The study of Italian culture helps the student to acquire a deep awareness of both cultural unity and regional diversity. This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and to broaden one’s awareness and understanding of the role of cultural heritage in customs and lifestyles. Lectures will provide students with an organized, focused, and academic understanding of Italian history, art, architecture, food, religion and culture. The course provides additional enrichment through basic notions of Italian language and terminology along with assigned readings and a final paper. On-site teaching is a significant part of this course and is aimed to provide the student with an incomparable experience of studying important sites of artistic architectural and social relevance in present-day Italy. Students are encouraged to observe the sites through active participation and to discuss their observations using specific and analytic social assessment skills.
CULTURAL INTRODUCTION TO ITALY
1-WEEK FIELD LEARNING OPTION
LSSOCI200 Cultural Introduction to Italy
Credit load: 3 credits
Learning locations: One week of field learning with focus on Italian culture: Rome, Tuscan coast, and Cinque Terre in the fall; Rome, Oriveto, and Perugia in the spring.
Dates and Schedules: See below for our Academic Calendar and Summer C-D-E-F course schedules.
Please note: Students may continue with the below Florence-only Cultural Introduction to Italy course for a total of 6 credits.
3-WEEK FLORENCE-ONLY OPTION
LSSOCI202 Cultural Introduction to Italy
Credit load: 3 credits (45 lecture hours)
Learning location: Florence
Dates and Schedules: See below for our Academic Calendar and Summer I-II-III-IV course schedules.
4-WEEK, 6-CREDIT OPTION
LSSOCI207 Cultural Introduction to Italy
Credit load: 6 credits
Learning location: 1-week field learning locations (see above), Florence
Dates and Schedules: See below for our Academic Calendar and Summer V-VI-VII-VIII course schedules.
The field learning brochure of Cultural Introduction to Italy is available for download.
For further information and course details:
To apply please visit our Undergraduate Admissions Area.