AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Florence, Italy
Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Internship Program
Course Descriptions

   

Intensive Language and Internship Preparation Course

Students take a mandatory 2-credit Italian language course during the orientation. Students must take an online entrance test (they will receive a login and password by email) in order to be admitted and be registered for any level higher than Elementary Italian I. Since language demands are more challenging, students are often placed in a lower level than requested. Students should make sure the advisors at their home institutions are informed of this to avoid problems with credit transfer.

Students are required to continue their Italian language study throughout the semester, earning a further 6 credits by studying higher levels of language. In addition, students participate in an internship placement and choose one content course (taught in English) related to their internship.

ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSES (TAUGHT IN ITALIAN)

Students receive 2 credits for the Italian language course during orientation and 6 credits (2 levels) for courses taken throughout the semester. Courses during orientation are offered at the following levels.
Orientation Italian Language Courses
Course Code and Credits: ITL 107 /ITL 3821 (2)
Course Title: Elementary Italian I
Course Description:
A basic introduction to the Italian language for those with no previous experience, the course teaches essential vocabulary and grammar and develops students’ ability to communicate in an authentic linguistic context.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 108/ITL 3822 (2)
Course Title: Elementary Italian II
Course Description:
Designed for students who already have some knowledge of Italian, the course revises basic grammar and vocabulary in preparation for the next, Intermediate, level. Classes and student oral practice are conducted mainly in Italian.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 207/ITL 4821 (2)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian I
Course Description:
This course helps students to develop their ability to communicate effectively, using an expanded range of vocabulary. Conversation practice improves listening and interpretation skills. Reading and writing exercises improve skills in understanding and writing simple prose. Prerequisites: 3 or 4 semesters of Italian.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 208/ITL 4822 (2)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian II
Course Description:
This course develops students’ skills and enables them to understand and respond to quite complex lines of argument, both in oral and in written form. Students are introduced to more complex forms of grammar and more expanded vocabulary, to give them the ability to carry out and refine tasks within authentic context. Prerequisites: 4 or 5 semesters of Italian.

Semester Italian Language Course
Course Code and Credits: ITL 103/ITL 3831 (6)
Course Title: Elementary Italian I
Course Description:
Students build an essential vocabulary and assimilate basic grammar and sentence structures. Listening, grammar and comprehension exercises, repetition and easy conversation.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 104/ITL 3832 (6)
Course Title: Elementary Italian II
Course Description:
This is a preparatory course to the Intermediate level, designed for students who have already had one or two semesters of Italian. Starts with basic grammar structures of the language but moves faster than Italian 103. Conversation is a central part. Admission to the course is based on testing in Italian. Prerequisite: 1 or 2 semesters of Italian.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 203/ITL 4831 (6)
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. Prerequisite: 3 or 4 semesters of Italian.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 204/ITL 4831 (6)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian II
Course Description:
Complex grammar structures are reviewed. Exercises reinforce reading, composition, phonetics, syntax and style. Conversational practice continues. Admission is based on testing in Italian. Prerequisite: 4 or 5 semesters of Italian.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 303/ITL 5830 (6)
Course Title: Advanced Italian
Course Description:
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. Prerequisites: 5 or 6 semesters of Italian.

Internship Description

Alongside their Italian language course, students have an internship placement plus review meetings with workplace supervisors and Richmond faculty for a total of 270 hours (6 credits), plus one course that must be related to the Internship (3 credits - see below).

International Internship 6972 (6)

Students intern in companies based in Florence for 12 weeks. Students taking the internship are also required to attend specially designed seminars throughout the semester. The Internship program combines workplace learning with classroom-based study and regular review sessions with workplace supervisors and Richmond faculty. Credit is awarded only after successful completion of all aspects of the program. Internships are unpaid and monitored by the workplace supervisor and a Richmond faculty member.

In addition to working and attending the internship seminars, students are required to submit a journal recording duties and learning, as well as an analysis of specified aspects of the work experience. They must also submit a final research paper describing and analyzing the workplace, the industry and goals achieved. Students give a presentation on their internship.

Assessment is based on the above criteria. Grades of A to F, with pluses and minuses, in accordance with the University grading policy are assigned and recorded on your Richmond transcript.

Internships and Related Courses

The Internship is offered in:

ARH 6972 INTERNSHIP IN ART HISTORY

The additional course to be taken is listed below.

If interested in a different Art History course among those offered this should be agreed with the Internship Coordinator.

Course Code and Credits: ARH 358/AVC 5855 (3)
Course Title: Museums and Galleries of Florence: The Cultures of Display
Course Description:
Focuses on visual culture and specifically on the purpose, role and practice of museums and galleries in Italy by exploring the organization and functioning of its most important museums. Florence offers particularly good examples of active and responsive local, regional and national museums covering a wide range of collections: the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace, the Bargello, Accademia, the Opificio delle Pietre Dure and other great art sites. Through on-site visits to local museums and art institutions, students gain direct knowledge of administrative structures and ideological directions of a wide range of public foundations and institutions dedicated to preserve and propagate culture. This course is designed for students with a major in Art History or for those interested in museum or gallery work.


ADM 6972 INTERNSHIP IN ART, DESIGN AND MEDIA

The additional course to be taken should be selected from the following:

Course Code and Credits: ADM 103/ADM 3800 spring only (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Drawing
Course Description:
This 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 203 /ADM 4800 spring only (3)
Course Title: Drawing II
Course Description:
This is a continuation of ADM 103/ADM 3800 and includes figure drawing, still-life drawing and landscape drawing. Students will be stimulated to go more in-depth into the problematics related to the human figure (anatomy), perspective (several vanishing points) and object drawing (higher complexity, more varied tonality). This course also includes an introduction into a more individual handling of traditional drawing techniques.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 307/ADM 5800 (3)
Course Title: Drawing III
Course Description:
This is a continuation of ADM 203 /ADM 4800 and therefore includes figure drawing, still-life drawing and landscape drawing. Students will be stimulated to search for a more personal way of composing and choosing types of lines and mark making. Assignments are more complex and narrative/illustrative, requiring a more process-like approach, which students are asked to verbalize to their instructor and fellow students.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 104/ADM 3855 (3)
Course Title: Painting in Florence I
Course Description:
This course includes inside assignments and outside painting (from the Boboli gardens, hills around Florence, etc.) The inside assignments are still related to the city of Florence and students work with (their) photographic material. In all paintings students will develop the ability to distinguish the essential qualities of natural form in order to produce the illusion of volume, space and movement on a two dimensional surface. Students are assisted in developing knowledge of color and a sense of structure and composition and experiment with different ways of applying the paint imitating some important painters (Caravaggio, Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh and Picasso).
Course Code and Credits: ADM 204/ADM 4855 (3)
Course Title: Painting in Florence II
Course Description:
Students build on the foundations laid in ADM 215. This course includes open air painting and work in the studio. Particular problems associated with tone and light are studied (side lighting, candle lighting, artificial lighting etc.). This class combines studio practice with discussion, critique and demonstration. Students are encouraged to talk about their work with the instructor and fellow students to clarify their objectives and problems.
Course Code and Credits: ADM 312/ADM 5855 (3)
Course Title: Painting in Florence III
Course Description:
An extension of ADM 204/ADM 4855, 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/ADM 5860 (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 DSLR (digital reflex) camera and a laptop (with any basic photo editing software). There is a studio fee for this course.
Course Code and Credits: ARH 358/AVC 5855 (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 universitylevel survey of the history of international art is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. Prerequisites: ARW 4195
Course Code and Credits: COM 308/COM 5855 spring only (3)
Course Title: News and the Media 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.


COM 6972 INTERNSHIP IN COMMUNICATIONS

The additional course to be taken should be selected from the following:

Course Code and Credits: ADM 341/ADM 5860 (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 DSLR (digital reflex) camera and a laptop (with any basic photo editing software). There is a studio fee for this course.
Course Code and Credits: COM 308/COM 5855 spring only (3)
Course Title: News and the Media 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: HST 315/HST 5825 (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 examines the geography, history and culture of Italian regional dishes that have brought Italy worldwide renown. The course looks at regional gastronomic traditions and their origins, including 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. A visit to a wine and olive oil farm in Tuscany will give a practical illustration of how resources are linked to food practices.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 370/MKT 5810 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.


ECN 6972 INTERNSHIP IN ECONOMICS

The additional course to be taken should be selected from the following:

Course Code and Credits: ARH 317/AVC 5835 (3)
Course Title: History of 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: ECN 357/ECN 5805 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/ENT 5805 (3)
Course Title: Italian Family Business
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.
Course Code and Credits: INB 306/INB 6810 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: MKT 315/MKT 5805(3)*
Course Title: Fashion Marketing and Retail
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 fashion merchandise, foreign and domestic markets, and the distribution and promotion of fashion.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 370/MKT 5810 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.


EDU 6972 INTERNSHIP IN EDUCATION

The additional course to be taken can be selected from all of the content courses (for 3 credits) listed for the traditional Florence program.


INB 6972 INTERNSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

The additional course to be taken should be selected from the following:

Course Code and Credits: ECN 357/ECN 5805 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/ENT 5805 (3)
Course Title: Italian Family Business
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.
Course Code and Credits: INB 306/INB 6810 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: MKT 315/MKT 5805(3)
Course Title: Fashion Marketing and Retail
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 fashion merchandise, foreign and domestic markets, and the distribution and promotion of fashion.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 370/MKT 5810 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.


INB 6972 INTERNSHIP IN HOTEL MANAGEMENT AND TOURISM

The additional course to be taken should be selected from the following:

Course Code and Credits: ARH 317/AVC 5835 (3)*
Course Title: History of 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: ECN 357/ECN 5805 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/ENT 5805 (3)
Course Title: Italian Family Business
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.
Course Code and Credits: HST 315/HST 5825 (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 examines the geography, history and culture of Italian regional dishes that have brought Italy worldwide renown. The course looks at regional gastronomic traditions and their origins, including 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. A visit to a wine and olive oil farm in Tuscany will give a practical illustration of how resources are linked to food practices.
Course Code and Credits: INB 306/INB 6810 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.


MKT 6972 INTERNSHIP IN MARKETING

The additional course to be taken should be selected from the following:

Course Code and Credits: ARH 317/AVC 5835 (3)*
Course Title: History of 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: ECN 357/ECN 5805 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/ENT 5805 (3)
Course Title: Italian Family Business
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.
Course Code and Credits: INB 306/INB 6810 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: MKT 315/MKT 5805 (3)
Course Title: Fashion Marketing and Retail
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 fashion merchandise, foreign and domestic markets, and the distribution and promotion of fashion.
Course Code and Credits: MKT 370/MKT 5810 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.

Internship Opportunities


Please note that final selection is always at the discretion of the organization.