Study Abroad

Course Offerings

Spring 2016  (May 1 - 28)

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.

ART H 211/ 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. Field trips to Urbino, Pienza and Montepulciano, Florence. Prerequisites waived. 

ECON 203 (*3) Comparative Economics and the History of Modern Banking 
A comparative analysis of banking basics and economic development that have been shaping the way markets are operating in four selected countries: Canada, the UK, the US and Italy. Three time periods will be explored namely the Renaissance, the inter-war period (1920-1939) and the post-World War II years, up to 2010. Field trips to Siena, Florence, Perugia. Pre-requisites waived

HIST 300 (*3) Art and Culture in Fascist Italy 
This course aims to provide students with a critical knowledge of the main themes regarding Fascist Art and Culture. Art, architecture, literature, and music will be analyzed with regard to the success and diffusion of “Fascist ideals": national identity, tradition, archaeology, the myth of ancient  Rome. Field trips to Spoleto, Orvieto, San Gimignano. Prerequisites waived. 

Fall 2016 (October 3 – December 9)

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.

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. Prerequisites waived. 

CLASS 478 (*3) Themes in Roman Imperial Art. Faces Bodies Spaces 
This course will go through the main themes in Roman Imperial Art: the face, the body, the space. Students will explore: the intimate dimension of the house, the public sphere of the political appearance, the exposed human body.  The visual representation of nature will be analyzed as a complement to the celebration of Roman civilization and power. Field trips to Spoleto and Rome will offer the opportunity to visit some of the major Italian collections of Roman Art. Prerequisites waived.    

HIST 300 (*3) One Man Italy. Mussolini and the Fascist Regime 
The course provides a critical and comprehensive overview of the main themes regarding Italian Fascism. While retaining a Europe-wide perspective throughout, we will explore in particular depth the Mussolini's regime. The analysis will combine an inquiry of its historical context with a critical examination of different sources such as literature, film, art, etc... The influence of Fascist ideals on Italian post-war politics will also be considered. 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. Prerequisites waived. 

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. 

POL S 354 (*3) Modern Italian Politics and Society  
An overview of Italy’s major socio-political, cultural and economic themes over the past 50 years: the parties system during the Cold War and the rise of populist movements, the process of personalization of politics and how the European Integration Process has affected the national politics under the so called “Second Republic”; the Catholic Church’s influence on social habits and politics (including bioethical matters and on family/gender relations); organized crime and its interaction with national politics; the transformation from a country of emigration into a country of immigration. Field trip to Rome. Prerequisites waived. 

Winter 2017

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.

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 will go through the main themes in Roman Imperial Art: the face, the body, the space. Students will explore: the intimate dimension of the house, the public sphere of the political appearance, the exposed human body.  The visual representation of nature will be analyzed as a complement to the celebration of Roman civilization and power. Field trips to Spoleto and Rome will offer the opportunity to visit some of the major Italian collections 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 travelled to Italy and contributed to establish the aesthetical paradigm of the Italian landscape with its archeological 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. 

POL S 354 (*3) Modern Italian Politics and Society
 
An overview of Italy’s major socio-political, cultural and economic themes over the past 50 years: the parties system during the Cold War and the rise of populist movements, the process of personalization of politics and how the European Integration Process has affected the national politics under the so called “Second Republic”; the Catholic Church’s influence on social habits and politics (including bioethical matters and on family/gender relations); organized crime and its interaction with national politics; the transformation from a country of emigration into a country of immigration. Field trip to Rome. Prerequisites waived.