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Study Abroad:  Summer Program in Rome

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Courses Offered

Participants must register for two courses. Credits are expressed in semester hours; a three credit course is equivalent to 45 formal teaching hours. Grades based on examinations and class performance are awarded by the teaching staff. Class attendance is required.

Language Courses

 
FSI 111, 112: Elementary Italian I and II (4 credits each)
An introduction to spoken and written Italian, stressing pronunciation, speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing. Selected texts will be read. No previous study of Italian required.
 
FSI 211, 212: Intermediate Italian I and II
An intermediate course in the reading and discussion of selected Italian texts. An intensive grammar review will offer an opportunity to develop conversational ability.
Prerequisites: Completion of Elementary sequence courses in Italian
 
FSI 311: Conversation and Composition
Emphasis on oral expression and communication. Development of oral and written expression through materials from the humanities, the social sciences and other fields. Review of grammar and development of vocabulary. Focus on different aspects of Italian culture. Oral exposť and work on pronunciation of Italian.
Prerequisites: ITL 201 or ITL 212 (For non-Stony Brook students: completion of Intermediate sequence courses in Italian)
 
FSI 312: Composition and Introduction to Literary Analysis
Emphasis on written expression. Close reading, discussion and analysis of short texts. Designed to develop and improve writing skills. Review of grammar, working on increasing literary vocabulary and the language of literary analysis.
Prerequisites: ITL 201 or ITL 212 (for non-Stony Brook students: completion of Intermediate sequence courses in Italian)
 
FSI 440: The Italian Scene
The reality of Italy and the Italian people through a study of the evolution of the historical, cultural, political, and social character of the nation.
Prerequisites: ITL 311 and 312 (for non-Stony Brook students: completion of six semesters of language study in Italian)
 

Literature and Culture Courses

FSI 441: Free Seminar
A seminar built around a theme such as "Cities in Italian Literature," "Women in Italian Literature," "Money, Sex in Contemporary Italian Literature," "Sensuality and Sin in the Italian Short Story." A detailed description of the seminar may be obtained from the Office of International Programs.
Prerequisites: ITL 311 and 312 (for non-Stony Brook students: completion of six semesters of language study in Italian)
 
FSI 447: Independent Reading in Italian
A project designed by the student involving reading and research in Italian literature under the supervision of a faculty member.
Prerequisites: ITL 311 and 312 (for non-Stony Brook students: completion of six semesters of language study in Italian)

Note: Graduate courses may also be available. Stony Brook students enrolled in the Italian program need prior permission. See your academic adviser.

Culture Courses

FSI 299: Modern Italy (in English)
A survey of contemporary Italy and its political, social and economic structure, as well as the study of cultural life and institutions with comparisons to American models and standards. The course will address topics such as: "The Italian family today," "Racism in Italy," "Women and gender role in Italian Society," "Secularization of Italian Society."
FSI 440: The Italian Scene (in Italian)
The reality of Italy and the Italian people through a study of the evolution of the historical, cultural, political, and social character of the nation.

Art History and Studio Courses

Art courses will be taught in English and will include visits to museums, monuments, and historical sites.

FSI 210: Art of Italian Renaissance
An introduction to the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Italian Renaissance, from the early 15th-century to the mid-16th-century, considering the works of such artists as Masaccio, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Giorgione, and others. The students have the opportunity to study the works both through class lectures and through field trips to museums, churches, and sites, in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Siena, Padua, Venice, and Tivoli.
 
FSI 150: Drawings
A studio course which introduces students to drawing with emphasis upon the description of form through the means of line, shade, and perspective. Investigation of a variety of media as well as basic stylistic alternatives is encouraged. The travelogues for workshops outdoors will designate certain "step" criteria for out of door references and source material.
 
FSI 487: Independent Reading and Research in Arts (1 to 6 credits)
A project designed by the student involving reading, research, or field work in Art history or criticism conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.

Music

Music courses will be taught in English and require attendance to concerts and musical performances.

FSI 203: History of Italian Music
A survey of styles, traditions, and personalities that have made Italian music life through the ages. The course will trace the development of music in Italy from Roman Chants to the experiments of today's musicians. Important cities such as Venice, Cremona, Siena, and their contributions will discussed. The birth and development of Opera in Italy will be especially emphasized.
 
FSI 169: Classical Guitar
This course offers the student intensive daily instruction in all aspects of guitar performance. Musically, stylistic and technical accuracy, memory and practice habits will be discussed. Ensemble classes will address the problems peculiar to ensemble playing: sight reading. Communication with members of the ensemble, and the art of playing an accompaniment. Repertory will be prepared for public performance which will be held in places of cultural interest throughout Rome. Course open to music majors and, enrollment permitting, to other students with serious interest in music. Audition "tape or live" by permission of instructor.