Study Abroad

Course Offerings

Winter 2018 (January 9 – March 14)

All School in Cortona courses include field trips. 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 is about Art and the Roman Empire. It investigates the relations between power and images as a fundamental part of our culture, ancient and modern. It covers the main areas where these connections have been more effective and evident: the human body, the portrait, the architecture, the nature. Constant links to the present are the core of the course. Films, documentaries, works of contemporary artists will be put in relation with Roman images and habits. Students will acquire a deeper perception of our own world by exploring how and how much was it forged in the dominion 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. 

Winter 2018 Class Schedule 

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

9:00-10:30

ART H 211

Alessandro Celani

 

ART H 211

Alessandro Celani

 

10:45-12:15

CLASS 478

Alessandro Celani

CLASS 478

Alessandro Celani

12:30-2:00

INT D 125

Roberto Bondi

INT D 125

Roberto Bondi

INT D 125

Roberto Bondi

INT D 125

Roberto Bondi

2:15-3:45

INT D 325

Marco Pacioni

INT D 325

Marco Pacioni

4:00-5:30

HIST 300

Marco Pacioni

CLASS399

Maurizio Gualtieri

HIST 300

Marco Pacioni

CLASS399

Maurizio Gualtieri

 

Field Trips

Class

Professor

Dates

Location

ART H 211

Survey of Italian Art

Celani

January 12

January 19

Orvieto

Rome

CLASS 399

Archaeology of Ancient Italy: From Greeks to Romans

 

Gualtieri

February 16-17

 

March 2-3

Paestum and

Rocca Gloriosa

Pompeii and Herculaneum

CLASS 478

Themes in Roman Imperial Art.Faces Bodies Spaces

Celani

January 19

January 26

Rome

Perugia

HIST 300

The Grand Tour: European culture toward Italian landscape and arts

Pacioni

February 2

February 23

Florence

Rome

INT 125 D

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

Bondi

January 27

February 10

Siena

Chiusi

INT D 325

The Renaissance City

Pacioni

February 9

February 23

Florence

Rome

 

   
 

 

Spring I 2018 (April 29 – May 25)

ANTHR 484 (*3) Interacting with the Dead

There are a multitude of topics and approaches that anthropologists and archaeologists use in order to obtain clues as to why humans treat the dead the way they do. In this class we will examine a variety of topics related to the study of contemporary, historical, and ancient mortuary practices. These will reflect the extraordinary diversity of past and present treatments of the dead around the world. Fieldtrips TBD. Prerequisites waived.

INT D 325/HADVC 211 (*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. Fieldtrips TBD. Prerequisites waived. 

CLASS 299 (*3) Themes in Roman Imperial Art 

Did the Romans have their own art? They were supreme builders but what about visual art? Was it just an attempt at emulating the Greeks? This course investigates what in Roman art is truly Roman: power, memory, tradition. Roman art is basic and inevitable at once. It is made of simple things carefully displayed: the human body, architecture, and nature. Constant links to the present are the core of the course. Much of Roman art is in our own visual expressions: cinema, photography, commercials. This is a course on the past but mainly on how it forged our present. Fieldtrips TBD. Syllabus will be posted once available. Prerequisites waived.

 

Spring II 2018 (May 27 – June 22)

ECON 203 (*3) Comparative Economics and the Origins of Modern-day Banking

The course is constituted by three related learning modules. The first aims to make student familiar with the basic features of a banking system, the second is meant to illustrate the role played by banks in the evolution of the economy. The third, and last, learning module is to introduce students to the recent public debate on financial regulation. Fieldtrips TBD. Prerequisites waived.

WRITE 399 (*3) Creative Non-Fiction Writing: The Art and Craft of Travel Writing

Travel writing is about the craft and techniques of storytelling, about articulating the clashes and incongruences travelers encounter – clashes between their own expectations and the reality that greets them, between cultures, between locals and the visitors passing through who peek into but never fully understand nuances of local life, between assumptions of personal space, and, obviously, between languages. Travel writers must write from the vantage point of the outsider experiencing emotional jolts and disconnects and exclusion, of the one who records without fully understanding nuance in the surrounding culture, the one who above all must resist easy stereotypes and reductive characterization. Fieldtrips TBD. Prerequisites waived.

HIST 300 (*3) Art and Culture in Fascist Italy

There is no theme in our time which is more relevant than the relationship between leaders and the masses. More and more it happens to be a theatrical relationship. The masses seem to be fascinated with heroic figures. It was no different in Fascist Italy. Art, architecture, literature, and music played a major role in the promotion and the success of Fascist ideals. They obsessively celebrated Mussolini as the body of the nation, as a superhuman leader, as a statue made of blood and flesh. This course gives students a chance to study not only how visual propaganda was set up in Fascist times, but how it is still at work where we would never expect to find it. Fieldtrips TBD. Syllabus will be posted once available. Prerequisites waived.

 

Past Course Offerings & Fieldtrips: 

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

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 23 (Tuesday)

Norcia

Vesuvius/Pompeii

Florence

HIST 300

One Man Italy. Mussolini and the Fascist Regime

 

Raparelli

May 5 (Friday)

May 12 (Friday)

May 19 (Friday)

Orvieto

Perugia

Rome

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

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 Wine Company & Pienza (Fattoria Pian Porcino)

Solomeo (Cucinelli) and Perugia (Perugina)

Chiusi

ALES 291

Mythical, Agricultural and Nutritional Origins of the Mediterranean Diet

Spaner

June 6 (Tuesday)

June 13 (Tuesday)

June 20 (Tuesday)

Anghiari

Assisi/Montefalco

Pienza/Montepulciano

ART H211/INT D 325

The Renaissance City

Pacioni

June 2 (Friday)

June 9 (Friday)

June 16 (Friday)

Florence

Siena

Arezzo

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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