in Italian.

Prerequisite: Italian 009 or the equivalent or consent of instructor (

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Oral Literacy, World Cultures and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture - 3 hours.


  • Laura Bresciani, Claudia Donna, and Alessandra Garolla, Amicizia, Affetto, Amore  (Edizioni Farinelli, 2012)

Italian 105. Introduction to Italian Literature (4 units)
Margherita Heyer-Caput

TR 1:40-3:00P
1132 Bainer Hall
CRN 29267

Course Description:
 This course provides an introduction to the principal movements, authors, and works of Italian literature from the Middle Ages to the present.  We will focus on close readings of representative excerpts from masterpieces of medieval, renaissance, baroque, romantic, and modern authors within their historical and cultural context.

Italian 105 is required for the Italian Major/Minor and will be conducted in Italian.  The format will combine lectures and group discussions.  Students will contribute to class activities with oral presentations on an author or an aspect of Italian cultural history.

Prerequisite: Italian 009 or consent of instructor ( 

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Oral Literacy and World Cultures.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • Paolo Balboni and Anna Biguzzi, Letteratura Italiana per Stranieri  (Guerra Edizioni, 2008)

Italian 145. Love, Italian Style: Early Modern Poetry, Prose and Art (4 units)
Michael Subialka

MWF 11:00-11:50A
1134 Bainer Hall
CRN 43919

Course Description: What is love? How do we experience it? How do we talk about it and represent it? And what can the answers to these questions tell us about who we are and the culture we create and inhabit? This course examines different ways of thinking about what love is and how the experience of love was represented and understood in early modern Italy. Spanning from the seminal poetry of writers like Dante and Petrarch to the explosion of love – both sacred and profane – in the Italian Renaissance, we will look at how different genres (poetry and prose, literature and philosophy) and different media (including the visual arts) approach love in the Italian tradition. We will conclude by putting these early-modern visions of love in dialogue with recent Italian films that explore how love shapes, destroys, and rebuilds our world. Taught in Italian.

Prerequisite: Italian 009 or consent of instructor (

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities and Writing Experience.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Oral Literacy, Visual Literacy, World Cultures, and Writing Experience.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 4 hours.


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