Winter 2020 Courses

All courses are eligible for the Faculty of Arts European Studies Certificate. 

INT D 225 Capstone seminar: critical thinking, creativity and complexity
All students take this core seminar at Cortona which draws themes from all of the courses and provides students with an opportunity to develop core skills of critical thinking, problem solving, writing, inquiry-based learning and dealing with complexity.  This course features guest speakers in a mentorship series. 

INT D 125 Getting by and getting around in Italian: language and culture
Through this introduction to Italian culture, you will gain the basic skills to communicate effectively in your daily interactions and a better appreciation of the similarities and differences between Italy and Canada. You will also gain an appreciation of modern Italian culture. Learn about the ‘real’ Italy and how to not only survive but thrive as you go to classes. Field trips will be to Siena and Chiusi. 

HADVC 211 Italian Renaissance City: Arts, Society, Environment
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 be to Rome and Florence. Prerequisites waived. 

CLASS 299 The Archaeology of Ancient Italy
Surveying Ancient Italy from ca. 800 BC to 200 AD, this course includes field trips to a number of key archaeological sites and a discussion of the main cultures of Ancient Italy: the Greek colonies in Southern Italy, the Etruscans in Central Italy, the indigenous people in inland areas, and the Romans who unified all of Italy. Ancient Italy’s influence in the foundation of the Renaissance, the concept of Western Civilization and the present-day Italy will be discussed. 
Through visits to the Cortona Arcaeological Museum and nearby archaeological sites such as Tarquinia, Pompeii and Herculaneum, students will learn how, what and why modern societies remember through museums and of the use and restoration of ancient sites today.  Prerequisites waived.  

POLS 299 Citizenship for Democracy
What is the role of citizens in democracy? This course takes students from the Roman Republic, the nation-building project of Italian unification, through Mussolini’s Italy, partisan resistance, European Union membership and today’s polarized populism. Prerequisites waived. Field trips are planned for Rome and Lucca. 

Note: field trip locations are subject to change.