Study Abroad

Course Offerings

Winter 2019 Schedule will be available by March 2018. 

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.

Spring I 2018 (April 29 – May 25)

Time

Monday/Wednesday

Field Trip Day

8:30-11:30

Marco Pacioni

HADVC 211

Friday

11:45-2:45

Marko Zikovic

ANTHR 485

Tuesday

3:00-6:00

Alessandro Celani

CLASS 299

Thursday

ANTHR 485 (*3) Italianness Through Food & Gesture

What we eat and how we comport ourselves are some of the most frequent features we use to distinguish ourselves from other groups, and there is hardly a better example of how food and gesture constitute regional and national identity than that of Italy. Starting with the exemplary way modern Italianness has been constituted through food and gesture, we will explore a number of core anthropological themes, such as the famous North-South axis of Italian regional stereotyping, and how it gets involved in forming larger Italian identity, esp. through its large North American diaspora. We will study food as a classification system and the visceral reactions to transgressing of its categories (or why you can’t eat risotto with spaghetti). We will travel in Tuscany and beyond to investigate how local food (i.e. olive oil, wine, cheese, pasta, etc.) gets used in self-promotion and construction of authenticity. We will finally explore how Italians behave in public spaces and how bodily habits helps societies remember. Throughout the course, and especially during the field trips, students will practice their “ethnographic sensibility” through a series of playful exercises that rely on different senses to develop acute receptivity to the nuances of everyday life. Field-trips to Perugia (May 8th), Cortona (May 15), and Rome (May 22). 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. Field-trips to Arezzo (May 4), Florence (May 11), and Rome (May 18). 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. Field-trips to Rome (May 3), Orvieto (May 10), and Perugia (May 17). Prerequisites waived.

 

Spring II 2018 (May 27 – June 22)

Time

Monday/Wednesday

Field Trip Day

8:30-11:30

Valentina Galvani

ECON 203

Tuesday

11:45-2:45

Ruth Dyck Fehderau

WRITE 399

Thursday

3:00-6:00

Alessandro Celani

HIST 300

Friday

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. Field-trips to Siena (May 29), Perugia (June 5), and Florence (June 12). 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. Field-trips Cortona (May 31), Rome (June 7), and Florence (June 14). 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. Field-trips Rome (June 1), Perguia (June 8), and Orvieto (June 15). Prerequisites waived.

 

 

Current Winter 2018 (January 9 – March 14)

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

 



 

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