Courses

The UCLA Department of Italian offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in English and Italian. For information about specific section times and locations please view the UCLA Schedule of Classes.

For a complete listing and description of department courses visit the UCLA General Catalog.

Winter 2017: Language Courses

IT 1 Elementary Italian – Beginning

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 2 Elementary Italian — Continued

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 1. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 3 Elementary Italian – Continued

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 2. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 4 Intermediate Italian

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 3. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 5 Intermediate Italian

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 4. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2017: Courses in English

IT 42B Italy through Ages in English: Modern and Contemporary Italy

Instructor: Claire Lavagnino

Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Cultural and political developments from 18th century to present. Topics include Beccaria and opposition to death penalty and absolutism; Garibaldi, Italian Risorgimento, national liberation, and unification; Lombroso and criminology in new Italy; Mussolini and Fascism; Gramsci and Communism; Italian Catholicism; Berlusconi and media; migration and today’s multiethnic Italy. Assigned works include relevant literature and memoirs, music, and film, futurist and fascist art, and organized crime fiction and film. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 42C Italy Through the Ages in English: Food and Literature in Italy

Instructor: Heather Sottong

Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. An examination of Italian foodways as a means for exploring the dramatic political, social, and economic changes that have taken place in Italy since antiquity. Focusing on the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, we will examine disparities in eating habits of different socio-economic classes, the evolution in food production, and the function of food in works of literature by some of Italy’s most prized authors, such as Dante Alighieri and Niccolò Machiavelli. Famous cookbooks, such as those by Bartolomeo Scappi and Pellegrino Artusi will also provide a window into Italian culinary tradition through the ages. During the latter half of this course, we will focus on the important function of food in shaping Italian national and regional identities during the process of political unification. Finally, we will discuss food as an expression of identity for Italians and Italian Americans. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 102A Italian Cultural Experience in English

Instructor: Valeria Finucci

Lecture, three hours. Study of the social, cultural and artistic developments of Italy by concentrating on Venice, a hub of commerce and cross-national relations with a reputation for openness and flamboyancy.  P/NP or letter grading.

IT 150 Modern Fiction in Translation

Instructor: Thomas Harrison

Lecture, three hours. 20th-century narrative and poetry by Ortese, Sapienza, Calvino, Tabucchi, Montale and Ungaretti focusing on the “fictional” nature of self-knowledge. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 152 Italy between Europe and Africa

Instructor: Lucia Re

Lecture, three hours. Knowledge of Italian or background in Italian studies not required. Analysis and critical discussion of works by Italian and African-Italian authors about Italy as a “bridge” between Europe and Africa and as a gateway to Europe. Assignments include works about the Italian participation in the European “scramble for Africa,” literary works and memoirs by post-colonial African-Italian authors, and films about the exodus of migrants and refugees from Africa to Italy across the Mediterranean. Short stories, novels, travel narratives and articles include selections from authors Giovanni Pascoli, Paolo De Vecchi, Ennio Flaiano, Gabriella Ghermandi, Shirin Ramzanali Fazel, Amara Lakhous, and Igiaba Scego. Films by Emanuele Crialese and Jonas Carpignano. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2017: Courses in Italian

IT 100 Composition and Style

Instructor: Elissa Tognozzi Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 116B Italian Renaissance: Power and Imagination in Renaissance

Instructor: Massimo Ciavolella Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2017: Graduate Courses

IT 216E Studies in the Renaissance: Variable Topics

Instructor: Valeria Finucci

Lecture, three hours. Variable-content seminar on themes and issues of Renaissance literature, with coverage of authors such as Vasari, Leonardo, or Benvenuto that examines attitudes toward anatomy, sex, and gender, and concentrates on topics such as the beautiful body, the virgin’s body, the mother’s body, the pathological body and the hysterical body from both a socio-legal and anatomical point of view. S/U or letter grading.

IT M241 Seminar: Political Geography of Italy

Instructor: John Agnew

(Same as Geography M241) Seminar, three hours; reading period, two hours. Themes in political geography with particular emphasis on Italy. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

IT 375 Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Instructor: Elissa Tognozzi

Seminar, to be arranged. Preparation: apprentice personnel employment as teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at UCLA. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.