Courses Offered Next Quarter

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 2020: Language Courses

IT 1 Elementary Italian – Beginning

Instructor: Claire Lavagnino, Ornella Spano, Hoang Truong

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

IT 2 Elementary Italian — Continued

Instructor: Claire Lavagnino

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

IT 3 Elementary Italian – Continued

Instructor: Hoang Truong

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

IT 4 Intermediate Italian

Instructor: Hoang Truong

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

IT 6 Intermediate Italian

Instructor: Ornella Spano

Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 5. Advanced grammar and composition course with readings from select literary works. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2020: Courses in English

IT 42A Italy through Ages in English: Saints and Sinners in Early Modern Italy

Instructor: Andrea Moudarres

Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of issues of cultural hegemony, political and religious freedom, and doctrinal conflict through Italy’s early modern literary and artistic production. Texts may include Dante’s Divine Comedy, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Saint Catherine’s letters, Machiavelli’s The Prince, and Galileo’s scientific writings. Artworks may include those of Raphael and Michelangelo, as well as Bernini’s sculptures. P/NP or letter grading.

122. Italian Theater

Instructor: Massimo Ciavolella

Lecture, three hours. Study of works for stage from Renaissance to present, including examples of opera and questions pertaining to acting, staging, and performance. May include texts by Machiavelli, Aretino, Alfieri, Gozzi, Goldoni, Verdi, Puccini, D’Annunzio, Amelia Rosselli, Dacia Maraini, Dario Fo, and Franca Rame. P/NP or letter grading.

140. Italian Novella from Boccaccio to Basile in Translation

Instructor: Massimo Ciavolella

Lecture, three hours. Analysis of development of Italian novella in its structure, historical context, and folk material. Special emphasis on how Italian novella influenced other European literatures. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2020: Courses in Italian

IT125: Italian Through Opera

Instructor: Claire Lavagnino

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 6. Taught in Italian. Introduction to traditional Italian opera as means of appreciating culture of Italy, art form of opera, and study of Italian language at advanced level through reading of libretti. Six masterworks of Italian opera tradition — “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” “La Bohéme,” “Pagliacci,” “Otello,” “Tosca,” and “La Traviata” — offer culturally authentic contexts to learn about operas, their characters, plots, settings, and themes. Exploration of various historical, political, and cultural issues raised in each opera. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2020: Graduate Courses

IT 216D: Studies in the Renaissance: Renaissance Theater

Instructor: Massimo Ciavolella

Lecture, three hours. S/U or letter grading.