Orientation Courses

Course Code and Credits: ITL 3821 (2)
Course Title: Elementary Italian I - Orientation
Course Description: A basic introduction to the Italian language for those with little or no previous experience, the course teaches essential vocabulary and grammar and helps students develop an ability to communicate in an authentic linguistic context. In Rome this course is available to all students. In Florence, this course is available to interns only.

Course Code and Credits: ITL 3822 (2)
Course Title: Elementary Italian II - Orientation
Course Description: Designed for students who already have some knowledge of Italian, the course revises basic grammar and vocabulary in preparation for the next, Intermediate, level. Classes, including student oral practice, are conducted mainly in Italian. In Rome this course is available to all students. In Florence, this course is available to interns only. Prerequisite: ITL 3821 Elementary Italian I, and/or min. 70/100 score on the diagnostic test.

Course Code and Credits: ITL 4821 (2)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian I - Orientation
Course Description: This course helps students to develop their ability to communicate effectively, using an expanded range of vocabulary. Conversation practice improves listening and interpretation skills. Reading and writing exercises improve skills in understanding and writing simple prose. In Rome this course is available to all students. In Florence, this course is available to interns only. Prerequisite: ITL 3822 Elementary Italian II.

Course Code and Credits: ITL 4822 (2)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian II - Orientation
Course Description: This course develops students’ skills and enables them to understand and respond to quite complex lines of argument, both in oral and in written form. Students are introduced to more complex forms of grammar and a more expanded vocabulary to give them the ability to carry out and refine tasks within an authentic context. In Rome this course is available to all students. In Florence, this course is available to interns only. Prerequisite: ITL 4821 Intermediate Italian I.

Course Code and Credits: AVC 4800 (1)
Course Title: Introduction to Italian Art
Course Description: This course examines developments in early Italian painting and sculpture leading up to the Renaissance and Baroque. Students consider early Italian art from the Etruscans and Romans up to the Renaissance, in art historical context, particularly in terms of patronage and the key social, religious and philosophical events. It is normally taught during field study visits, which include Lucca, Pisa, Venice, and Rome. A field project paper is normally required.

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COURSES TAUGHT IN REGULAR SEMESTER

With the exception of Italian (which is required), courses are taught in English, Monday through Thursday. A minimum enrollment of 10 is required for each course. Semester credits are in parenthesis after course titles.

Italian Language | Art, Design, and Media | Art History | Communications | Economics | History | International Relations | Literature and Philosophy | Management | Marketing  |  Political Science  PsychologyReligion  |  Service Learning  |  Sociology |

Italian Language

Conversation is a central part of every lesson. After Orientation students may choose between the Basic Spoken Italian (1 credit) or the continuation of the Italian course taken during Orientation (4 credits).

Course Code and Credits: ITL 3810 (1)
Course Title: Basic Spoken Italian
Course Description: This 10-week course provides students with basic vocabulary and phrases to cope with authentic everyday situations. It is designed for those students who prefer the communicative approach with less emphasis on language structure analysis.

Course Code and Credits: ITL 3842 (4)
Course Title: Elementary Italian II
Course Description: Designed for students who already have some knowledge of Italian, the course revises basic grammar and vocabulary before progressing to more complex structures and functions leading up to the next, Intermediate, level. Conversation is a central part of every lesson, with ample opportunity for student oral practice in understanding the spoken language through the use of authentic material. Classes are conducted mainly in Italian. Prerequisites: ITL 3831 Elementary Italian I, and/or min. 70/100 score on the diagnostic test.

Course Code and Credits: ITL 4841 (4)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian I
Course Description: This course helps students to develop their ability to communicate effectively and accurately, using an expanded range of vocabulary. Conversation practice improves listening and interpretation skills for better understanding and response in an authentic Italian context, including discussion of cultural elements in Italian society and expressing opinions. Reading and writing exercises improve skills in understanding prose and writing letters and messages with appropriate vocabulary. Prerequisites: ITL 3842 Elementary Italian II.

Course Code and Credits: ITL 4842 (4)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian II
Course Description: This course builds upon the skills gained in Intermediate Italian I and develops them to enable students to understand and respond to quite complex lines of argument, both in oral and in written form. Students review complex grammar structures and carry out tasks in reading, composition, phonetics, syntax, and style. Continued practice in conversation provides students with an increased capability to communicate competently in Italian. Prerequisites: ITL 4841 Intermediate Italian I.

Course Code and Credits: ITL 5830 (3)
Course Title: Advanced Italian
Course Description: This courses introduces students to advanced structures and vocabulary, which will enable them to interact with the Italian world at a sophisticated level. It enables them to understand lectures and complex lines of argument, including various attitudes and viewpoints, both in oral and in written form. They should become fluent and spontaneous in verbal interaction, and well able to present and sustain an argument, both orally and in evidenced-based writing Prerequisites: Four/five semesters of Italian and/or a pass at ITL 4832 level.

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Art, Design and Media

Course Code and Credits: ADM 5860 (3)
Course Title: Photography for the Media
Course Description: Recommended for communications and journalism majors as well as photographers, this course develops knowledge and experience in photojournalism via the study of the work of major practitioners and the production of assignments typical of today’s photojournalists. Students will need to provide a DSRL (digital reflex) camera and a laptop (with any basic photo editing software).

Course Code and Credits: ADM 5875 (3)
Course Title: Sketchbook of Rome
Course Description: This course is designed to give students a deeper understanding of the role of drawing as an investigative process as well as an expressive means of communication. Drawing is used as a basic exploratory tool to examine Rome as the site for both subject – in particular, the river Tevere - and as a research resource for the practice of drawing - especially in the Roman Churches, Galleries and Museums. The course is divided between working in the studio and on location in Rome. The sketchbook is an essential aspect of the course in helping students to document the city, stimulate and develop ideas and as a reminder that drawing is a portable medium.

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Art History

Course Code and Credits: AVC 5810 (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Renaissance and Baroque Art in Rome
Course Description: This course examines the development of painting, sculpture and architecture in Renaissance and Baroque Italy from the fourteenth to the mid-seventeenth centuries, four centuries marking the passage from the Middle Ages to Modernity. Students examine key works, consider the historical and cultural context in which the art was produced and consumed, and how this art has been approached and analysed historically. The course focuses on Rome and normally includes on-site visits to view works by, for example, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and Bernini.

Course Code and Credits: AVC 5840 (3)
Course Title: Art and Culture in Rome: 800 BC - 2000 AD
Course Description: This course examines the history and society of Rome and its architectural and artistic output as it developed over a period of 3000 years. Students study key examples of architecture, monuments and art from Classical Rome through to the Renaissance and Baroque, and the modern period. Much of the course is normally taught on site with visits to churches, palaces and museums.

Course Code and Credits: AVC 5830 (3)
Course Title: History of Ancient Art: Greece & Rome
Course Description: This course examines ancient Greek and Roman art in detail. Students consider specific key examples of artworks from each tradition, how Greek and Roman art has been approached and analysed historically, the relationship between Greek and Roman art, and the broader issue and influence of ‘the Classical’ in Western culture. The course normally makes extensive use of the city of Rome as a learning resource.

Course Code and Credits: AVC 5845 (3)
Course Title: Baroque Rome and Its Monuments
Course Description: This course examines the emergence of Baroque art in the late Cinquecento and early Seicento (16th and 17th centuries) and follows the development of the Baroque style in sculpture, painting and architecture. During the class students study some of these key artists, including Caravaggio, Bernini and Borromini. Much of the course is normally taught on-site in Rome, the ‘cradle’ of the Baroque.

Course Code and Credits: AVC 5805 (3)
Course Title: High Renaissance Art
Course Description: This course considers painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy from the 14th to the 16th centuries, with particular reference to the cultural context of Rome alongside the contributions of Florence and Venice. Much of the course is normally taught on-site, allowing students to gain first-hand experience of work by Bramante, Raphael and Michelangelo within their historical and urban contexts. The course focuses on how artistic expression responded to a rapidly changing society; in particular, it explores key artists and their patrons at the beginning of the 16th century in Rome - at that time the leading cultural capital of the Western world. 

Course Code and Credits: AVC 5850 (3)
Course Title: Michelangelo in Rome
Course Description: This course examines the works of the Renaissance artist Michelangelo, his sculpture, painting, architecture and literary output, within their historical context, focussing on Rome. It concentrates on issues of commission, iconography, censorship, biography, historiography and aesthetics. The course examines Michelangelo’s early career in Florence, where he worked at first under the Medici and then under the austere theocratic Republic, then explores his life and work in Rome, the centre of Christianity and of new ideas. Students study Michelangelo’s relationship with various patrons and consider how different commissions and motivations determined very different outcomes, in order to appreciate the nuanced relationship between art and power. Michelangelo’s work is analysed within the broader context of his contemporaries, in order to appreciate his distinctive style and innovative power. The course normally makes use of the city of Rome as a learning resource.

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Communications 

Course Code and Credits: COM 5855 (3)
Course Title: News and the Media in Italy
Course Description: In this course students explore the most important characteristics of Italian journalism and the Italian media system. The focus is around a comparative analysis of different styles used in international journalism, particularly in print media, although other kinds of media are included. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own research and practical writing skills while examining different aspects of the Italian media. Students may be able to publish articles in an Italian newspaper. 

Course Code and Credits: COM 5845 (3)
Course Title: Luxury Fashion in Rome
Course Description: This course explores the historical development of the Italian fashion industry with a particular emphasis on Rome. The course focus is on retail and visual merchandising. It addresses the question of relevance of the instore consumer experience in response to the spread of e-commerce. In order to explore and evaluate possible answers to this question, students are involved in The Luxury Shopping Experience project. Following clear guidelines, students visit, examine, and report on selected luxury stores located along Via Condotti and Via Borgognona in Rome. This allows students to experience at first hand the way people, including tourists, consume luxury in Rome.

Course Code and Credits: COM 5860 (3)
Course Title: Made in Italy: Symbols of Italian Identity
Course Description: Italy occupies a prominent place in today’s globalized economy. This course explores the history and practices of consumption in Italy, and the production of goods and services that have been encoded as ‘Italian’ outside the country itself. It analyses aspects of consumption from a variety of economic, cultural and anthropological approaches. The course looks at the transition to a consumer society, and investigates areas such as advertising, fashion, industrial design, food culture and sport. It also examines the impact of consumerism on Italian identity formation in relation to the construction of gender roles. The course includes on-site visits and field trips to major Italian companies. 

Course Code and Credits: FLM 5800 (3)
Course Title: History of Italian Cinema and Society
Course Description: This course explores the history of Italian cinema and society as represented in film, with particular focus on the wide range of films to emerge after the Second World War. Students study key works of Italian cinema within the context of world cinema to assess realism as an aesthetic convention as well as gain insights into contemporary trends in Italian culture.

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Economics

Course Code and Credits: ECN 5805 (3)
Course Title: International Economic Relations
Course Description: This course introduces students to international economic relations. These relations are relations of international trade, international production and finance as well as international development. The course is taught within the context of technology, politics and culture. Prerequisites: ECN 3200 Foundations of Economics or ECN 4105 Introduction to Microeconomics.

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History

Course Code and Credits: HST 5805 (3)
Course Title: Rome through the Ages
Course Description: This course covers the history of Rome from its reputed founding by Romulus and Remus to the establishment of the Roman Republic and the creation of the Roman Empire, leading up to conversion to Christianity and the appointment of the first Christian emperor. Much of the teaching is carried out during visits to major archaeological sites. The course explores themes such as the changes in Roman politics, the causes of the misgovernment which brought down the Republic, how the hollow skeleton of the Republic was used to house the Principate of Augustus, the rise of the Roman Empire, and the success of Christianity.

Course Code and Credits: HST 5815 (3)
Course Title: History of Food and Table Manners
Course Description: This course explores food and food habits in human history from early civilization to the Modern period, via the Classical world and the Middle Ages. Themes such as the social function of banquets, dietary rules, food models, cultural identity and table manners are considered. Students examine evidence based on written sources and on archaeological and artistic remains in order to compare the dining habits of different social groups across different historical periods (e.g. Romans vs. Barbarians; nobles vs. peasants; lay vs. religious; urban vs. rural). The social, political, economic and cultural history of food and table manners are studied within the spaces in which the people lived and ate - including the interiors of households, palaces and monasteries. 

Course Code and Credits: HST 5820 (3)
Course Title: History of the Italian Mafia
Course Description: This course explores the history of the Italian Mafia from the national unification of Italy until the present day. Topics studied include relationships within the organization, those between the Mafia and Italian Politics, and those between the Italian and the American Mafia.

Course Code and Credits: HST 5840 (3)
Course Title: Monks of War
Course DescriptionThis course focuses upon the development of Military Orders in the Holy Land and the Christian West against the social, cultural and political background of the Mediterranean Sea. The key concepts of Christian pilgrimage, monasticism and knighthood in the early Medieval West are explored. The history of the Christian Military Orders are covered – their creation in the aftermath of the First Crusade, their role on the defence of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and their deeds after the fall of the last Christian stronghold in Palestine. Given its popularity particular attention will be given to the Trial and Dissolution of the Order of the Templars in the 14th century. Focus will also be put on the rise of the Hospitallers and the significance of the imperial states they created in Rhodes and Malta and their role in the defence of Europe against Ottoman might. Where possible the class will be complemented by relevant visits to sites such as the Hospitaller’s palace in Rome.

Course Code and Credits: HST 5845 (3)
Course Title: The Papacy: a History of the Roman Catholic Church
Course Description:
Using class visits to sites as diverse as catacombs, Roman ruins and Christian churches this class examines how the entire fabric of the western, if not the global world, is intertwined with the 2000 year old history of the Roman Catholic Church and the papacy. In doing so it examines the major events, ideas, persons and places that have influenced the evolution of the Church, beginning with the origins of the Church as a religious sect and political movement and ending with the establishment of the Vatican State in the twentieth century. It concludes by discussing the future of the faith as Christian numbers decline in the wake of a rising secularism and a resurgent Islam. 

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International Relations

Course Code and Credits: INR 5800 (3)
Course Title: Globalization: A European Perspective
Course Description: This interdisciplinary course addresses the important and complex phenomenon of contemporary globalization. The political, social, economic and cultural aspects are explored from a specifically European perspective. Core themes of globalization debates, such as convergence, nationalism and inequalities as well as a range of global actors, agents and institutions are critically engaged with.

Course Code and Credits
: INR 5805 (3)

Course Title: Human Rights
Course Description: This course will cover the evolution of global human rights and of the various national, regional and international mechanisms designed for their protection. It will examine the theoretical foundations of the idea of human rights in various civilizations and cultures, evaluate its legacy within western and nonwestern traditions, and its meaning and relevance in addressing major issues in the contemporary world. The approach draws primarily on the theories and methodology of Sociology, International Law, and International Relations. The course looks at current internationally recognized human rights treaties and conventions, with particular emphasis on the human rights framework of the United Nations and on the role and significance of the Human Rights Council. Regional and non-governmental attempts to enforce standards of human rights are also examined.

Course Code and Credits: INR 5810 (3)
Course Title: Security Studies
Course Description: This course examines enduring and contemporary questions of security and insecurity in the international system. Security has traditionally been defined in terms of strategic state politics and the use of military force to counter external military threats. The end of the Cold War and the ensuing conflicts of the late-20th century raised questions about the continued relevance of traditional theories of security. New security threats have been defined both in the academic literature and by state security strategies. This course critically evaluates these developments using IR and security studies theories, supplemented by practical case-studies. Students investigate the definition of the term security and threats to security, questions about the referent object of security, the root causes of insecurity and the methods of eliminating or lessening such threats. The course evaluates traditional and contemporary security concepts such as national security, conventional weapons systems, nuclear non-proliferation, human security, responsibility to protect, the poverty-security nexus in a postWestphalian context.

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Literature and Philosophy

Course Code and Credits: LIT 5800 (3)
Course Title: Italian Literature in Translation
Course Description: This course explores the works of the great Italian authors of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and their influences on the fictional prose of contemporary Italian literature. Readings in translation include Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, and Umberto Eco.

Course Code and Credits: LIT 5815 (3)
Course Title: Roman Life and Thought
Course Description: This course explores the most important literary works of classical antiquity in translation: Greek and Latin authors including Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Caesar, Cicero, and Plautus. Students will familiarize themselves with different literary genres and explore the basis of European literary culture. Major topics include aspects of ancient civilization, such as rhetoric, politics, religion, mythology, and philosophy. Site visits to the Ara Pacis, Crypta Balbi and to the National Museum of Palazzo Massimo complement classroom lectures.

Course Code and Credits: PHL 5800 (3)
Course Title: Classical Mythology
Course Description: This interdisciplinary course explores the classical myths from Greek and Latin literature and considers their historical and cultural contexts. Students will read passages in translation from major Greek and Roman authors, including Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Euripedes, Sophocles, Ovid, and Virgil, and analyse the use of mythology in classical literature and how it has changed through the ages. Visits to museums and archaeological sites illustrate how the Greeks and Romans represented and worshipped their gods and how classical mythology was used in the visual arts of later centuries.

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Management

Course Code and Credits: MGT 5800 (3)
Course Title: Principles of Management
Course Description: The course investigates the theories, structures and trends of management in organisations. The course covers topics such as the analysis of organisational environments, problem identification, opportunity analysis, decision making under uncertainty, and the managerial functions of planning, organising, leading and controlling. The course also addresses issues of sustainability.

Course Code and Credits
: MGT 5810 (3)

Course Title: Human Resource Management
Course Description: This course combines elements of different disciplines ranging from industrial relations, social psychology, personnel management, motivation, recruitment and selection, leadership, communication, manpower planning, aspects of training and development and related processes. It is appropriate for students seeking to follow a career in Human Resource Management or in other areas of functional management.
 
Course Code and Credits: MGT 5850 (3)
Course Title: Project Management for the Arts and Culture
Course Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the concepts of Project Management relevant to the Cultural Industry. The theoretical basis will be applied to the industry of arts and culture. The course focuses on case studies that are related to Rome’s Cultural Heritage. Students will acquire knowledge, skills and competencies to understand the fundamental tenets of project management. The Italian cultural environment will be studied; particular attention will be paid to its inherent value. Furthermore this course offers students the opportunity to identify currents problems that are related to the management of the Italian cultural heritage. The skills that are applicable to the Italian cultural heritage in first instance on the Italian situation may as well be applied to different international contexts. 

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Marketing

Course Code and Credits: MKT 5800 (3)
Course Title: Principles of Marketing
Course Description: The Course introduces students to the principles and operations of marketing. Course work includes an in-depth analysis of the strategic role marketing plays in contemporary business from new product development, marketing research and target marketing to consumer behavior analysis, advertising and promotion and personal selling activities. Each variable of the marketing mix will be covered in detail and the macro and micro business environment will be assessed for their impact on marketing planning. Lectures, discussion topics, case studies, videos and practical exercises are used to cover the course material. 

Course Code and Credits
: MKT 5815 (3)

Course Title: International Marketing
Course Description: The course provides an insight into the problems and opportunities companies face as entering new markets and competing in the global market considering cultural differences. This course discusses the methods of analysing market demand, global competition, cost structures, the global distribution and other factors which affect marketing management decisions in various countries. The problems and issues encountered in market entry are highlighted and standardization, contextualization and adaptation strategies are assessed for their appropriateness to new market situations. Students will be expected to understand and be able to implement an environmental approach to international marketing planning.

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Political Science

Course Code and Credits: PLT 5800 (3)
Course Title: The Politics of Ethnicity and Identity
Course Description: This course examines ethnicity and, to a lesser extent nationalism, as the basis of social and political belonging and differentiation and as the source of both creativity and conflict. Starting with the premise that identity is socially constructed, the course looks at the ways in which ethnic identity has been formed and used in different societies; different theories of ethnicity are explored. Topics covered include the relationship between nation-states, national and transnational minorities, and issues of social integration. Migration, immigration, and emigration phenomena are studied in relation to national identity end ethnicity. Experiences of ethnic cleansing and genocidal politics are also touched upon. The course looks at a series of current and past case studies in Europe, including the Jewish, Italian, Gypsy, and German experiences.

Course Code and Credits
: PLT 5805 (3)

Course Title: Italian Society: From Fascism to the Present
Course Description: This course focuses on the most significant events that have contributed to the formation of modern Italy, beginning with the fascist era and progressing to post war Italy. It will look at institutional developments and political parties, the Red Brigade, church-state relations, the Southern Question and the role of the mafia, as well as that of immigration. The final focus will be on the role of Italy within the EU. 

Course Code and Credits: PLT 5810 (3)
Course Title: The European Union in the New International System
Course Description: This course will cover the history of the European Union, from its foundation in the fifties until the present. It will look at the different institutions inside the European Union and their role in the process of enlarging the Union and moving towards greater integration. Although its initial aim was political unity, the European unification process has been strongly based on the ideal of economic integration. Thus the course will look at the positive and negative effects of economic and monetary union. Other policies of the member states will also be covered, including agricultural, regional, social, environmental, and energy policies. The interrelationship between the different EU countries will be examined, as well as the relationship with other states, such as the US.

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Psychology

Course Code and Credits: PSY 4800 (3)
Course Title: Cross Cultural Psychology
Course Description: This course examines a selection of theoretical, empirical and applied issues in the cross-cultural study of human social behaviour with a focus on Italy and Italians. Aspects of cross-cultural analysis from the field of cross-cultural psychology (as well as interdisciplinary elements from sociology, anthropology, biology and ecology) will be discussed, including: cultural influence on human behaviour, attitudes, values, communication and societal organization. Special topics of ethnocentrism, individualistic vs. collectivistic societies, plural societies, cultural views on mental health, and intercultural communication are highlighted. Methodological issues of cross-cultural research will be reviewed, and students will have the opportunity to conduct a cross-cultural interview and be participant-observers of their own study abroad experience in Italy. Italy and its inhabitants become the classroom through various excursions and field work. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own cultural origins in regards to behaviours, communication, attitudes and values, as well as their acculturation experiences while studying in Italy.

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Religion

Course Code and Credits: RLG 5800 (3)
Course Title: Religions and Cults of the Roman Empire
Course Description: This course focuses on the religious experience of Late Antiquity, which opened the way to medieval civilization and, eventually, to modern Western culture. It examines the beliefs present within the Roman Empire (I – IV century A.D.), including the most significant religions, cults and mystical movements – a fascinating picture of this important historical period. Visitsto museums and places of archeological importance in Rome, will illustrate the connection between the material and the religious. 

Course Code and Credits
: RLG 5810 (3)

Course Title: Comparative World Religions
Course Description: This course explores the monotheistic religions of the Near East (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), those of India and the Far East (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism) and the ‘new-age’ faiths. The history and practice of each is studied. Special emphasis is laid on the philosophical and psychological basis of each religion and common themes such as the self, suffering, free will and ethics. Primary and secondary sources are studied along with an examination of methodology in comparative religion.

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Sociology

Course Code and Credits: SCL 5855 (3)
Course Title: Culture and Style in Italy
Course Description: This course is recommended for students with an interest in contemporary Italian culture and style. The course focuses on aspects of post-war Italian culture including cuisine, fashion, religious beliefs and the persistence of superstition. Lectures cover topics such as the role of women, food and wine as cultural traditions, the effect of social change, and culture and style. Lectures are supported by field visits, food and wine tasting sessions, and audiovisual materials.

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Service Learning

Course Code and Credits
: ISL 5800 (3)

Course Title: Service Learning and Active Citizenship
Course Description: The Service Learning and Active Citizenship course is a student community placement that aims to provide students from all disciplines and majors with the intellectual, professional, and personal skills that will enable them to function well in a culturally diverse community in London. In addition to the weeks of field work (typically 9-12 depending on the organisation), the student will also produce a written journal of their experience which provides critical reflection (learning log), a ‘community action’ portfolio (analytical essay), and a final oral presentation. These assesments have been designed to help the student reflect on the skills they are learning and the benefits gained from the service learning experience, and also to help them determine if their current career goals are the correct fit for them. During the service learning course, the staff of the Internship Office and a faculty supervisor work closely with each student to ensure that the community placement is a successful one.