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.

Fall 2018: 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: Ornella Spano

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

IT 5 Intermediate Italian

Instructor: Ornella Spano

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

IT 6 Intermediate Italian

Instructor: Elissa Tognozzi

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

Fall 2018: Courses in English

IT 46 Italian Cinema and Culture in English

Instructor: Thomas Harrison

With an eye to the interrelation of sexual and political desire in culture, this course engages in a detailed analysis of nine celebrated Italian films, subtitled in English and contextualized by readings in sociology, philosophy, psychology, and political history. Lecture/screenings, five hours; discussion, one hour. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 110 Dante in English

Instructor: Andrea Moudarres

This course focuses on Dante’s Divine Comedy – a classic masterpiece of world literature, a pinnacle of medieval philosophy and theology, and a crucial work in the development of Italian culture. We will consider the protagonist’s journey to “salvation” as a challenge to many of our most entrenched assumptions about the nature of good and evil. Lecture, three hours. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 114B- Middle Ages: Medieval Humor, Moralism, and Society

Instructor: Massimo Ciavolella

Lecture, three hours. Novelty of Boccaccio’s witty and comic masterpiece, Decameron, analyzed within context of moral and social codes of culture of time. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 116B Italian Renaissance: Power and Imagination in Renaissance

Instructor: Arielle Saiber

How to Do Just About Everything: Serious and Satirical Wisdom from the Italian Renaissance
This course will explore a large sampling of advice writing from the Italian Renaissance.  Topics include how to be/seem educated, make money, gain and keep power, find love, mix paint, fence, cook, write in code, strengthen one’s memory, see into the heavens, avoid depression, and more.  Readings include Machiavelli’s Prince, Della Casa’s Galateo of Manners, Alberti’s On Family, Maestro Martino’s Art of Cooking, Cornaro’s Art of Living Long, Manciolino’s Guide to Swordsmanship, Cennini’s Craftsman’s Handbook, and selections from Della Porta’s Natural Magic, Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier, Ficino’s Book of Life, humanist treatises on education, religious sermons, and lesser-known treatises and “books of secrets.”  Secondary literature will provide historical context for the primary texts and tools for recognizing and unpacking the rhetorical devices commonly used in these early examples of self-help. The course will be conducted in English, although the readings will be provided both in Italian and in translation. Italian majors who have completed two years of language instruction (Italian 6 or equivalent) should read the assigned texts in the original language and write their papers in Italian.
Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 100. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 191 Variable Topics Research Seminars: Italian Studies

Instructor: TBD

Seminar, three hours. Research seminar with focus on themes and issues outside uniquely Italian literature topics covered in regular departmental undergraduate courses. Reading, discussion, and development of culminating project. May be repeated once for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

Fall 2018: Courses in Italian

IT 100 Composition and Style

Instructor: Elissa Tognozzi

Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 6. Taught in Italian. Development of writing techniques and proficiency in composition and style, with emphasis on editing for grammar and style. P/NP or letter grading.

Fall 2018: Graduate Courses

IT 214D- Studies in Medieval Literature: Boccaccio’s Decameron

Instructor: Massimo Ciavolella

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

IT 298: Variable Topics in Italian Studies

Instructor: TBD

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Seminar focusing on themes and issues outside the uniquely Italian literature topics covered in regular departmental graduate courses.