AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Rome, Italy
Summer 2020
Course Descriptions


Service Learning Program

ISL 5800 (3)
Service Learning and Active Citizenship

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 addition to the field work, the student will produce a written journal of their experiences which provides critical reflection, a ‘community action’ portfolio (analytical essay) and a final oral presentation.

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 Rome.

In addition to the Service Learning course and community placement, students take one 3-credit course during the first three weeks (Session 1). Students can select from the list below. Students may also earn an additional one credit by enrolling in AVC 4800: Introduction to Italian Art.

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, Capri and Venice. A field project paper is required.
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.
Course Code and Credits: PSY 4800 (3)
Course Title: Cross-Cultural Psychology
Course Description:
This course provides a multicultural and global perspective psychology. Students analyze how culture influences human thoughts and behavior across cultures by integrating theoretical and applied components of cross-cultural psychology with theory and research from anthropology, sociology, biology, geography, communications and intercultural relations.