Italian: Language, Literature, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LI 111: First-Semester Italian
    For students who have never studied Italian, or by placement test results. Introduction to grammatical structures used in written exercises. Emphasis on aural comprehension, speaking, and pronunciation. Readings on contemporary Italian culture. Meets four days a week. Lab required. (If CAS LI 131 or a more advanced college-level course has been completed, this course cannot be taken for credit.) Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LI 112: Second-Semester Italian
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 111; or placement test results.
    Continues study of basic grammatical structures used in written assignments. Emphasis on speaking, aural comprehension, and pronunciation. Readings on contemporary Italian culture. Meets four days a week. Lab required. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LI 131: Beginning Italian I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CFA students only.
    Specially designed for College of Fine Arts students. Grammar; special attention to phonetics; reading and writing. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LI 132: Beginning Italian II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 131.
    Specially designed for College of Fine Arts students. Continuation of CAS LI 131. Grammar; special attention to phonetics; reading and writing. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LI 211: Third-Semester Italian
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 112; or placement test results.
    Intended for students with a satisfactory background in elementary Italian who wish to continue study of grammatical structures. Emphasis on speaking, pronunciation, and aural comprehension. Reading about Italian culture and contemporary short stories. Compositions and oral assessments including interviews and/or presentations. Meets three days a week. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LI 212: Fourth-Semester Italian
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 211; or placement test results.
    For students who wish to build active use of Italian in speaking, writing, and reading. Intensive practice of spoken and written language. More advanced readings from Italian culture. Writing involving more complex grammatical and syntactical patterns. Oral assessments including interviews and/or presentations. Meets three days a week. Satisfactory completion of CAS LI 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LI 283: Twentieth-Century Culture and the Italian Film (in English translation)
    A portrait of modern Italian life as seen through cinema and screenplays. Films by Fellini, Bertolucci, Bellocchio (based on works by Pirandello, Calvino, Moravia, Pasolini) illustrate aspects of Italian cultural development in the twentieth century. Also offered as CAS CI 266.
  • CAS LI 312: Italian for the Professions
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 212; and First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120), or placementexam results, or consent of instructor.
    Students explore how Italy has become one of the world leaders in the fields of technology, science, fashion, food production and design. They acquire knowledge of contemporary issues in Italian society and learn how to communicate in professional environments. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-Intensive Course, Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS LI 313: Italian Media and Popular Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 212; or placement exam results
    Students analyze how print, audiovisual, and digital media impact Italian culture and society. Through viewing, discussing, and writing students examine how television, advertising, and folklore represent current social phenomena, and make comparison between Italian and US cultures. Effective Fall 2018 this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing- Intensive Course, Oral and/or Signed Communication. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • CAS LI 351: Italian Literature II: Renaissance and Baroque
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: any 300-level language course of consent of instructor.
    Strategies for reading important Italian texts from medieval to the eighteenth century: Boccaccio's novelle, a political play by Machiavelli, Calvino's presentation of Ariosto's Renaissance epic poem, a comic play by Goldoni, and their literary, social and historical contexts. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Aesthetic Exploration.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
  • CAS LI 386: Fascism and the Holocaust in Italy
    The Fascist regime and the Holocaust in Italy: how the civic status of Italian Jews changed from the beginnings of discrimination against them to deportations of 1943, posing larger questions about bigotry and racism, and the role of bystander complicity. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Historical Consciousness
  • CAS LI 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS LI 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS LI 459: Primo Levi Within Holocaust Literature
    Levi's writings employ scientific, literary, ethical, theological and philosophical approaches to the Holocaust. An examination of Levi's works both within the context of other writers such as Elie Wiesel, and within the practice of Holocaust testimony, ethics and witnessing. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Ethical Reasoning.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Ethical Reasoning
  • CAS LI 473: The Masters of Italian Cinema
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 311 or CAS LI 312 or CAS LI 313.
    The creative work of Fellini, Visconti, Antonioni, Bertolucci, and De Sica as expressions of a specific cultural perspective on Italian life of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Additional focus on several novels and screen plays that have influenced the work of the directors. Also offered as CAS CI 460.
  • CAS LI 491: Directed Study: Italian
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Academic Advising, 100 Bay State Rd., Room 401.
    Application form available in CAS Academic Advising.
  • CAS LI 492: Directed Study: Italian
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Academic Advising, 100 Bay State Rd., Room 401.
    Application form available in CAS Academic Advising.