Study Abroad

Course Offerings

Spring 2014 (May 5 - 30, 2014)

DRAMA 307 (*3) Italian Theatre and Food

Through discussion of historical and contemporary plays, this course will consider the cultural significance of representing and consuming food onstage. It will look at eating and drinking as social and sensorial experiences that are intrinsically performative, will investigate the social significance of food in Italian culture, and will examine how Italian theatre has incorporated and staged food across different periods. Field trips to Parma and other sites in Tuscany. Prerequisites waivedCourse Syllabus

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. Course Syllabus

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 and practical field trips to important fossil localities and local/national museums. Field trips to Florence, Pisa, and other sites in Italy. Course Syllabus

Fall 2014 (October 6 - December 12, 2014)

ART H 211 (*3) Italian Art from late Antiquity to the Renaissance

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.  Course Syllabus

CLASS 255 (*3) From Rome to Ravenna

A survey of the society and culture of ancient Rome from 509 B.C.through the rise of Byzantium. We will study the politics, the archaeology and monuments as well as the popular culture of spectacle. Field Trip to Pompeii. Prerequisites waived.  Course Syllabus

CLASS 380 (*3) History of Ancient Palestine: From Cyrus to Jesus

A survey focusing on the history of Palestine from the Persian to Roman empires. The course will help students to understand how empires look from the perspective of the margins and will pay particular attention to ways in which ‘locals’ negotiated with the empires and their ideological claims. Multiple cases of appropriation, resistance, collaboration and hybridity will be examined. Field trip to Rome. Prerequisites waived.  Course Syllabus

CLASS 399 (*3) Memory Studies and the Ancient World

Shared memories and preferences in the ways in which memories are constructed play important roles in societies. In this course, students will learn basic concepts associated with memory studies and analyze illustrative case studies so as to be able to use memory study approaches to the study of the ancient world, including both imperial centres and ‘local’ groups. Field trip to Rome (Vatican/Sistine Chapel). Prerequisites waived.  Course Syllabus

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.  Course Syllabus

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.  Course Syllabus

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.  Course Syllabus

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.  Course Syllabus

Winter 2015 (January 12 - March 20, 2015)

ART H 202 (*3) History of Renaissance Art

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. Prerequisites waived.

CLASS 255 (*3) From Rome to Ravenna

A survey of the society and culture of ancient Rome from 509 B.C. through the rise of Byzantium. We will study the politics, the archaeology and monuments as well as the popular culture of spectacle. Field Trips to Paestum and Pompeii. Prerequisites waived.

CLASS 399 (*3) Archaeological Study of Ancient Italy

A study of ancient Italy as defined by archaeological evidence, theory and interpretation. We will also study the way artifacts are displayed in museums and consider the rationales that determine restoration, preservation, and presentation of archaeological material. Field trips to Paestum and Roccagloriosa. Prerequisites waived.

CLASS 478 (*3) The Power of Beauty

A study of cultural appropriation, intellectual property and the history of classical archaeology. We will concentrate, first, on Greek Art in Italy, then on the Roman use of Greek Art and lastly the appropriation of the Classical Past and the Classical heritage (in particular the role of Greek Art in modern nation building). Field trip to Rome. Prerequisites waived.

HIST 300 (*3) Culture and Society in Medieval Rome

A study of the cultural implications of the social and political life of Rome during the Middle Ages starting in the 4th century A.D. and ending in the 13th century with a focus on the ideological implications of art and architecture. 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 359 (*3) Migration in the European Union

An analysis of the immigration policies of the European Union, with particular focus on the strategies defined by the EU and by the Council of Europe. The aim of the course is to examine all aspects of immigration, including admission to the state, judicial and social implications, expulsion, and centres of detention for illegal immigrants. Prerequisites waived.