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GE Pre-Approved List for CSU IP Florence Program

Pre-Approved Language Courses for CSU IP Florence

These courses have been approved from Summer 2014 through Spring 2019.

Foreign Language Courses
These can be counted toward C1, C2, and/or C elective at Cal Poly, up to a maximum total of 8 quarter units. (The maximum total of 8 quarter units holds for any combination of domestic and study-abroad courses.  For example, 4 units domestic combined with 4 units of study abroad will bring a student to a total of 8 quarter units.)
Course Prefix Course Title GE Area Credit Course Description
ITL 101I Intensive Elementary Italian I C1, C2, or
C elective
Practice in grammar, reading, pronunciation, writing and conversation. First hand exposure to Italian culture and life through occasional site visits. Intended for students with no previous study of Italian. The equivalent of first semester Italian on CSU campuses.
ITL 102I Intensive Elementary Italian II C1, C2, or
C elective
Review of basic Italian grammar and vocabulary. Continuation of study and practice in grammar, reading, writing and conversation. Intended for students with one semester of previous Italian. Equivalent of second or third semester Italian depending on previous experience.
ITL 200I Intensive Italian Review C1, C2, or
C elective
Review of elementary Italian grammar and vocabulary. Continuation of study and practice in grammar, reading, writing and conversation. Intended as an intensive review for students with two semesters or more of previous Italian, who do not place in ITL 201I or 301I.
ITL 201I Intensive Intermediate Italian C1, C2, or
C elective
Continued study and practice of Italian grammar and vocabulary. Intended for students with two or three semesters of previous Italian, depending on placement exam results. Equivalent of third or fourth semester Italian depending on previous experience. May be offered in conjunction with Italian 301I.
ITL 301I Intensive Advanced Italian C1, C2, or
C elective
Review of grammatical principles with regular exercises and compositions for the development of increased mastery of the language. Intended for students with two years or more of Italian. May be offered in conjunction with ITL 201I.
ITL 102 Elementary Italian I C1, C2, or
C elective
A continuation of Ital 101I from the PLP to complete basic Italian grammar. Vocabulary building and study of idiomatic expressions. Class discussions and periodic oral reports. Equivalent of second semester Italian on most CSU campuses. Offered in fall semester.
ITL 125 Elementary Italian Conversation and Reading C1, C2, or
C elective
Supplements regular Italian grammar classes. Reading and comprehension of short stories, passages, newspapers and magazine articles lexical studies, creative writing, introduction, viewing and discussion of Italian movies. Designed to prepare students for concentration courses offered in Italian during spring semester. Focus will be on art, literature, cinema, and cultural and sociological aspects of Italian life. Includes short site visits in the city. Offered in fall semester.
ITL 201 Intermediate Italian I C1, C2, or
C elective
Continuation of ITL 101I and 102 or 200I. Equivalent of third semester Italian on most CSU campuses. Offered in fall and spring semesters.
ITL 202 Intermediate Italian II C1, C2, or
C elective
Continuation of ITL 201. Equivalent of fourth semester Italian on most CSU campuses. Offered in fall and spring semesters.
ITL 225 Intermediate Italian Conversation and Reading C1, C2, or
C elective
Supplements regular Italian grammar classes. Reading and comprehension of short stories, passages, newspapers and magazine articles lexical studies, creative writing, introduction, viewing and discussion of Italian movies. Designed to prepare students for concentration courses offered in Italian during spring semester. Focus will be on art, literature, cinema, and cultural and sociological aspects of Italian life. Includes short site visits in the city. Offered in fall semester.
ITL 301 Advanced Italian I C1, C2, or
C elective
Continuation of ITL 202. Vocabulary development and complex grammatical constructions. Translation of newspapers, magazines, films and books. Offered in spring semester.
ITL 302 Advanced Italian II C1, C2, or
C elective
Continuation of ITL 301I. Study of advanced grammar. Includes readings for comprehension of complex passages and translations as well as oral reports and written compositions. Offered in fall semester.
ITL 325 Advanced Italian Conversation and Reading C1, C2, or
C elective
Supplements regular Italian grammar classes. Reading and comprehension of short stories, passages, newspapers and magazine articles lexical studies, creative writing, introduction, viewing and discussion of Italian movies. Designed to prepare students for concentration courses offered in Italian during spring semester. Focus will be on art, literature, cinema, and cultural and sociological aspects of Italian life. Includes short site visits in the city. Offered in fall semester.
ITL 330 Advanced Syntax, Grammar C1, C2, or
C elective
Continuation of ITL 302. In depth study of Italian syntax and stylistics. Vocabulary development. Designed to develop deeper knowledge of various linguistic areas and usages through composition, translation, and study of Italian texts from literature, films, essays and literary textual analysis. Offered in spring semester.

Pre Approved GE Area C Courses for CSU IP Florence

These courses have been approved from Summer 2014 through Spring 2019.

COURSE PREFIX COURSE TITLE GE AREA CREDIT COURSE DESCRIPTION
ART 402 Medieval Art in Italy C3, C4, or C elective

Surveys Italian medieval art from 4th to 14th centuries. Focuses on the historical and cultural context of the works as well as in-depth knowledge of outstanding monuments of central Italian medieval art through on-site study. Includes visits to medieval monuments in Florence and its area, as well as field trips and site visits to Ravenna, Assisi, Bologna, Pisa, Rome and Lucca. Fees charged for site visits. Offered in fall semester.

(C4 credit not available for ARCH and ART majors)

ART 403 Early Renaissance Art in Italy C3, C4, or C elective

General survey of the development of Italian art, particularly Tuscan art, from the dawn of the Renaissance circa 1300 in the art of Giotto to its full flowering in the mid 1400s. Offered in fall semester.

(C4 credit not available for ART majors)

ART 404 Italian High Renaissance Art C3, C4, or C elective

Survey of Italian art in the period circa 1470-1530, concentrating on the High Renaissance and its genesis in the major centers of Florence, Rome and Northern Italy. The achievements of Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo are examined in detail. Taught in Italian. Offered in spring semester.

(C4 credit not available for ART majors)

ART 405 Italian Mannerist and Baroque Art C3, C4, or C elective

Survey of Italian Mannerist and Baroque painting, sculpture and architecture circa 1520-1680. Begins with the anti-classical early Mannerist style, examined in the context of political and religious crises; next covers the Baroque as it developed in reaction to the artificiality of late Mannerism; concludes with High Baroque where the focus is Rome, where the style arose largely through Bernini and the patronage of the Church. Includes on-site lectures in Florence and site visits to Bologna and Rome. Fees charged for site visits. Offered in spring semester.

(C4 credit not available for ARCH and ART majors)

ART 406 Florentine Architecture C3, C4, or C elective

After a survey of the Florentine architectural tradition circa 1000-1530, attention focuses on the creation of a Renaissance style. The achievements of Brunelleschi, Alberti, Palladio, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci are examined in detail. Special attention is also given to the development of important building types, such as the urban palace. Offered in fall semester.
(C4 credit not available for ARCH majors)

ART 410 20th Century Italian Art C3, C4, or C elective

The first section surveys major Italian artists and movements in 20th Century Italy, compared to those of Europe and America: Futurism, metaphysical art, the informal in the postwar years, Arte Povera and Transavanguardia. The second focuses on contemporary art in Florence and the magnetic power of Tuscany on artists from around the world and their influence on the region. Includes occasional site visits. Fees charged for site visits. Offered in spring semester.

(C4 credit not available for ART majors)

HCL 302 Classical Mythology and Religion C4 or C elective

Religious systems and myths of ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan cultures which have provided background for Western literary and cultural traditions for centuries. Focuses on mythology and religion in ancient Rome, and the use of myth in Roman literature such as Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

HCL 405 Etruscan and Roman Architecture C3, C4, or C elective

Focuses on Etruscan and Roman architecture with site visits to principal monuments of ancient Etruria and Rome. After brief historical introduction, examines Etruscan architecture: town planning, domestic and religious buildings, cemeteries and funerary architecture. Examines Etruscan techniques, materials, decorations and influences on Roman architecture. Examines the development of Roman architecture, techniques, materials and methods from Etruscan Rome through the Republic, the Age of Augustus, the Empire, including the architecture of the provinces. Offered in the spring semester. Fees charged for site visits. (Also offered as ARC 410 for Architecture students.)

(C4 credit not available for ARCH majors)

HCL 410 Latin Literature in Translation C1, C4, or C elective

Literary works of the ancient Romans in translation, focusing on major authors from Plautus to Augustine. Taught in Italian. Offered in the spring semester.

ITL 342 Italian Opera as Drama C3, C4, or C elective

The invention of opera as an art form in Florence and its principle stages of development in Italy. Selected operas by major composers, especially Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini. The relation of the text and the literary background to the music and production values. Attendance at one or more locally produced operas is required. Offered in fall semester.

(C4 credit not available for MU students?)

ITL 350 Italian Literature, 1100-1550 C1, C4, or C elective

Italian poetry and prose from its medieval origins through the Renaissance and 16th century in its social and historical context. Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Ariosto, Machiavelli, Michelangelo and Tasso are highlighted. The influence of major Italian writers on English and other literatures is also examined. Offered in fall semester.

(C4 credit not available for MLL majors)

ITL 351 Italian Literature, 1550-1900 C1, C4, or C elective

Italian poetry and prose from approximately the Counter-Reformation to the early 20th century as seen in its social and historical context. Major authors and movements such as Bruno, Galileo, the Arcadians, Basile, Vico, Goldoni, Alfieri, Foscolo, Leopardi, Manzoni, Pascoli, and Verga. The relation of Italian literature to literature in England, France and Germany in this period. Offered in spring semester.

(C4 credit not available for MLL majors)

ITL 352 Twentieth Century Italian Authors C1, C4, or C elective

Through literature this course explores the emergence of the Italian identity between 1900-1985. It looks at contemporary Italian novelists and how their works have defined Italian cultural and literary identity. Emphasis is given to important cultural debates in European literature and highlights the dialogue between Italian traditions and avant-garde perspectives. The course introduces students to several women writers and poets and investigates the issue of gender in contemporary Italian literature. This course analyses various language styles and writing techniques of the works discussed to enhance students’ critical competence, language comprehension and fluency. It requires regular written essays and in-class oral presentations. Taught in Italian. Offered in spring semester.

(C4 credit not available for MLL students?)

ITL 410 Dante's Divine Comedy C1, C4, or C elective

An intensive study of Dante’s masterpiece, with special emphasis on his relation to Florentine history. Also translation problems and Dante’s influence on later writers and filmmakers. Offered in spring semester.

(C4 credit not available for MLL majors)

ITL 412 The Idea of Italy in Literature and Film C4 or C elective

Literary texts and films based in Italy or with Italian themes and settings. Explores the evolving notion of Italy as an idea in the work of non-Italian authors and filmmakers, particularly English and American writers and directors. Topics may vary and might include the Gothic novel or current romanticized versions of life in Tuscany. Offered in fall semester.

Pre Approved GE Area D Courses for CSU IP Florence

These courses have been approved from Summer 2014 through Spring 2019.

COURSE PREFIX COURSE TITLE GE AREA CREDIT COURSE DESCRIPTION
HCL 401 History of Ancient Rome: The Republic D5

 

The political and social history of ancient Rome from its legendary origins to the outbreak of the Civil War in 49 BCE. Major institutions and prominent figures of the Republic. Excerpts from major republican authors such as Sallust and Cicero and imperial historians of the Republic such as Livy.
(D5 credit not available for HIST majors)

 

HCL 402 History of Ancient Rome: The Empire D5

The political and social history of ancient Rome from the time of Julius Caesar through the barbarian invasions to the time of Justinian. Major institutions and prominent figures. Excerpts from major authors of the period such as Suetonius and Tacitus. 

(D5 credit not available for HIST majors)

HCL 450 Etruscology D5

The civilization of the ancient Etruscans as revealed by the archaeological evidence of famous sites and on-going digs in central Italy. Relation of the archaeological evidence to the literary and legendary evidence. Basic methodology and principals of archaeology. Offered in the fall semester.

ITL 340 Italian Cinema D3 or D5

Significant Italian films from World War II to the present in order to analyze the complex relationship between cinema and society. Topics include the representation of “power cinema,” censorship, violence in film, the moral and ideological responsibility of cinema. Several films are viewed and discussed. Taught in Italian. Offered in spring semester.

SSC 301 History of the Italian Renaissance D5

A survey of Italian history from the age of Dante to the Counter-Reformation. Provides a basic understanding of the forces and processes that shaped the states and the societies of the peninsula in an era of extraordinary changes. Covers the main social, political, and economic phenomena and the principal cultural movements that shaped the country’s history. Offered in fall semester.

(D5 credit not available for HIST majors)

SSC 303 Political History of Modern Europe D3 or D5

European history during the 19thand 20thcenturies. Political and economic conditions leading to WWI and WWII, Development and evolution of modern European ideas, intellect and culture. Taught in Italian. Offered in spring semester.

(D5 credit not available for POLS majors)

SSC 310 European Political Systems D3 or D5

Provides the conceptual tools and the factual knowledge necessary for understanding political systems in western European democracies. Covers the historical determinants of Europe’s societal structure as a frame of reference for the study of Europe’s dominant governmental models and the development of European political parties and systems. Focuses on the political systems of the UK, France and Germany, and comparisons with the US model. Usually offered in spring semester but sometimes inverted with SSC 401 – Italian Politics and Society.

(D5 credit not available for POLS majors)

SSC 401 Italian Politics and Society D3 or D5

Provides students with the conceptual tools and the knowledge necessary for understanding the Italian political system. Covers the major historical determinants of Italy’s economic and institutional structure, as well as the major political actors and institutions, parliamentary system, elections, national and regional government, EU membership, political parties and interest groups. Usually offered in fall semester but sometimes inverted with SSC 310 - European Political Systems.

(D5 credit not available for POLS majors)

SSC 402 Major Political Thinkers: Machiavelli D5

Based on the reading of his masterpiece, The Prince, and on selected readings from The Discourses on the First Decade by Titus Livy, the aim is a full understanding of Machiavelli’s political thought using a direct, critical approach to primary sources. Particular attention is paid to Machiavelli’s cultural formation based on the classics, and to the Florentine and Italian historical context. Offered in fall semester.

(D5 credit not available for POLS majors)

SSC 410 The European Union D3 or D5

The course covers the main EU institutions: the Commission, the Parliament, the Council and the Court of Justice. Provides a historical overview and theoretical concepts of the integration process and important EU policies. Also examines the place of the EU in the world, in particular relations with the US and countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Offered in spring semester.

(D5 credit not available for POLS majors)

 

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