School in Cortona

Faculty of Arts, School in Cortona 

Dates and Location

April 30 – May 25, 2018
May 28 – June 22, 2018

School in Cortona Campus, Italy

Spend your spring in Italy! Each year, students from all faculties and disciplines travel to Cortona, Italy, and enrol in courses that take advantage of this unique Tuscan location. Instead of studying solely from a textbook, students actually travel to see what they are learning, such as Michelangelo's David. Studying at the School in Cortona is more than just attending lectures — it's about immersing yourself in a cultural experience. All prerequisites for courses have been waived. 

In addition to studying in Italy, our courses include fieldtrips throughout Italy. This spring we are offering courses in anthropology, economics, classics, creative writing, history, and history of art, design, and visual culture. 

All Spring 2018 session School in Cortona students are automatically considered for a $750 scholarship. Please visit the Faculty of Arts website for additional information.

Course descriptions

April 30 – May 25

  • ANTHR 484 Sem 800 (*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. 

    Instructor: Dr. NC Lovell

  • CLASS 299 Lec 800 (*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. 

    Instructor: Dr. Alessandro Celani

  • INT D 325 Lec 800 / HADVC 211 Lec 800 (*3) The Renaissance City

    A study of the elements that contributed to the conception and construction of the Italian Renaissance city. We will focus 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, and theaters in order to 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 usages by different social groups in terms of gender differences are discussed. 

    Instructor: Dr. Marco Pacioni

May 28 – June 22

  • ECON 203 Lec 800 (*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. 

    InstructorDr. Valentina Galvani

  • HIST 300 Lec 800 (*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. 

    Instructor: Dr. Alessandro Celani

  • WRITE 399 Lec 800 (*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. 

    Instructor: Dr. Ruth Dyck Fehderau

Accommodation and travel

The School in Cortona believes that living and learning together are an integral part of the experience offered. Accommodation rates include breakfast every day, and dinner from Monday to Thursday. This allows students to explore and try the many delicious restaurants Cortona has to offer. Many students take the time to travel around Italy on the weekends. 

Anticipated costs

School in Cortona courses are offered at a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment. Please visit the Faculty of Arts website for additional information.