Joint Honours Component Italian Studies (36 credits)

Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures     Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science

Program Requirements

Students who wish to study at the Honours level in two Arts disciplines may apply to combine Joint Honours program components from two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs".

Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course selection and their interdisciplinary research project (if applicable).

Joint Honours students must maintain a GPA of 3.30 in their program courses and, according to Faculty regulations, a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in general.

Admission to Joint Honours requires departmental approval. Students wishing to register in the program should consult with the Department as early as possible. Students may register for Joint Honours in the first year, instead of the second year, if in the opinion of the departments they are found to be qualified.

Required Courses (6 credits)

  • ITAL 355 Dante and the Middle Ages (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : An introduction to the work of Dante Alighieri, a pillar of medieval European literature. The times in which he lived, the institutions and cultural shifts of that era, the influence exercised by Dante's work, as well as how it has been perceived in our time.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Zampini, Tania (Winter)

    • Fall

    • Given in English

  • ITAL 470 Joint Honours Thesis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Research and completion of the Honours thesis on an approved subject.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Soranzo, Matteo (Winter)

    • Fall or Winter

    • Restriction: Compulsory for Honours and Joint Honours students.

Complementary Courses (30 credits)

30 credits, 6 of which must be at the 400 level or above, selected from the four Italian course lists as follows:

0-12 credits from Group A – Basic Language Courses.
12-30 credits from Group B – Courses Taught in Italian.
0-18 credits combined from Group C – Courses Taught in English and Group D – Courses Offered in Other Departments.

Note: Students with advanced standing in the language must replace language courses with courses from groups B, C, and D.

Group A - Basic Language Courses

  • ITAL 205D1 Italian for Beginners (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Grammar, reading, dictation. Intensive practice in speech patterns and written structures. Conversation and composition. Visual material and selected readings will be used in describing the making of contemporary Italy.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Tumino, Anna maria; Furlan, Cristiana; Metni, Rania; Ottaviani, Matteo (Fall)

    • Fall, Winter

    • 3 hours and laboratory

    • Students must register for both ITAL 205D1 and ITAL 205D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ITAL 205D1 and ITAL 205D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • ITAL 205D2 Italian for Beginners (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : See ITAL 205D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Tumino, Anna maria; Furlan, Cristiana; Metni, Rania; Ottaviani, Matteo (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: ITAL 205D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ITAL 205D1 and ITAL 205D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • ITAL 206 Beginners Italian Intensive (6 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Designed to cover in one term the same material as ITAL 205D1/ITAL 205D2.

    Terms: Fall 2022, Winter 2023

    Instructors: Tumino, Anna maria; Furlan, Cristiana (Fall) Tumino, Anna maria (Winter)

    • Fall or Winter

    • 6 hours and 1 hour laboratory

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ITAL 205D1/ITAL 205D2

  • ITAL 210D1 Italian for Advanced Beginners (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Intended for students who have never studied Italian, but who have had some informal exposure to the language. Grammar, reading, conversation and composition. An outline of Italian civilization, oral presentations and discussions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • ITAL 210D2 Italian for Advanced Beginners (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : See ITAL 210D1 for course description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: ITAL 210D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ITAL 210D1 and ITAL 210D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • ITAL 215D1 Intermediate Italian (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Direct continuation of ITAL 205D1/ITAL 205D2. Grammar, literary readings, conversation. Grammar exercises and composition. Reading of selected literary works, oral presentations and group discussion.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Tumino, Anna maria (Fall)

  • ITAL 215D2 Intermediate Italian (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : See ITAL 215D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Tumino, Anna maria (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: ITAL 215D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both ITAL 215D1 and ITAL 215D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • ITAL 216 Intermediate Italian Intensive (6 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Course designed to cover in one term the same material as ITAL 215D1/ITAL 215D2. Direct continuation of ITAL 206.

    Terms: Fall 2022, Winter 2023

    Instructors: Viviani, Roberto (Fall) Furlan, Cristiana (Winter)

Group B - Courses Taught in Italian

* Note: Only one of ITAL 250 or ITAL 255 can count toward the program.

  • ITAL 250 Italian Literary Composition (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Analysis and discussion of selected 19th and 20th century literary texts with a view to improving language and composition skills. Review of major grammatical difficulties.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • ITAL 255 Advanced Reading and Composition (6 credits) *

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : The understanding of grammatical structures through a variety of exercises; paraphrasing, translating, composition and discussion. Particular emphasis will be placed on syntax through the study of contemporary texts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • ITAL 260 Reading Italian Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : A selection of poetic, narrative and theatrical texts from different historical periods, providing students with advanced tools in textual analysis and close reading of Italian literary texts.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Specchi, Ruben (Fall)

    • Winter

    • Given in Italian

    • Prerequisite(s): ITAL 215 or ITAL 216 or permission of the instructor.

  • ITAL 270 Manzoni: Novel and Nationhood (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : An analysis of the historical novel "I promessi sposi", by Alessandro Manzoni: its political, social and intellectual role in the evolution of Italy towards nationhood (Risorgimento).

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • ITAL 281 Masterpieces of Italian Literature 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : A survey of Italian literature from Renaissance to the 20th century. Interdisciplinary approach.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • ITAL 290 Commedia Dell'Arte (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Playhouses, actors, stage techniques, masks and scenarios of the "Commedia dell'Arte".

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Agiman, Denise (Winter)

    • Fall

    • Given in Italian

    • Prerequisite: ITAL 215D1/ITAL 215D2, ITAL 216, or equivalent

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken 1TAL 330.

  • ITAL 295 Italian Cultural Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : A cultural studies approach to contemporary Italian society. Focus on distinctive traits of Italian popular culture through literature, film, television and other media.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Zampini, Tania (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Given in Italian

    • Prerequisite: ITAL 215D1/D2 or 216 or permission of instructor

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ITAL 328.

  • ITAL 307 Topics in Italian Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Selected topics in Italian culture (topics may vary and may concentrate on one or more of the following areas: geography, history, music, art history, political science, and/or literature).

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Zampini, Tania (Winter)

  • ITAL 310 The Invention of Italian Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : The course presents Italian's major texts and authors over the ages, by critically exploring how the invention of Italian literature impacts the formation of a national identity.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Given in Italian

    • Prerequisite(s): ITAL250 or above, from amongst courses taught in Italian or permission of Department.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken ITAL 280.

  • ITAL 332 Italian Theatrical Traditions (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : An overview of the major works and genres of Italian theatre from the Renaissance to the present, analyzing their reception and influence on Italian society.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    • Prerequisite(s): ITAL250 or above, from amongst courses taught in Italian or permission of Department.

    • The course will be given in Italian.

  • ITAL 356 Medieval Discourses on Love (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Medieval ideas, attitudes and behaviour surrounding love as represented in literature: readings will include excerpts from early Italian love lyrics, Dante's Vita Nuova, Petrarch's Canzoniere, Boccaccio's Decameron.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • ITAL 360 Contemporary Italian Prose (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : A study of Italian fiction, docu-fiction and non-fiction published since 1990, examined in the context of the debates on post-modernism.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • ITAL 383 Women's Writing since 1880 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : A study of Italian women writers and their search for literary identity.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: any 300 level course given in Italian or permission of the Department

    • Course for the Women's Studies Concentrations

  • ITAL 400 Italian Regional Identities (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : The course explores tensions between national and regional narratives in Italy's literature, culture, language, and society.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Given in Italian

    • Prerequisite(s): ITAL250 or above, from amongst courses taught in Italian or permission of Department.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken ITAL 327.

  • ITAL 410 Italian Modernism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : A study of representative works of major Italian authors from the fin-de-siècle to WWII.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Given in Italian

  • ITAL 560 Topics in 19th and 20th Century Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Exploration of individual authors, genres, and literary or cultural movements that have marked Italian culture in the 19th and 20th century.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Given in Italian

    • Prerequisite for Undergraduate students: permission of the Department

Group C - Courses Taught in English

  • ITAL 199 FYS: Italy's Literature in Context (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : The purpose of this seminar is to re-visit, problematically, the commonsense notion that literature "reflects" reality (or society). Classics of twentieth-century Italian writing shall be analyzed as the response of that nation's literary imagination to the contradictions of its turbulent political and social history.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Given in English

    • Restriction: Open only to newly admitted students in U0 or U1, who may take only one FYS. Students who register for more than one will be obliged to withdraw from all but one of them.

    • Maximum 25

  • ITAL 355 Dante and the Middle Ages (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : An introduction to the work of Dante Alighieri, a pillar of medieval European literature. The times in which he lived, the institutions and cultural shifts of that era, the influence exercised by Dante's work, as well as how it has been perceived in our time.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Zampini, Tania (Winter)

    • Fall

    • Given in English

  • ITAL 365 The Italian Renaissance (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : A presentation of the main ideas and literary masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance (13th-17thC), in the context of Italy's social, political, religious and cultural climate. Reading and discussion of selected literary texts and visual material.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Henry, Chriscinda Claire (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Given in English

  • ITAL 375 Cinema and Society in Modern Italy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : A survey of the most important trends in post-war Italian cinema seen in the context of the rapidly and dramatically evolving society of modern Italy.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Bolongaro, Eugenio (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Given in English

  • ITAL 464 Machiavelli (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Machiavelli, the political thinker and man of letters. A portrait of Machiavelli as political strategist, playwright and observer of his times. Reading of The Prince as well as selected plays, letters and other writings.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Given in English

  • ITAL 477 Italian Cinema and Video (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages,Literatures,Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Italian (Arts) : Different Italian film maker or videomaker every year, presenting a selection of his/her significant works. Discussions will include script analysis, interviews, articles and books by the director in focus, in addition to theoretical and critical statements by scholars. Established and new directors will be considered alternately.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Bolongaro, Eugenio (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Given in English

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ITAL 377

Group D - Courses Offered in Other Departments

  • ARTH 223 Introduction Italian Renaissance Art 1300-1500 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communications (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Surveys the changing role of the artwork in Renaissance Italy in its social, political, and religious contexts.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Henry, Chriscinda Claire (Fall)

  • ARTH 325 Visual Culture Renaissance Venice (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communications (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Distinctive visual culture in the context of Venice's singular topography and reputation for licentiousness and toleration.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Henry, Chriscinda Claire (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: one 200-level Art History course recommended, or by permission of the instructor.

  • CLAS 302 Roman Literature and Society (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : An exploration of Roman texts written during the Republican and Imperial periods (200 BCE-400 CE) and the study of social contexts in which they were written.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Brisson, Pierre-Luc (Winter)

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken CLAS 208.

  • CLAS 404 Classical Tradition (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : Examines the evolution of Classical Antiquity's social and cultural status from the 17th c. to the present day. Particular consideration is given to the processes of the ongoing professionalization of history and archeology as academic disciplines, the emergence of new political usages of the past, the transformation of cultural practices from the Grand Tour to the modern museum and tourism.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: CLAS 202 or related courses or permission of instructor

  • ENGL 447 Crosscurrents/English Literature and European Literature 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Comparative study of English and European literature. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: Fall 2022

    Instructors: Van Dussen, Michael (Fall)

    • For the most detailed and up-to-date descriptions of course and seminar offerings please see the Department of English website at www.mcgill.ca/english.

    • Fall

  • HIST 345 History of Italian Renaissance (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : An introduction to the economy, society, politics and intellectual developments in Italy from approximately 1300 to the early 16th century.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • HIST 380 The Medieval Mediterranean (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Thematic history of the Mediterranean during the Medieval period, covering elements of Latin, Byzantine and Islamic civilizations and their interactions.

    Terms: Winter 2023

    Instructors: Bruce, Travis (Winter)

  • HIST 398 Topics in Italian History (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Topics in Italian history. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • HIST 401 Topics: Medieval Culture and Society (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Selected topics in the intellectual and cultural history of the Middle Ages. Emphasis on modern critical approaches to medieval culture, including literature, the supernatural, religious experience.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • MUHL 387 Opera from Mozart to Puccini (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music History and Literature : Mozart's operas and the seria, buffa, and Singspiel traditions. Ottocento opera, grand opera, and cross-fertilization between France and Italy. German Romantic opera. Wagner. Eastern European opera. Verismo and fin-de-siècle opera in Vienna and Paris. Sociology of opera. Emphasis on critical understanding of music's role in articulating drama.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.

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