College of Arts and Sciences
Chairperson's Application for Approval of a New Course
DATE: October 9, 2006
TO: CAS Academic Dean
FROM: Susana Cavallo
DEPARTMENT: MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
1. PROPOSED NEW COURSE:
Course Number: LITR 252
Credit Hours: 3
Course Title: Italian Film History
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Course Number: INTS 252/ IFMS 250
Maximum number of hours that a student may earn in this course 3
Maximum number of times that a student may take this course for new credit
Course Title: Italian Film History
Signature(s) of Concurring Chairperson (on original forms): Date
3. PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING REGARDING THIS PROPOSED NEW COURSE:
What, if any, will be the prerequisites for this course? No
Will it be a prerequisite for any other course?
Will it be required for the major?
Should any course presently offered be dropped? No
List all courses in all departments with similar or overlapping content:
Date or term in which this new course becomes effective:
Which full-time faculty members will be prepared to teach or supervise this course? Wiley Feinstein in Chicago and
Flaminio Di Biagi in Rome
Are available material resources (e.g., library, laboratory) adequate for the course? Yes
Are adequate resources available in the library? (Yes or No)
If no, approximate cost of obtaining sufficient resources:
Signature of Bibliographer (on original form): Date
Explain briefly the writing component of this course.
Has this course been offered as a special topics course?
If yes, how many times?
4. REASONS FOR ADDING THIS, COURSE:
The course is important in the Italian section offerings in both Chicago and Rome. Flaminio Di Biagi is a specialist in Italian
film and Wiley Feinstein has been actively teaching in this area since 1995.
5. CATALOG DESCRIPTION OF NEW COURSE: (Include a one sentence description of the course, and a one or
two sentence description of the course outcome. The total should be about 50 words.)
This course will focus on major Italian films in order to give students an overview of the development of representative Italian
filmmakers studied in the historical and societal context. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of film art in the
Italian 20th and 21st century cultural traditions.
6. PLEASE INCLUDE A SYLLABUS (and bibliography, if available).
7. 7. SIGNATURES: (on original form)
Academic Council Representative Date
Academic Dean Date
Registrar's Approval of Course Number Date
After approval has been given, and the course added to the Title Database, this form will be returned to the Academic Dean
who will forward it to the chairperson of the initiating department.
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO
Modern Languages & Literatures Department
ITALIAN FILM Professor: Wiley Feinstein
Fall 2006 (1062) Office Hours: MW10-11, TH 2:30-3:30
M 1:40-3:30 WF 1:40 – 2:30 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
DH 338A Phone: 773-508-2868
ITALIAN FILM: THE POLITICAL, SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION OF ITALY: 1945-2003
This course will study Italian films from World War II to the present. During the first part of the course we will examine the three
neorealist classics: Rome Open City, The Bicycle Thief and La Terra Trema. Next we, will examine “auteur” films from the 1960s
by art-film directors Fellini (La Dolce Vita) and Bertolucci. The second half of the course will feature films from the last fifteen
years by (mostly) directors such as Benigni Soldini. and Ozpetek. The course will also consider the problem of the adaptation of two
literary works by Alberto Moravia: Two Women and The Conformist and will also show how reading Italian novels can help viewers
understand the historical background and context of some famous films.
1. To learn about some aspects of Italy’s political, economic, social and cultural history during the past 60 years.
2. To learn how to analyze films as representations of political, social and economic history and to consider the various biases that
affect such representations
3.To learn how to analyze Italian films in relation to major Italian literary works.
4. To appreciate and enjoy Italian art films
5. To provide opportunities for students to pursue their own intellectual and cultural interests - - in relation to other international
studies courses and work done in their majors or other core courses
LOYOLA CORE CURRICULUM LEARNING OUTCOMES IN KNOWLEDGE AREAS AND SKILL OBJECTIVES:
1. ARTISTIC AND LITERARY KNOWLEDGE Competencies:
1. Study of key Italian films and novels as a means of exploring human experience as shaped by cultural and societal factors in Italy
and understanding the creative process.
2. Demonstrate visual literacy- understanding how films use images to convey key ideas and understanding how key scenes in films
become national and international culture (e.g. the final sequence of the Bicycle Thief)
3. To explore the complex relationship between Italian films and the literary novels on which they are based.
4. Acquire the critical and technical vocabulary enabling them to describe and analyze, and formulate an argument about films (and
5 Examine multiple interpretive possibilities of Italian films and know that such interpretations both reflect the culture that produced
them and change over time.
6. Acquire collaborative skills through group problem solving and negotiation. Students work together on class presentations in which
films or novels are summarized, analyzed, discussed in relation to the film tradition.
II. SOCIETAL KNOWLEDGE Competencies:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships among cultural, economic, political, and social forces, and their impact on
behavior of Italian of different classes and backgrounds
2 Demonstrate an understanding of the components of Italian society and culture,
3. Demonstrate an understanding of differences of class, gender, and race in Italian society and understand the political struggles
between classes, between men and
4 Demonstrate an understanding of how Italians conceive of themselves in relation to family and society.
III SKILL OBJECTIVES: CRITICAL THINKING
1. Comprehend, paraphrase, summarize, and contextualize the meaning of Italian films and Italian novels and of texts that the discuss
the Italian literary of film traditions
2. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of varying points of view about Italian films and Italian novels and about Italian authors and
directors and the meaning of their works
3. Generate new ideas, hypotheses, opinions, theories, questions, and proposals in relation to the study of Italian literature and film
and of how novels and films reflect a changing Italian society; and develop strategies for seeking and synthesizing information to
support an argument, make a decision, or resolve a problem.
4. Construct cases, adapted to appropriate audiences, contexts, fora, and media, in support of reasoned judgments, and to engage in a
process of argument and counterargument in order to express and test those judgments.
Alberto Moravia: Two Women
Alberto Moravia: The Conformist
RECOMMENDED TEXT: Millicent Marcus: Italian Film in the Light of Neorealism (Princeton UP)
REQUIRED ENTRIES IN ON-LINE FORUMS (5 TOTAL)- BASED ON GUIDELINES 25%
QUIZZES BASED ON VIEWING OF FILMS (AND READING OF NOVELS (FIVE-TOTAL) 25%
FINAL PRESENTATION 20%
MIDTERM EXAM 10%
FINAL EXAM 20%
ACADEMIC HONESTY: University standards of academic honesty must be respected. All written work that you hand in must be
your own and all sources (including material found on the Internet) must be fully cited.
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES: SCREENINGS, FORUMS, QUIZZES, AND PRESENTATIONS
AUG 28: Rossellini- Open City
AUG 30: GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO COURSE
SEPT 1: ITALIAN FILM DURING THE POSTWAR PERIOD
SEPT 4: LABOR DAY
SEPT 6: Discussion of Open City/ Preparation of Forum
SEPT 8: Forum 1: Open City
SEPT 11: Screening of De Sica's Open City
SEPT 13: Lecture/ Discussion of De Sica
SEPT 15: Quiz on Open City and Bicycle Thief
SEPT 18: Screening of Visconti's La terra trema
SEPT 20: Lecture/ Discussion on Visconti
SEPT 22: Assignment: Second forum- La terra trema vs Bicycle
SEPT 25: Introduction to reading of Moravia's Two Women
SEPT 27: Reading of Moravia's Two Women
SEPT 29: Quiz on Moravia's Two Women
OCT 2: Screening of De Sica's Two Women
OCT 4: Lecture/discussion of De Sica
OCT 6: Forum 3: Two Women: Novel vs. Film
OCT 9: MIDSEMESTER BREAK
OCT 11: Review for Midterm
OCT 13: Midterm
OCT 16: Screening of Fellini's La Dolce Vita
OCT 18: Lecture discussion of Fellini/ Auteur Cinema part 1
OCT 20: Lecture discussion of Fellini/Auteur Cinema part 2
OCT 23 Introduction to reading of Moravia's The Conformist
OCT 25: Discussion of Conformist: Film vs Novel
OCT 27: Quiz on Moravia's The Conformist
OCT 30 Screening of The Conformist
NOV 1: Lecture/ Discussion of Conformist: Film vs Novel
NOV 3: Forum 4 on The Conformist: Bertolucci's film vs. Moravia's novel
NOV 6: Screening of Benigni's Il mostro
NOV 8: Lecture/ Discussion on Benigni/ Il mostro
NOV 10: Quiz on Benigni's Il mostro
NOV 13 Screening of Soldini's Pane e Tulipani
NOV 15: Lecture/ Discussion of Soldini
NOV 17: Forum 5 on Soldini and Benigni
NOV 20 : Screening of Ozpetek's Le fate ignoranti
NOV 22/24: Thanksgiving Breadk
NOV 27: Screening of Virzi's Catherine in the Big City
NOV 29: Begin final group presentations
DEC 1: Continue final presentations
DEC 4: Continue final presentations
DEC 6: Continue final presentations
DEC 8: Review for Final
FINAL EXAM: MONDAY DECEMBER 18 : 1-3