ITAL 30. Upper-Level Italian: Italiano in Verde: Sustainability Issues in the Italian Classroom




  • Professor: Chiara Trebaiocchi
  • Term: Spring
  • Day: T, Th
  • Time: 10:30-11:45AM
  • School: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Course ID: 128266
  • Subject Area: Romance Languages & Literatures

This course revisits structures, refines speaking and writing skills, and advances critical linguistic exchanges through the discussion of environmental, cultural, economic, and social issues of sustainability. Through the interpretation of films, novels, short stories, newspaper articles, podcasts, maps, and comics, you will be empowered to discuss such topics, relevant both for the Italian discourse and on a global scale, while revisiting and expanding vocabulary and reviewing grammar in context. Class discussions will encourage the interpretation, analysis, and discussion of current media (advertisements, documentaries, social media, and articles) on climate change, the slow food movement, environmental justice, sustainable tourism, migration and activism. Assignments (oral presentations, weekly written essays, short video recordings) are designed to advance discussions of Italian culture, introduce you to contemporary spoken and written Italian language (i.e., colloquial language), and refine fluency and pronunciation.

Notes: Conducted in Italian. May not be taken Pass/Fail, but may be taken Sat/Unsat by GSAS students. Not open to auditors. This course is taught by members of the Department.

Recommended Prep: Italian 20; a score of 601-680 on the SAT II test or the Harvard Placement test, or a score of 4 on the Italian AP exam; or permission of course head.