Study Abroad

Course Offerings

WINTER 2015 (Jan 13 - March 20 2015)

ART H 202 (*3) History of Renaissance Art - Syllabus
CLASS 255 (*3) From Rome to Ravenna - Syllabus
CLASS 399 (*3) Archaeological Study of Ancient Italy - Syllabus
CLASS 478 (*3) The Power of Beauty - Syllabus
HIST 300 (*3) Culture and Society in Medieval Rome - Syllabus
INT D 125 (*3) Introduction to Italian Language and Culture - Syllabus
ITAL 112 (*3) Beginner's Italian II - Syllabus
POL S 359 (*3) Migration in the European Union - Syllabus

SPRING 2015 (May 2 - May 29 2015)


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. The crops (including their nutritional aspects) as well as the health benefits of the diet (compared with the North American diet) will be covered through lecture, discussion, and practical field trips (including visits to local farms and vineyards). Prerequisites waived.
NOTE: this course will count as a free elective in all degree programs in ALES. Please consult with your program advisor to see if ALES 291 could also count as an approved program elective in your program. This course is also open to students outside of the Faculty of ALES.

ART H 211/311 (*3) Bodies, Sex and Death in Early Modern Italy

The human body has changed over time - biologically, culturally, socially. This course draws from the rich scholarship of the past thirty years to explore the historically specific bodies that were produced and reproduced during the early modern period (1350-1750), focusing on Renaissance Italy. We will consider various philosophical, religious, medical, and popular representations of the human body, paying special attention to the rituals surrounding pregnancy, childbirth, food consumption, physical exercise, domestic life, medical treatment, anatomical dissection, aging, and death. Students will learn about these topics through readings, discussions, lectures, re-enactments, and by visiting museums, art galleries, churches, and gardens in Cortona, Siena, Arezzo, and Florence. Prerequisites waived.

WRITE 498 (*3) The Art and Craft of Travel Writing  Our core texts will be Alain de Botton’s The Art of Travel and Anne Calcagno’s Traveller’s Tales, Italy: True Stories but this is a workshop, not a lecture course, and the main text will be your writing. Segments of the course will be devoted to description, dialogue, and character, and methods of integrating research with personal narrative. We will also discuss the techniques of writing for publication, from writing the query letter to preparing the typescript for submission. Short assignments will be sequenced to culminate in one major essay of 3000 words, crafted to be submitted to a periodical. Prerequisites waived.

FALL 2015 (October 6 - December 11 2015)


ART H 211 (*3) History of Renaissance Art


An introduction to the main themes in Italian art from the establishment of Christianity as a State Religion to the death of Michelangelo. Field trips to Assisi, Perugia and Florence. 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.

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. 

ITAL 111 (*3) Beginners' Italian I

Designed for students with little or no previous background in Italian. Focuses on development of basic grammar and communication skills. NOTE: not to be taken by students with native or near-native proficiency in Italian, or with Italian 30 or its equivalents in Canada and other countries.

POL S 354 (*3) Modern Italian Politics and Society

An overview of Italy’s major socio-political, cultural and economic issues over the past 50 years, the social/political roots of organized crime and its interaction with national politics, the role of the Catholic Church and its influence, and the turbulence of Berlusconi’s time in office and how it has affected Italy and the European Union. Field trip to Rome. Prerequisites waived.

PSYCO 305 (*3) Art Evolution and Cognitive Science

This course provides a unique perspective for what art is and what it means to appreciate art. This course integrates theories of evolution, vision sciences, neuroscience and ideas about culture (i.e., ideas, beliefs, values, behaviors and practices) to help answer a small portion of lingering questions about what art is, why we “need it” and the science behind our appreciation of art. In looking at these issues from a cross-disciplinary approach, we will dramatically alter our understanding of the artistic experience. While science and theory cannot explain everything about art, it will be startling for most students to realize that a good portion of artistic appreciate can be scientifically explained. Prerequisites waived.

Winter 2016 (January 12 - March 18 2016)


ART H 202 (*3) Renaissance Visual Culture


Taking the art and architecture of Cortona as a starting point, this course will explore the history of visual art and culture in the 15th and 16th centuries. Not open to students with credit in ART H 252. Fields trips to Assisi and Perugia.

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.

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

An examination of art and culture under the Fascist regime in Italy, and how it supported Mussolini’s vision of creating a ‘Third Roman Empire’ (ancient Rome being the first, and Renaissance Italy being the second). Field trip to Rome. 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.

ITAL 112 (*3) Beginners’ Italian II

A continuation of ITAL 111. NOTE: This course should not be taken by students with native (or near-native) proficiency in Italian, or the equivalents in Canada or other countries. Prerequisite: ITAL 111 or consent of Department.

POL S 354 (*3) Modern Italian Politics and Society

An overview of Italy’s major socio-political, cultural and economic issues over the past 50 years, the social/political roots of organized crime and its interaction with national politics, the role of the Catholic Church and its influence, and the turbulence of Berlusconi’s time in office and how it has affected Italy and the European Union. Field trip to Rome. Prerequisites waived.

PSYCO 305 (*3) Words That Change Minds

This course provides a cross-disciplinary approach to answer deep and interesting questions about the origins, structure, and meaning of language and how our understanding of culture is crucial to answering these questions. In this course we will talk about how the language that someone speaks and the ability to "read minds" (i.e., Theory of Mind) shapes the way they understand and behave in the world and how culture influences things like non-verbal communication and figurative language - like metaphors. We will finish with a discussion of how social psychology, individual differences, attitudes and motivation impacts bilingualism and second language learning. Prerequisites waived.