Spring 2020 Courses

Spring I

INT D 425 International Business Management
The course gives students a solid foundation in international management, applied both to empirical case studies and to the local Italian business community.   This course offers students the opportunity to visit companies in Tuscany while putting into practice international management course material and theory.  Through interaction with the local Italian business community, students will have the opportunity to gain first-hand insights into working in Italy, a sensitivity for the nuances of working in a different culture, and an appreciation for the challenges of managing in a global market economy. No pre-requisites.


POLS 486 Globalization and nationalism: Italy and the EU 

Italy is one of the original member states of the European Union. This course gives students a foundation in how the European Union works and examines Italy’s relationship with the EU, the impact of its EU membership, and some of its key EU policy conflicts, such as EMU and migration. The examination of Italy’s EU membership is placed in the context of broader questions, such as why countries pursue supranational integration and how they balance the desire for sovereignty with the need for cooperation beyond their borders, through a lens of Italian history of fragmentation and unification, ranging from the Roman empire to 19th century Risorgimento to the present day. Pre-requisites waived.


KRLS 497 Gioa & Positività:  Joy and Positivity, Italian Style
This course provides both theoretical and empirical components as it explores joy and positivity. Joy is a distinct positive emotion that can be distinguished from more fleeting moods and emotions, and can be seen as a key constituent of well-being. Joy tends to be on everyone’s list of positive emotions, and yet is the one least studied. The goal of the study of positivity is to increase the amount of flourishing in your own life and on the planet. Based on the latest in applied positive psychology with specific attention to the role of positive emotions in flourishing and thriving, this course will take advantage of the wonderful natural, artistic and culinary offerings of Cortona and the surrounding area. 


HIST 300 Grand Tour: Traveling into Italian History, Arts, and Landscapes

This course considers the main elements of the “Grand Tour,” a historical trip across the main centres of Europe undertaken to gain an appreciation of culture such as architecture, language, and art. The Tour’s cultural and political elaborations in Europe will be examined with a focus on significant works of artists and writers mainly from the 18th and 19th century who traveled to Italy. These works contributed to the aesthetical paradigm of the Italian landscape with its archaeological sites, cities, monuments, and 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.


Spring II 2020

POLS 354 Populism and Democracy 
This course examines the rise of populism and the forces that drive it, drawing from examples across the world and with a special emphasis on the Italian case.  What is populism and what drives it? Does populism rescue democracy or endanger it?  The course seeks to understand populism within the broader historical context of the development of modern democracy in Italy and beyond. What is the relationship between the effectiveness of the state, trust and democracy? How has democracy broken down in the past in Italy?  What sustains a healthy democracy? Pre-requisites waived. 


SOC 402 NGO Governance and Management
The emergence of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as formal actors in civil society has been a relatively recent phenomenon. This course examines the organizational features, stakeholder relationships, and the major topics of engagement contemporary NGOs confront. 
Why are certain NGOs more successful in local and global environments than others? What challenges do NGOs face and what tools can they use in response to adapt?  We will engage with local, national and international NGOs located in Italy to bring the practice of NGOs to life. Pre-requisites waived. 


HADVC 211 Italian Renaissance City: Arts, Society, Environment
This course offers 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 architectural elements of the Renaissance, including squares, gardens, palaces, villas, aqueducts, fountains, open galleries, public monuments, domes and theatres. We will follow the social and urban evolution of cities such as Florence and Rome, including the ideal cities that have been built or only planned. Urban spaces and their usage by different social groups in terms of gender differences will be discussed. Field trips will include trips to Rome and Florence. Prerequisites waived. 


All courses include field trips.