AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Florence, Italy
Fall 2016 and Spring 2017
Course Descriptions

   

Course Descriptions

Students must take an online entrance test in order to be admitted to register for any level higher than Elementary Italian I. Students will receive a login and password by email at the end of registration week. Since language requirements are strict, students are often placed in a level lower than requested. Students should gain pre-approval from their home institution for several levels of Italian in order to ensure that they receive credit for the level that they test into following the placement test. Italian language is mandatory.

Please note that not all courses listed will run; in order for a course to be offered, there must be enough interest generated from the preliminary course forms.

Please note that students taking any higher level than ITL 3831 - Elementary Italian I are required to take two (2) courses of Italian Language for a total of 6 credits, progressing from one level to the next.

Italian Language Courses
Course Code and Credits: ITL 103 (3)
Course Title: Elementary Italian I
Course Description:
A thorough introduction for those with little or no previous experience. Includes grammar and conversation. Phonetics, the foundation of grammar structures and verbs are introduced with particular attention to their use in an authentic linguistic context. Emphasis is put on the development of learning strategies and self-assessment in the linguistic progress.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 104 (3)
Course Title: Elementary Italian II
Course Description:
Preparatory course to the intermediate level, designed for students who have already had one or two semesters of Italian or are fluent in Spanish or French. Although the course starts with basic grammar structures of the language, it moves faster than ITL 103. Conversation is a central part of every lesson. Prerequisites: One or two semesters of Italian language and/or having passed ITL 103 level.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 203 (3)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian I
Course Description:
Students develop the ability to communicate correctly with expanded vocabulary. Conversational practice improves listening and interpretation skills for better understanding and response. Reading and writing exercises improve skills in understanding prose and writing letters and simple messages. Admission to the course is based on testing in Italian.Prerequisites: Two or three semesters of Italian and/or having passed ITL 104 level.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 204 (3)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian II
Course Description:
This course is designed for students with at least four/five semester study of Italian. The use of complex grammar rules is applied to conversation and writing skills and involve: sequences in past tenses, the use of present imperfect and past subjunctive to express personal opinions, will, hope, doubt, the hypothetic period in the present, past , future, the passive form and the direct and indirect speech. Prerequisites: Three or four semesters of Italian and/or having passed ITL 203 level.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 303 (3)
Course Title: Advanced Italian
Course Description:
Only students completing Italian 204 at orientation are admitted to this level. Based on textual analysis of readings from contemporary authors, newspapers and magazines, this course concentrates on the revision of complex syntactic structures and use of synonyms and idiomatic expressions. Meets twice a week in class and requires independent research and on-site linguistic work. Prerequisites: Four/five semesters of Italian and/or having passed ITL 204 level.

Content Courses (Taught in English)
Course Code and Credits: ARH 273 (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.
Course Code and Credits: ARH317 (3)*
Course Title: Italian Fashion
Course Description:
This course covers the birth, evolution, decline, revival and most recent developments of Italian fashion from the late gothic period to current Made in Italy design. It looks at Italian fashion styles in relation to art history in an international, social and economic context. Fashion and its relation to culture, subculture, gender, and communication are emphasized. On-site visits illustrate Florence’s dominant role in fashion. Prerequisites: AVC 4200 Introduction to Art Across Cultures or AVC 4205 Introduction to Visual Culture or HST 3200 World Cultural History or GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2
Course Code and Credits: ARH 323 spring only (3)
Course Title: Masters of the Renaissance: Leonardo da Vinci
Course Description:
This course examines the extraordinary variety and complexity of the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo’s work can be viewed as a lens through which students can explore aspects of science, anatomy and the human body, portraiture, perspective and religious painting in the 15th and early 16th centuries. Taught largely on site, in and around Florence, it includes a day trip to Vinci (Leonardo’s birthplace) and to Milan to view the Last Supper. Course-related field trips are normally held on Fridays. Prerequisites: AVC 4200 Introduction to Art Across Cultures or AVC 4205 Introduction to Visual Culture or HST 3200 World Cultural History or GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2
Course Code and Credits: ARH 340 (3)
Course Title: Italian Renaissance Architecture
Course Description:
This course explores the principal architects, monuments and themes of 15th and 16th century Italian architecture. The emphasis will be on Renaissance architecture in Florence, but will include reference to architectural developments in Rome, Urbino and Mantua. Special topics will deal with: architectural theory, Medici and papal patronage, urban planning and church and palace design. The focus will be on the following architects: Alberti, Brunelleschi, Michelozzi, Bramante, Michelangelo and Giulio Romano. Students will visit key Renaissance buildings and urban spaces in Florence.
Course Code and Credits: ARH 352 spring only (3)
Course Title: Art in Context
Course Description:
This course examines the concepts underlying Italy’s Renaissance art and architecture in their art historical context, including the visual representation of space in painting, sculpture and portraiture, harmony and space in architecture, disguised symbolism in Christian art and the language of allegories. The course normally includes weekly visits to museums, galleries, and exhibitions, with their rich intercultural collections, enabling students to engage directly with the original art works and consider their display. Prerequisites: HST 3200 World Cultural History or GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2
Course Code and Credits: ARH 358 (3)
Course Title: Museums and Galleries of Florence: The Cultures of Display
Course Description:
Considers the nature of museums and art galleries and their role and function in our society and culture. Students study the workings of the art market and a variety of other topics that impinge upon it, such as conservation, restoration, the investment potential of art, and art world crime. Students visit many of the great Florence galleries and museums with their rich intercultural collections, as part of this course. A university-level survey of the history of international art is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. Prerequisites: ARW 4195
Course Code and Credits: ARH 380 fall only (3)
Course Title: Central Italian Early Renaissance Art
Course Description:
This course examines the Early Renaissance visual arts and architecture of Central Italy. Students consider the key artists and their works, and the relationship between them. The course examines the importance of patronage and the pertinent social, religious and philosophical movements of the Early Renaissance. Student focus on the Quattrocento (15th century) in Florence, and in particular on the role of Lorenzo the Magnificent, Medici and central personality in the golden age of Florentine art and culture. The course may make extensive use of the city of Florence as a learning resource. Prerequisites: AVC 4200 Introduction to Art Across Cultures or AVC 4205 Introduction to Visual Culture or HST 3200 World Cultural History or GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2
Course Code and Credits: COM 308 spring only (3)
Course Title: Writing for the Media/Journalism 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. Particular attention is given to the development of writing styles for news, features, interviews and reviews where student develop their own practical skills. Students have the opportunity to publish articles in an Italian newspaper.
Course Code and Credits: COM 315 (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 Italian cinema within the context of world cinema to assess realism as an aesthetic convention as well as gain insight into Italian culture and ways of thinking. Prerequisites: GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2
Course Code and Credits: COM 461 spring only (3)*
Course Title: Fashion and Media
Course Description:
This course traces the multiple connections between the fashion and media industries. It emphasizes the material realities, pragmatic and creative dynamisms, fantasy components, and essential visuality of fashion. It also highlights how cities in general function as creative agencies for fermenting style and fashion ideas and attitudes. Prerequisites: COM 4200 or COM 5200 or MKT 5200 or SCL 5200
Course Code and Credits: ECN 357 fall only (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
Course Code and Credits: ENT 315 (3)
Course Title: Italian Business and Entrepreneurship
Course Description:
Family businesses represent a very substantial part of business in Italy; most of them are small and medium enterprises (SMEs), with few numbers of very large firms. These businesses produce a substantial share of the economy’s output, and employ a very large number of workers in different sectors within the economy. This course provides an insight into Italian businesses and entrepreneurship. Family business and entrepreneurship will be placed into a national context and the importance of family businesses for the Italian economy will be identified. The study of Italian businesses will analyse the characteristics of family businesses as well as the institutional actors, strategies, policies and initiatives. Prerequisites: MGT 4200 or ECN 4105 or ENT 4200
Course Code and Credits: HST 315 (3)
Course Title: Italian Food and Culture
Course Description:
According to anthropologist Jon Holtzman the tastes and flavors of a country’s traditional table are a meaningful representation of its collective memory. This course will thus show the deep link between geography, history and the culture of Italian regional dishes that have made Italy known worldwide. Attention will be devoted to the development of the Italian food culture, and students will be introduced through lectures, seminars, guest lectures and a visit to a wine and olive oil farm in Tuscany, to the 'invisible' thread that links the resources of many Italian areas to their food practices. During the first weeks we will also analyze different food practices of the Italian and Mediterranean diet, highlighting regional gastronomic traditions and their origins. Among the topics discussed are the issues of Italian regional differences in how food is prepared, the representation of Italian food practices in media and cinema, food symbolism in Italian culture, food ethics and sustainable agriculture, with an examination of today’s fast and slow food traditions in Italy.
Course Code and Credits: HST 326 (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. Prerequisites: GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2
Course Code and Credits: HST 331 spring only (3)
Course Title: A Social History of Italian Migration
Course Description:
The course examines the history of Italian settlements in Europe, U.S.A., Canada, selected Latin American countries and Australia in the context of Italian migration in the 19th and 20th centuries. The course is a sociohistorical exploration of the migratory patterns of Italians abroad during the last 150 years and consequent issues of identity and integration, both filtered through an interdisciplinary method that is beyond history and sociology and approaches also anthropology, geography and psychology. Students will investigate these topics from a wide variety of sources, historical and sociological texts as well as literature, media reports and films.
Course Code and Credits: HST 350 (3)
Course Title: History of Florence
Course Description:
This course covers the history of Florence, concentrating on its development as a city and a state before and during the Renaissance and the Early Modern period. The uniqueness of Florence is underlined by drawing comparisons with other cities in Italy and Europe. The course features primary source readings by such authors as Dante Alighieri, Dino Compagni, Giovanni Villani and Franco Sacchetti. Some lessons take place onsite so that students experience this city’s past first-hand. Prerequisites: HST 3200 World Cultural History or GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2
Course Code and Credits: INB 306 spring only (3)
Course Title: European Business Environment
Course Description:
Focuses on the economic, political, social environment for business in Europe within this field, it examines the institutional interplay with the European Union, the dynamics between the different Member States and the different policies with direct relevance to businesses operating in the European Union. Prerequisites: MGT 4200, MTH 4110, and ECN 4110
Course Code and Credits: INR/SCL 313 (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 addressed from a specifically European perspective. Prerequisites: GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2
Course Code and Credits: ISL 300 (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 Florence/Rome. 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 assessments 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. Prerequisites: ARW 4195, GEP 4180 or equivalent.

Students who take the Service Learning course and complete community service work will receive a certificate acknowledging the value of their contribution rendered to the city of Florence.
Course Code and Credits: LIT 327 fall only (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, Petrach, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, and Eco. Prerequisites: GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2
Course Code and Credits: LIT 328 spring only (3)
Course Title: Dante in Translation: Texts and Contexts
Course Description:
Focuses on readings from the Divine Comedy and other major writings of Dante. Dante’s development of the Medieval concept of love, the role of Florence in the Divine Comedy, and the poetís new use of the Italian language will be discussed, along with the poetís philosophic and poetic thought. Students will learn to approach Danteís works from a variety of perspectives and thus remain flexible in their interpretation. Prerequisites: ENG 115 Lecture Min Grade: D- Min Credits: 2.33 Or Placement Test English 4.0000
Course Code and Credits: LIT 335 spring only (3)
Course Title: Real and Imagined Journeys: Italy, Epic and the Self
Course Description:
This course explores the concept of the journey in its archetypal, metaphysical, and aesthetic dimensions, reflecting on the subtle interplay of reality and imagination. Students discover Italian shores with Homer’s Ulysses and visit the underworld with Virgil’s Aeneas; they encounter Dante’s Satan and God, travel to the Far-East with the Venetian merchant Marco Polo, and join Columbus on his discovery of the New World. The perception of ‘otherness’ through invented geography, fantastic animals, monstrous races or religious difference mingles with the spirit of adventure, the desire to cross borders, and to conquer the unknown in a fascinating search for the self. Prerequisites: GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2
Course Code and Credits: MGT 358 spring only (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. Prerequisites: MGT 5400
Course Code and Credits: MKT 315(3)*
Course Title: Fashion Marketing and Merchandising
Course Description:
This course covers the fundamentals of fashion and the basic principles that govern all fashion movement and change. It examines the history, development, organization and operation of merchandising and marketing activities, trends in industries engaged in producing fashion, purchasing of fahsion merchandise, foreign and domestic markets, and the distribution and promotion of fashion.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 370 spring only (3)*
Course Title: Psychology of Fashion and Luxury Goods
Course Description:
Consumer psychology within the context of the consumption of fashion and luxury products and services is complex and is influenced by many factors. A thorough analysis and understanding of these factors allows organizations to plan effective marketing activities suitable to their target markets. This course enables students to understand the importance of consumer behaviour in the process of marketing fashion and luxury goods and services. Prerequisites: MKT 5200
Course Code and Credits: MSC 307 spring only (3)
Course Title: Gender and Sexuality in Italian Opera
Course Description:
As a cultural form of art, opera has not only been influenced by its social and political environment but it has also contributed to the shaping of its cultural context. The course gives a broad overview of Italian operatic history, and through an interdisciplinary approach which brings together opera and gender’s studies, it explores the ways in which Italian opera and voices have changed over the times. No prior musical background (technical) or historical knowledge of music is required. Lessons include excerpts of recorded material and videotapes as well as attending live performances (when available).
Course Code and Credits: PHL 310 (3)
Course Title: Mysticism and Magic in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
Course Description:
This course considers the role of Medieval mysticism and Renaissance magic in the genesis of the modern world. It examines key topics such as the function of magic in archaic societies and the representation of Hell and demonization in the late Middle Ages, together with the Medieval ideal of perfection as represented in Dante’s Divine Comedy and reflected in the life of St. Francis of Assisi. By the end of the 15th century, Florence had become the irradiating center for the new doctrine on the magus ideal, formulated by Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola. This new direction in European thought was further developed into modern science by the contribution of Leonardo, Galileo and Giordano Bruno. Prerequisites: GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2.
Course Code and Credits: SCL 307 (3)
Course Title: Made in Italy: The symbols of Italian identity from Espresso to Ferrari
Course Description:
Italy occupies a prominent place in the world’s culture, history, and thought. This course explores the history and practices of consumption in Italy, and the consumption of goods, products and services that have been encoded as ‘Italian’ outside the country itself. It analyses aspects of consumption (broadly defined) via a social, cultural, artistic and anthropological approach. 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 and the construction of gender roles. The course includes on-site visits and field trips to major Italian companies. Prerequisites: GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2
Course Code and Credits: SCL 317 (3)
Course Title: History and Sociology of Italian Soccer
Course Description:
An examination of the role of soccer in Italian society provides unique opportunities to investigate the complexities of contemporary Italian culture and social life. The course examines historical and philosophical meanings associated with the sport, as well as the role of soccer within Italian culture, politics, social conflict and social change. The main focus is on the socio-cultural dynamics of the relationship between soccer and Italian society. Field trips to matches at the local soccer stadium are an essential part of the course. Students carry out ethnographic observations and interpret the social dynamics of sporting events, adopting a comparative, cross-cultural perspective. Prerequisites: GEP 4180 Research and Writing 2
Course Code and Credits: SOC 308 spring only (3)
Course Title: Women in Italian Society
Course Description:
This course explores the social factors influencing Italian women’s lives, perspectives and desires, the historical process through which they have reached their present position, and their current condition in relation to the economic, social, geographical and political environment of Italy. Representations of women in the Italian media, advertising and fashion as factors affecting their social identity are also considered.

Studio Art Courses

Courses require 15 hours per academic credit plus 75 hours of guided independent work. Students purchase their own materials; in some cases, there may be a studio fee. All studio art courses require a minimum of 10 students. Students should budget approximately 60 euros for supplies.

Final grades and evaluations are based on student progress, technical ability, attendance, attitude and adherence of the final product to the material as well as projects given in class. Students enrolling for intermediate or advanced courses must supply evidence of previous study at college level. Students should bring slides of their work to show the instructor. Painting courses use only water-based paints.

Course Code and Credits: ADM 103 spring only (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Drawing
Course Description:
TThis course introduces students to (i) figure drawing: the study of the figure and form, the human body, its range of movement and importance in perceptions of art and nature. A model is provided and students are encouraged to work in a variety of media; (ii) structure and object: the world of visual analysis as well as a definition of technique. Still-life and objects provide examples for understanding perspective, planning and rendering as well as line, form, shape, space, value and texture; and (iii) outdoor drawing: the city of Florence/Rome and the Tuscan/surrounding landscape are studies for understanding aerial- and linear- perspective. Students experiment with lead, charcoal, conté pencil and crayon and ink. The course is designed to provide a foundation in the subject, and will also prepare students for the next course in the sequence. A studio fee is levied on this course.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 215 (3)
Course Title: Painting in Florence I
Course Description:
In this course, students are taught how to produce the illusion of volume, space and movement on a two dimensional surface. Students explore hands-on approaches to paint application, colour, structure and composition, and experiment with different ways of applying the paint. They learn to imitate the techniques of painters such as Caravaggio, Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh and Picasso. This course includes classroom assignments and painting out of doors in places such as the Boboli gardens and the hills around Florence. Classroom assignments are also related to the city of Florence, and students work with their own photographic material. The course is designed to provide a foundation in the subject, and will also prepare students for the next course in the sequence. A studio fee is levied for this course
Course Code and Credits: ADM 306 spring only (3)
Course Title: Drawing II
Course Description:
This course includes figure drawing, still-life drawing and landscape drawing, with the focus on Florence and the Tuscan landscape. Students are encouraged to examine the problems of drawing the human figure (anatomy), perspective (several vanishing points) and objects (complexity, varied tonality). This course includes a consideration of the individual handling of traditional drawing techniques. It follows on from ADM 103 and builds on the principles established in that course. A studio fee is levied on this course. Prerequisites: ADM 103
Course Code and Credits: ADM 307 (3)
Course Title: Drawing III
Course Description:
This is an advanced drawing course, further developing students’ drawing skills. It focuses on figure drawing, still-life drawing and landscape drawing, with particular attention to the Florence and the Tuscan landscape. Students are encouraged to further develop their personal style of composing and choosing types of lines and mark-making. Assignments are complex and narrative/illustrative, requiring a process-based approach, which students are asked to verbalize to their instructor and fellow students. This course follows on from and builds upon ADM TBD Drawing II. A studio fee is levied on this course. Prerequisites: ADM TBD
Course Code and Credits: ADM 308 (3)
Course Title: Italian Sketchbook
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 Florence as the site for both subject – in particular, the river Arno - and as a research resource for the practice of drawing - especially in the Florentine Galleries and Museums. The course is divided between working in the studio and on location in Florence. 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. A studio fee is levied on this course

During the week, students will work inside from still life and photographs and outside from life. There is a course fee for materials for this course.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 311 (3)
Course Title: Painting in Florence II
Course Description:
This is an advanced painting course, structured around specific painting projects to develop the range and technical competence of the student. Professional painting techniques are demonstrated and experimented with. There are advanced discussions of style, colour, form, composition and subject matter. This course includes outdoor painting and work in the studio. This course follows on from and builds upon, ADM 2XX Painting in Florence II. A studio fee is levied on this course.Prerequisites: ADM 2XX
Course Code and Credits: ADM 312 (3)
Course Title: Painting in Florence III
Course Description:
An extension of ADM 311, including outside painting and work in the studio. Structured around specific painting projects to develop the range and technical competence of the student. Professional painting techniques are demonstrated and experimented. There are discussions of topics such as style, color, form, composition and subject matter.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 341 (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). There is a studio fee for this course.