English-taught courses at the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies (2021 Winter Term 2)

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Did you know we offer many courses that are taught in English, have no prerequisites, and are open to students from all backgrounds? Most of them even fulfill the literature requirement for the Bachelor of Arts!

Explore the following courses that are offered this Winter Term 2 (January 2022 – April 2022). It’s not too late to register!


Milano Fashion Week & Design, 02/2011 | Source: Flickr (Mat's Eye)

ITST 110: Creativity at the Service of Form, Aesthetics and Beauty

Explore what makes Italian creativity and style highly recognizable across the globe, how these distinctive cultural traits came about and what they teach us about the power of form, aesthetics and beauty at a local and transnational level.


ITST 232: Introduction to Italian Culture II (Modern to the Post-Colonial Age)

Fulfills the literature requirement of the Bachelor of Arts.

Cross-listed with ITAL 304.

After an introduction on Unification, the rise and fall of Fascism, WWI, and WWII, this course aims to familiarize students with major political and historical events, and cultural trends from the post-World War II period to the present moment.


ITST 333: Masterpieces of the Novella in Italian Literature

Fulfills the literature requirement of the Bachelor of Arts.

Journey into the hearts and minds of Italians by reading seven novellas that show how, when and where Italians are at their best, worst, and most authentic.


ITST 419: From Covid-19 to the Black Death: Pandemics and Epidemics in Italian Literature and Culture

Fulfills the literature requirement of the Bachelor of Arts.

Examine four key pandemics and epidemics in Italian history that have inspired literary and cultural outputs of exceptional quality—from the Black Death to the COVID-19 pandemic and more.


LAST 201: Popular Culture in Latin America

Fulfills the literature requirement of the Bachelor of Arts.

Explore various manifestations of popular culture that contributed to build national identities in contemporary Latin America—including cinema, art, social movements, sports, and more—in connection to fundamental concepts, such as race/ethnicity, gender, cultural politics, hybridity/transculturation, and globalization.


PORT 405: Amazonia

Fulfills the literature requirement of the Bachelor of Arts.

Explore pressing environmental and cultural issues of our time through the study of the Amazon rainforest as it is represented in literature, films and media.


RMST 202: Literatures and Cultures of the Romance World II (Modern to Post-Modern)

Fulfills the literature requirement of the Bachelor of Arts.

Romance Studies emerges when tradition is infiltrated and overthrown by the everyday speech of a nameless multitude. Explore novels originally written in French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese by authors who pushed the limits, questioned the past, and broke free to construct something new.


RMST 300: History of the Romance Languages

An introduction to the historical description and linguistic comparison of Romance languages, from the variants of late-Antiquity spoken Latin to the modern varieties of Romance languages.


La Belle Dame sans Merci by John William Waterhouse (1893)

RMST 321: Tales of Love and Adventure: King Arthur and the Matter of Britain in Medieval French Literature

Fulfills the literature requirement of the Bachelor of Arts.

Cross-listed with MDVL 301.

Was King Arthur really in control of his realm? Why was it so important for his knights to find the Grail? Who was the greatest Knight of the Round Table? Why is love so crucial in Arthurian stories? Was the “damsel in distress” cliché as prevalent as we believe in medieval literature? These are just some of the questions that will be explored in this course.