Offered for particular geographic areas of study. Required prerequisite for all full semester undergraduate global programs. Also intended for general interest in focused study on particular geographic area.
Course Description: In preparation for the spring semester in Italy, this two-unit course introduces students to Italian history, to the history of Italian architecture, and to Italian culture. It includes a section on the history of Northern Europe. It prepares students for living in Italy in the Spring 2013 semester, for learning to interrogate and analyze diverse urban cultures, and for adapting to a different culture and language.
Learning Objectives: Students will develop a working knowledge of the broad spectrum of Italian history and architecture, and an introduction to contemporary Italian culture, from food to film to politics. Students will research and write papers on aspects of Italian history, culture and politics based upon topics raised in readings and lectures. They will be able to write research papers and document their research in proper, academic form.