Current Undergraduate Courses

Italian Studies Undergraduate Course Offerings - 2021-2022 Academic Year

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For full details of the courses listed below (including delivery instructions, enrolment controls, and prerequsities), please visit the Faculty of Arts & Science Timetable.

ITA100Y1 - Italian Language for Beginners

An introduction to the main elements of the Italian language. The development of speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills. Introduction to Italian culture and texts.

  • When: Year-long course with multiple meeting sections available spanning throughout the week (Mondays to Fridays) with morning, afternoon, and evening offerings.
  • Instructor: Taught by a variety of instructors.

ITA197H1-SThe Fine Art of Murder: Reading Detective Fiction

Since its inception in the nineteenth century, detective fiction has been one of the most popular literary genres, proving adept at both entertaining and shining a critical light on social and political problems. This course will explore the many faces of detective fiction addressing questions such as: Why does crime hold such a fascination for modern audiences? What kind of pleasure do we derive from reading stories that often follow established conventions and rules? What do these novels about crime and punishment tell us about broader social and political issues?

  • When: S semester – Thursdays, 10am - 12pm
  • Instructor: TBC

ITA198H1-F - Machiavelli and Machiavellianism

An examination of Machiavelli’s political doctrine in The Prince and the development of his ideas in politics, ethics, and the arts. Special attention will be paid to the enduring relevance of his legacy in the modern world.

  • When: F semester – Thursdays, 10am - 12pm 
  • Instructor: Matteo Leta

ITA199H1-F - Italian Fascism and Global Responses: The Dark Side of Italianità

After World War I, Italian society faced a political, economic, and moral crisis that resulted in the rise of fascism. Using diverse sources (media, literary texts, movies, architecture, and design), this course explores various reactions in Italy and abroad to the rise of Mussolini and the totalitarian State. Why did common people, intellectuals, politicians, and business and community leaders around the globe succumb to the seduction of fascism? How did other people denounce fascist violence? After an introduction to Italian fascism, the course will consider global reactions to Italian fascism and diverse responses in Italian communities abroad (e.g. Canada, USA, Argentina).

  • When: F semester – Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm
  • Instructor: TBC

ITA200H1-F - Major Italian Authors in Translation: from Dante to Tasso

The course will focus on authors from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance who had a defining influence on Western literature, such as Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Ariosto, and Tasso. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience. (Given in English)

  • When: F semester - Thursdays, 12pm - 2pm
  • Instructor: TBC

ITA201H1-SMajor Italian Authors in Translation: from Marino to Calvino

The course will focus on authors from the Baroque to the Twentieth Century who had a defining influence on Western literature, such as Marino, Goldoni, Manzoni, Pirandello, Calvino. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience. (Given in English)

  • When: S semester - Thursdays, 12pm-2pm
  • Instructor: Eloisa Morra

ITA240Y1History of Italian Cinema

This course surveys the history of Italian cinema and the sociopolitical circumstances surrounding the film industry, from its early days to the present, while also introducing the students to methods of analysis and research appropriate to the field. Emphasis will be placed on films from the silent era to the 1960s, and from the 1960s to the present. This course includes a component designed to introduce students to methods of scholarly research appropriate to the field. The course is given in English and all films shown have English subtitles.

ITA250Y1Intermediate Italian

Grammar review, readings of Italian authors and oral practice to enhance comprehension and expressive skills.

  • When: Year-long course with multiple meeting sections available offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, in the morning and evening.
  • Instructor: Paolo Frascà & other instructors TBC.

JCI250H1-S Italian Canadian Communities

This course examines the past and present settlement patterns of those of Italian descent in Canada, in rural areas and cities, including increasing suburbanization.  Students will address issues such as work and employment and political participation.  Challenges and opportunities will be examined, with respect to issues such as migration, community-building, belonging, and discrimination.

  • When: S semester - Wednesdays, 3pm-5pm
  • Instructor: TBC 

ITA314H1-F  - Italian Design: Fashion, Artistry, Genius

“Made in Italy” is a global standard for creativity and excellence in fashion, architecture, and industrial design. This course will explore how art, imagination, and craft have intersected in different areas of Italian culture over time. Based on an individual instructor’s area of expertise, themes explored may include studies of the Italian fashion industry, food culture, commercial art, and industrial design. Primary materials will include artworks, literary texts, material objects, and mixed media that demonstrate the importance of design culture in Italy and the impact of Italian design culture in the world. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.

  • When: F semester - Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm
  • Instructor: TBC

ITA315H1-F Sex and Gender in Contemporary Italy

This course will focus on theoretical and cultural productions that deal with issues of sexuality and gender in (contemporary) Italy. Based on an individual instructor’s area of expertise, themes explored may include feminism and women’s rights, sexual liberation and LGBTQ+ rights, Queer-of-Colour critique, and other topics within the study of sexual and gender diversity. Primary materials will include manifestos, theoretical essays, novels, short stories, and films that deal with gender and sexual diversity in the Italian-speaking world and from a transnational perspective. Linguistic issues will also be discussed. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.

  • When: F semester - Thursdays, 10 am to 12 pm
  • InstructorPaolo Frascà

ITA340H1-S -  Italian Neorealist Cinema

The focus of this course is the films of Italian Neorealism, one of the most influential, artistic, and intellectual movements in the history of world cinema. While the emphasis will be placed primarily on the work of Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, and Luchino Visconti, the course will also offer a detailed discussion of the historical context and of the sociopolitical issues of postwar Italy. This course includes a component designed to enhance students' research experience. (Given in English)

  • When: S semester - Thursdays, 3pm - 7pm
  • Instructor: TBC

ITA350Y1-F Language Practice

For students who have completed ITA250Y1 / ITA251Y1. Discussion of problems of grammar, style, and composition. Language analysis based on readings of Italian authors. One hour a week of oral practice. This course includes a component designed to enhance students' research experience.

  • When: Year-long course offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6pm - 9pm
  • Instructor: Paolo Frascà & other instructors TBC

ITA363H1 Italian Sociolinguistics

Starting with a survey of the sociolinguistic situation in Italy before Unification, this course deals with the complex relationship between regional languages and dialects on the one hand and Common Italian on the other. The recent rise of regional variants of Italian and its impact on the dialects are also discussed. This course includes a component designed to enhance students’ research experience.

  • When: S semester – Tuesdays, 10 am- 12 pm
  • Instructor: Franco Pierno

ITA378H1-S - Topics in Italiain Studies: Black italian Literature

In this course we will explore a series of biographies and selected texts produced by Black Italian writers of African descent starting from the 1990s to now. The authors taken under consideration were either born and raised in Italy or arrived in the country at a specific historical time. Therefore, the course will also provide the students with relevant historical and sociological background on issues of race, identity and citizenship in colonial and postcolonial Italy. Starting with the making of the first colony in Eritrea in 1890, through the invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 and the birth of the Empire of Africa Orientale Italiana in 1936, the novels and essays analyzed in this course will highlight the ties between Italy and Africa and how a lack of reckoning with this colonial past has still consequences today for Italians of African descent.

  • When: S semester - Tuesdsays 12pm-2pm
  • Instructor: TBC

ITA425H1-FSpecial Topics in Italian Studies

A course on specific topics in Italian Studies, designed for advanced students. This course includes a component designed to enhance students' research experience. (Given in English)

  • When: F semester - Tuesdays, 4pm - 6pm
  • InstructorLuca Somigli

ITA433H1-SItalian Language and Italian Dialects in Toronto

Through a historical overview of Italian immigration in Toronto, the role of Italian and Italian dialects in the city will be examined. As part of the topic studied in the course, students will contribute to the website of the OIM by collecting varied forms of empirical linguistic evidence.

  • When: S semester – Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm
  • Instructor: Franco Pierno

ITA455H1-S -  Women Writers in Italy

The course will focus on the writings of women in different periods of Italian history. Spanning a variety of genres, from the novel to autobiography, from poetry to essayism, the course will discuss various aspects of the debate regarding the changing roles of women in society. This course includes a component designed to enhance students' research experience.

  • When: S semester - Tuesdays, 3pm - 5pm
  • InstructorEloisa Morra

ITA489H1-F & ITA489H1-S - Independent Studies

An opportunity to pursue at the 400-level an independent course of study not otherwise available. A written proposal, co-signed by the instructor, must be submitted on the appropriate proposal form for approval by the Department of Italian Studies. Application deadline: April 30 for F courses, November 30 for S courses.

ITA490Y1-Y Independent Studies

In exceptional circumstances, students may request to pursue at the 400-level an independent course of study not otherwise available. A written proposal, co-signed by the instructor, must be submitted on the appropriate proposal form for approval by the Department of Italian Studies. Application deadline April 30.

ITA495H1-F & ITA489H1-S -  Directed Research

Based on a professor’s research project currently in progress, this course will enable an undergraduate student to play a useful role in the project while receiving concrete training in research. This course is mandatory for all students enrolled in the specialist’s program.