AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Rome, Italy
Summer 2018
Course Descriptions

   

A minimum of 10 students must enroll for classes to be offered.

SESSION 1 - 3 WEEKS

CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level is indicated along with course code.

Italian Language Course
Course Code and Credits: ITL 3831 – A1 (CEFR) (3)
Course Title: Elementary Italian I
Course Description:
A thorough, basic introduction to the Italian language for those with little or no previous experience, the course teaches essential vocabulary and grammar and develops students’ ability to communicate in an authentic linguistic context.

Courses Taught in English
Course Code and Credits: AVC 5840 (3)
Course Title: Art and Culture in Rome: 800 BC - 2000 AD
Course Description:
This course examines the history and society of Rome and its architectural and artistic expression as it developed over a period of 3,000 years. Students study key examples of architecture, monuments and art from Classical Rome through to the Renaissance and Baroque, and the modern period. Much of the course is taught on site with visits to churches, palaces and museums. Students should budget approximately 30 euros for admission to museums and galleries not included in the program fee.
Course Code and Credits: HST 5815 (3)
Course Title: History of Food and Table Manners
Course Description:
Explores food and food habits in human history from early civilization to the Modern period, via the Classical world and the Middle Ages. Themes such as the social function of banquets, dietary rules, food models, cultural identity and table manners are considered. The course includes on-site visits to local food markets and museums.
Course Code and Credits: RLG 5810 (3)
Course Title: Comparative World Religion
Course Description:
Explores the monotheistic religions of the Near East (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), those of India and the Far East (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism) and the ‘new-age’ faiths. The history and practice of each is studied. Special emphasis is laid on the philosophical and psychological basis of each religion and on common themes.

SESSION 2 - 4 WEEKS

These 45-hour courses are taught at the Rome Study Center by highly-qualified local instructors. CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level is indicated in parentheses.

Italian Language Courses
Course Code and Credits: ITL 3831 – A1 (3)
Course Title: Elementary Italian I
Course Description:
A thorough, basic introduction to the Italian language for those with little or 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 3832 – A1/A2 (3)
Course Title: Elementary Italian II
Course Description:
Designed for students who already have some knowledge of Italian, the course revises basic grammar and vocabulary before progressing to more complex structures and functions leading up to the next, Intermediate, level. Classes are conducted mainly in Italian, with ample opportunity for student oral practice.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 4831 - A1/B1 (3)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian I
Course Description:
This course helps students to develop their ability to communicate effectively and accurately, using an expanded range of vocabulary. Conversation practice improves listening and interpretation skills. Reading and writing exercises improve skills in understanding prose and writing. Prerequisite: successful completion 3/4 semesters of Italian.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 4832 - B2 (3)
Course Title: Intermediate Italian II
Course Description:
This course enables students 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 sophisticated vocabulary, to give them the ability to carry out and refine skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Italian. Prerequisite: successful completion 3/4 semesters of Italian.
Course Code and Credits: ITL 5830 – B2/C1 (3)
Course Title: Advanced Italian
Course Description:
This course introduces students to advanced structures and vocabulary, which will enable them to interact with the Italian world at a sophisticated level. It enables them to understand lectures and complex lines of argument, including various attitudes and viewpoints, both in oral and in written form. They should become fluent and spontaneous in verbal interaction, and well able to present and sustain an argument, both orally and in evidenced-based writing. Prerequisite: successful completion 3/4 semesters of Italian.

Courses Taught in English
Course Code and Credits: ADM 5875 (3)
Course Title: Sketchbook of Rome
Course Description:
Drawing is used as a basic exploratory tool to examine Rome as the site for both subject—in particular, the river Tevere—and as a research resource for the practice of drawing—especially in the Roman churches, galleries and museums. The course is divided between working in the studio and on location in Rome. 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.
Course Code and Credits: 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: AVC 4800 (1)
Course Title: Introduction to Italian Art
Course Description:
Examines developments in early Italian painting and sculpture leading up to the Renaissance and Baroque. Students analyze Italian art in its historical context, particularly in terms of patronage and the key social, religious and philosophical events. It is taught during field study visits, which include Florence, Sorrento, Pompeii, Naples, Venice and Capri. A field project paper is required.
Course Code and Credits: AVC 5810 (3)
Course Title: Renaissance and Baroque Art in Rome
Course Description:
This course examines the development of painting, sculpture and architecture in Renaissance and Baroque Italy from the fourteenth to the mid-seventeenth centuries, four centuries marking the passage from the Middle Ages to Modernity. Students examine key works, consider the historical and cultural context in which the art was produced and consumed, and how this art has been approached and analyzed historically. The course focuses on Rome and normally includes field trips to view works by, for example, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and Bernini. Students should budget approximately 30 euros for admission to museums and galleries not included in the program fee.
Course Code and Credits: FLM 5800 (3)
Course Title: History of Italian Cinema and Society
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: HST 5805 (3)
Course Title: Rome through the Ages
Course Description:
Covers the history of Rome from its reputed founding by Romulus and Remus to the establishment of the Roman Republic and the creation of the Roman Empire, leading up to conversion to Christianity and the appointment of the first Christian emperor. Much of the course is taught on-site with visits to archaeological sites, churches and museums. Students should budget approximately 30 euros for admission to museums and galleries not included in the program fee.
Course Code and Credits: HST 5820 (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.
Course Code and Credits: SCL 5855 (3)
Course Title: Culture and Style in Italy
Course Description:
The course focuses on aspects of post-war Italian culture including cuisine, fashion, religious beliefs and the persistence of superstition. Lectures cover topics such as the role of women, food and wine as cultural traditions, the effect of social change, and culture and style. Lectures are supported by field visits, food and wine tasting sessions, and audio-visual materials.