Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

Study Abroad in Rome: Courses

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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

ITL 3831 – A1 (CEFR) (3) | Elementary Italian I

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

AVC 5840 (3) | Art and Culture in Rome: 800 BC - 2000 AD

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.

HST 5815 (3) | History of Food and Table Manners

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.

RLG 5810 (3) | Comparative World Religion

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

ITL 3831 – A1 (3) | Elementary Italian I

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.

ITL 3832 – A1/A2 (3) | Elementary Italian II

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.

ITL 4831 - A1/B1 (3) | Intermediate Italian I

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.

ITL 4832 - B2 (3) | Intermediate Italian II

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.

ITL 5830 – B2/C1 (3) | Advanced Italian

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

ADM 5875 (3) | Sketchbook of Rome

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.

ADM 5860 (3) | Photography for the Media

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.

AVC 4800 (1) | Introduction to Italian Art

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.

AVC 5810 (3) | Renaissance and Baroque Art in Rome

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.

FLM 5800 (3) | History of Italian Cinema and Society

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.

HST 5805 (3) | Rome through the Ages

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.

HST 5820 (3) | History of the Italian Mafia

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.

SCL 5855 (3) | Culture and Style in Italy

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.