Zachary Seguin

ITAL Courses

ITAL 101 – Introduction to Italian Language 1

An intensive study of the fundamentals of grammar and conversation. The language laboratory will be used.

ITAL 102 – Introduction to Italian Language 2

A continuation of ITAL 101, with more emphasis on conversation and everyday uses of language.

ITAL 155 – Intensive Introductory Italian Language

This course has been designed with the student of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in mind. It aims to present the basic principles of the Italian language, geography, and culture in a practical and efficient way in order to facilitate the transition to life in Italy during the student's period of study abroad. Throughout the course, the goal of practical, communicative competence will be emphasized and cultivated via in-class activities and assignments focusing on five areas of performance: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture.

ITAL 201 – Intermediate Italian 1

Advanced study of grammar. Conversation sessions based on intermediate-level readings reflecting contemporary Italian life. Intensive practice in the spoken and written language.

ITAL 202 – Intermediate Italian 2

A continuation of ITAL 201.

ITAL 251 – Issues in Contemporary Italian Society

Through lectures, class discussions, and compositions in Italian, this course studies diverse aspects of contemporary Italian society including politics, history, the arts, and popular culture.

ITAL 255 – Italian for Business and Technology

This course strengthens writing skills in Italian with emphasis on technological vocabulary, composition, business terminology, and correspondence.

ITAL 311 – Medieval Italian Literature

An introduction to the Italian literature of the Middle Ages, with special reference to selections from the major works by Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio.

ITAL 312 – Renaissance Italian Literature

An introduction to the Italian literary production of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, focusing on selections from the major works of the period, including some by Machiavelli, Ariosto, and Tasso.

ITAL 370 – Women Writers of the Italian Renaissance

This course explores selected works by women writers of the Italian 16th century by focusing on their modes of adherence or challenges to the patriarchal literary and cultural canon of the day. It will examine early modern gender issues and innovative forms of self-expression as reflected in the writings of such women as Veronica Franco, Gaspara Stampa, Vittoria Colonna, Tullia D'Aragona, and Isabella di Morra. The course attempts to explore these writers' stances as both consumers and producers of culture, as well as their contribution to the debate on women fashionable at the time.

ITAL 391 – The Italian Novel and Cinema

A survey of some of the principal novels of the twentieth century in Italy in association with their cinematic versions by eminent Italian film directors.

ITAL 392 – Modern Italian Poetry and Theatre

This course studies the works of major Italian poets and playwrights, modern and contemporary, paying special attention to works by women authors.

ITAL 394 – Italian Studies in Italy

Italian literature, art, culture and history studied abroad in Italy.

ITAL 396 – Special Topics/Directed Readings

This course gives the student an opportunity to study authors and works of special interest which are not covered in other courses.

ITAL 397 – Special Topics/Directed Readings

Winter term of ITAL 396/ITALST 396.