Study Abroad

Course Offerings

Fall 2016 (October 3 – December 9)

Please note that the syllabi and field trips associated with the courses are subject to change depending on unforeseen emergencies and extraordinary current events. It is recommended that students limit any extensive travel plans to before the start of or after the end of the academic schedule. Due to the intensive nature of the School in Cortona, it is expected that students participate in all the classes in which they are registered and associated field trips. More than one absence from a class could result in a participation mark of zero.

ART H 211 (*3) Survey of Italian Art 
An introduction to the main themes in Italian art. Classes lectures and field visits will cover a period of time that lasts from the 4th century to the  middle of the 16th century. Art as a whole will be approached through frescoes, sculpture and architecture. Students will also be introduced to the main theories and interpretations of art from the Renaissance to present. A brief political history of the period will be presented, in order to set the artists and their works in their context. Field trips will cover the main art cities near Cortona: Perugia and Assisi, Orvieto. Prerequisites waived. 

CLASS 399 (*3) The Archaeology of Ancient Italy: From Greeks to Romans 
A survey of the archaeology of ancient Italy from ca. 800 BC to 200 AD. We will study the architecture and material culture of the Greek colonies in Southern Italy, the Etruscan culture in Central Italy, the indigenous people in the inland areas of Italy and the Romans who unified all of Italy. One weekend field trip to the Greek and then Roman colony at Poseidonia/Paestum and to the Roman cities of Pompei and Herculaneum. Prerequisites waived. Prerequisites waived. 

CLASS 478 (*3) Themes in Roman Imperial Art. Faces Bodies Spaces 
This course will go through the main themes in Roman Imperial Art: the face, the body, the space. Students will explore: the intimate dimension of the house, the public sphere of the political appearance, the exposed human body.  The visual representation of nature will be analyzed as a complement to the celebration of Roman civilization and power. Field trips to Spoleto and Rome will offer the opportunity to visit some of the major Italian collections of Roman Art. Prerequisites waived.    

HIST 300 (*3) One Man Italy. Mussolini and the Fascist Regime 
The course provides a critical and comprehensive overview of the main themes regarding Italian Fascism. While retaining a Europe-wide perspective throughout, we will explore in particular depth the Mussolini's regime. The analysis will combine an inquiry of its historical context with a critical examination of different sources such as literature, film, art, etc... The influence of Fascist ideals on Italian post-war politics will also be considered. Field trip to Rome. Prerequisites waived.

INT D 125  (*3) Introduction to Italian Language and Culture  
This course will give you the basic skills to communicate effectively in your daily interactions and travel while also introducing you to Italian culture to provide a better appreciation of the similarities and differences between Italy and Canada.  Not open to students with credit in ITAL 111/112 or any higher level Italian course. Prerequisites waived. 

INT D 325  (*3) The Renaissance City
A study of the elements that contributed to the conception and construction of the Italian Renaissance city, focusing on the changes in medieval cities before and after the Black Plague and on the new architectonic elements of the Renaissance such as squares, gardens, palaces, villas, aqueducts, fountains, open galleries, public monuments, domes, theaters in order to follow the social and urban evolution of cities such as Florence, Rome, including the ideal cities that have been built or only planned. Urban spaces and their usages by different social groups  in terms of gender differences are discussed. Prerequisites waived. 

POL S 354 (*3) Modern Italian Politics and Society  
An overview of Italy’s major socio-political, cultural and economic themes over the past 50 years: the parties system during the Cold War and the rise of populist movements, the process of personalization of politics and how the European Integration Process has affected the national politics under the so called “Second Republic”; the Catholic Church’s influence on social habits and politics (including bioethical matters and on family/gender relations); organized crime and its interaction with national politics; the transformation from a country of emigration into a country of immigration. Field trip to Rome. Prerequisites waived. 

School in Cortona Fall 2016 Class and Fieldtrip Timetable

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

9:00-10:30

ART H 211

Celani

HIST 300

Raparelli

ART H 211

Celani

HIST 300

Raparelli

10:45-12:15

CLASS 478

Celani

Pol S354

Raparelli

CLASS 478

Celani

Pol S354

Raparelli

12:30-2:00

INT D 125

Bondi

INT D 125

Bondi

INT D 125

Bondi

INT D 125

Bondi

2:15-3:45

INT D 325

Pacioni

INT D 325

Pacioni

4:00-5:30

 

CLASS 399

Gaultieri

 

CLASS 399

Gaultieri

 

Field Trips (NOTE: Subject to change pending local and current circumstances)

Class

Instructor

Dates

Location

 

ART H 211

Survey of Italian Art

 

Celani

October 21 (Friday)

October 28 (Friday)

Orvieto

Assisi

 

CLASS 399

Archaeology of Ancient Italy: From Greeks to Romans

 

Gaultieri

November 4/5

(Friday and Saturday)

November 24/25

(Thursday and Friday)

 

Paestum and

Rocca Gloriosa

Pompeii and Herculaneum

 

CLASS 478

Themes in Roman Imperial Art.

Faces Bodies Spaces

 

Celani

October 14 (Friday)

Rome

HIST 300

One Man Italy. Mussolini and the Fascist Regime

 

Raparelli

December 2 (Friday)

Rome

INT D 125

Introduction to Italian Language and Culture

 

Bondi

 

 

INT D 325

The Renaissance City

 

Pacioni

November 11 (Friday)

November 18 (Friday)

Florence

Arezzo

 

POL S 354

Modern Italian Politics and Society

 

Raparelli

December 2 (Friday)

Rome

 

Winter 2017 (January 9 - March 15)

Please note that the syllabi and field trips associated with the courses are subject to change depending on unforeseen emergencies and extraordinary current events. It is recommended that students limit any extensive travel plans to before the start of or after the end of the academic schedule. Due to the intensive nature of the School in Cortona, it is expected that students participate in all the classes in which they are registered and associated field trips. More than one absence from a class could result in a participation mark of zero.

ART H 211 (*3) Survey of Italian Art  
An introduction to the main themes in Italian art. Classes lectures and field visits will cover a period of time that lasts from the 4th century to the  middle of the 16th century. Art as a whole will be approached through frescoes, sculpture and architecture. Students will also be introduced to the main theories and interpretations of art from the Renaissance to present. A brief political history of the period will be presented, in order to set the artists and their works in their context. Field trips will cover the main art cities near Cortona: Perugia and Assisi, Orvieto. Prerequisites waived. 

CLASS 399 (*3) The Archaeology of Ancient Italy: From Greeks to Romans 
A survey of the archaeology of ancient Italy from ca. 800 BC to 200 AD. We will study the architecture and material culture of the Greek colonies in Southern Italy, the Etruscan culture in Central Italy, the indigenous people in the inland areas of Italy and the Romans who unified all of Italy. One weekend field trip to the Greek and then Roman colony at Poseidonia/Paestum and to the Roman cities of Pompei and Herculaneum. Prerequisites waived. 

CLASS 478 (*3) Themes in Roman Imperial Art. Faces, Bodies, Spaces

This course will go through the main themes in Roman Imperial Art: the face, the body, the space. Students will explore: the intimate dimension of the house, the public sphere of the political appearance, the exposed human body.  The visual representation of nature will be analyzed as a complement to the celebration of Roman civilization and power. Field trips to Spoleto and Rome will offer the opportunity to visit some of the major Italian collections of Roman Art. Prerequisites waived.    

HIST 300 (*3) The Grand Tour European Culture toward the Italian Landscape and Arts
The course  considers the main elements of the Grand Tour and its cultural and political elaborations in Europe, focusing on significant works of artists and writers mostly from the 18th and 19th century who travelled to Italy and contributed to establish the aesthetical paradigm of the Italian landscape with its archeological sites, the cities, the monuments, and the habits of local populations. The previous heritage of Italian humanists to the Grand Tour and its later transformations into the pop-culture of modern tourism will be considered. Prerequisites waived. 

INT D 125 (*3) Introduction to Italian Language and Culture 
This course will give you the basic skills to communicate effectively in your daily interactions and travel while also introducing you to Italian culture to provide a better appreciation of the similarities and differences between Italy and Canada. Not open to students with credit in ITAL 111/112 or any higher level Italian course. 

INT D 325  (*3) The Renaissance City 
A study of the elements that contributed to the conception and construction of the Italian Renaissance city, focusing on the changes in medieval cities before and after the Black Plague and on the new architectonic elements of the Renaissance such as squares, gardens, palaces, villas, aqueducts, fountains, open galleries, public monuments, domes, theaters in order to follow the social and urban evolution of cities such as Florence, Rome, including the ideal cities that have been built or only planned. Urban spaces and their usages by different social groups  in terms of gender differences are discussed.Prerequisites waived. 

POL S 354 (*3) Modern Italian Politics and Society
 
An overview of Italy’s major socio-political, cultural and economic themes over the past 50 years: the parties system during the Cold War and the rise of populist movements, the process of personalization of politics and how the European Integration Process has affected the national politics under the so called “Second Republic”; the Catholic Church’s influence on social habits and politics (including bioethical matters and on family/gender relations); organized crime and its interaction with national politics; the transformation from a country of emigration into a country of immigration. Field trip to Rome. Prerequisites waived.