Study Abroad

Course Offerings

SPRING I (May 1-26) 2017

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 200 (*3) Natural Disasters (Faculty of Science)
Introduction to the physics of natural disasters. Topics to be discussed include: earthquakes; volcanoes; tsunami; meteorite impacts; hurricanes; tornadoes; long term climate change and more recent human induced global warming. The course will further explore the frequency and scale of natural disasters, mass extinction events, risk management and mitigation efforts. Field trips included are Amatrice and Gubbio. TBC field trips to Vesuvius and Florence. Prerequisites waived.

PALEO 412 (*3) Vertebrate Paleontology of Italy and the Surrounding Mediterranean Region
An examination of the fossil vertebrates of Italy and the surrounding Mediterranean. The course will focus on the last 250 million years of vertebrate evolution and the fossils and fossil localities as preserved in Italy and surrounding regions. Understanding of the vertebrate fossils of Italy will be covered through lectures, discussion, guest lectures from Italian paleontologists, and practical field trips to important fossil localities and local and national museums. Prerequisites waived.

School in Cortona Spring 1 2017  Class and Fieldtrip Timetable

Time

Monday

Wednesday

8:30-11:30

Caldwell

Caldwell

11:45-2:45

Dumberry

Dumberry

3:00-6:00

Raparelli

Raparelli

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

Class

Instructor

Dates

Location

 

PALEO 412

Vertebrate Paleontology of Italy and the Surrounding Mediterranean Region

Caldwell

May 4(Thursday)

May 11 (Thursday)

May 18 (Thursday)

Florence

Milan

Gubbio

INT D 200

Natural Disasters

Dumberry

May 9 (Tuesday)

May 13/14 (Sat/Sun)

May 19 (Tuesday)

 

Gubbio

Vesuvius/Pompeii

Norcia (or Assisi)

HIST 300

One Man Italy. Mussolini and the Fascist Regime

 

Raparelli

May 5 (Friday)

May 12 (Friday)

May 19 (Friday)

Rome

Perugia

Orvieto

 

SPRING II (May 29 – June 23) 2017

ALES 291 (*3) Mythical, Agricultural and Nutritional Origins of the Mediterranean Diet
An examination of the mythical origins of the food species that encompass the Mediterranean diet.  Nutritional aspects of these crops and a comparative analysis of health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and North American diet will be covered through lecture, discussion, and practical field trips to local farms and vineyards.  Prerequisites waived.

ART H211/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. 

INT D 425 (*3) Managing Across Borders and Cultures: Case Study on Tuscany (Approved Business course)
Are you interested in seeing the business behind operating a winery, designer label shoe production, or plant nurseries? This course builds solid foundations in international management which are applied both to empirical case studies and to a service learning project with a local Tuscan company.This course offers students the opportunity to work with a multinational company in Tuscany while putting into practice international management course material and theory. The relationship that develops with the local Italian business community provides the students with the opportunity to gain practical firsthand experience in working in Italy, sensitivity for the nuances of working in a diverse culture, and an appreciation for the challenges of managing in a global market economy. Prerequisites waived. Fieldtrips to Avignonesi Winery, Chocolate Factory, Calzaturificio Footwear Factory (where labels such as Dior, Burberry, and Tom Ford are manufactured), and Vivai Margheriti (one of Europe's leading plant nurseries).  

 School in Cortona Spring 2 2017  Class and Fieldtrip Timetable

Time

Monday

Wednesday

8:30-11:30

Mancini

Mancini

11:45-2:45

Spaner

Spaner

3:00-6:00

Pacioni

Pacioni

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

Class

Instructor

Dates

Location

 

INT D 425

Managing Across Borders and Cultures: Case Study on Tuscany

Mancini

June 1 (Thursday) 

June 8 (Thursday)

June 15 (Thursday)

Avignonesi

Chiusi Siena

Vestri Chocolate Factory + Arezzo

ALES 291

Mythical, Agricultural and Nutritional Origins of the Mediterranean Diet

Spaner

June 6 (Tuesday)

June 13 (Tuesday)

June 20 (Tuesday)

 

 

TBA when available

ART H211/INT D 325

The Renaissance City

Pacioni

June 2 (Friday)

June 9 (Friday)

June 16 (Friday)

Florence

Siena

Arezzo

 

Winter 2018 (January 9 – March 14)

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.

HADVC 211 (formerly 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 traveled to Italy and contributed to establish the aesthetical paradigm of the Italian landscape with its archaeological 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.

 

Past Course Offerings: 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.

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

9:00-10:30

ART H 211

Celani

Pol S 354

Raparelli

ART H 211

Celani

Pol S 354

Raparelli

10:45-12:15

CLASS 478

Celani

CLASS 478

Celani

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

HIST 300

Pacioni

CLASS399

Gualtieri

HIST 300

Pacioni

CLASS399

Gualtieri

 Field Trips

Class

Instructor

Dates

Location

 

ART H 211

Survey of Italian Art

 

Celani

January 13

January 20

Assisi

Orvieto

CLASS 399

Archaeology of Ancient Italy: From Greeks to Romans

 

Gualtieri

February 17-18

 

March 3-4

 

Paestum and

Rocca Gloriosa

Pompeii and Herculaneum

 

CLASS 478

Themes in Roman Imperial Art.

Faces Bodies Spaces

 

Celani

January 27

Rome

HIST 300

The Grand Tour: European culture toward Italian landscape and arts

Pacioni

February 3

February 10

Rome

Florence

INT 125 D

Topics in Italian studies: Modern Italy studied through its cultural context and forms of expression

 

Bondi

January 28

February 11

Siena

Chiusi

INT D 325

The Renaissance City

 

Pacioni

February 3

February 10

Rome

Florence

 

POL S 354

Modern Italian Politics and Society

 

Raparelli

February 24

Rome