Study Abroad

Course Offerings

Winter 2016 (January 12 - March 18)

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 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.

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.

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. 

ART H 211/ INT D 325 (*3) The Renaissance City  
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.

ECON 203 (*3) Comparative Economics and the Origins of Modern-day 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. Pre-requisites 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) 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. 

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.

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 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.

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. 

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. <

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.